Histology Program Orientation

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					    Histology Program Student
           Orientation

Welcome! We are pleased that you have decided to pursue
  your Histology Training at Columbus State Community
  College. We hope that this orientation presentation will
 provide the answers to any additional questions that you
              may have about the program.
 Note: This presentation is intended to provide
  orientation information for those students
   receiving non-traditional credit for work
    experience in a Histology Laboratory.


If you intend to enroll in clinical practicum courses, please see the
 second, more detailed presentation. It contains more information
              about the clinical practicum experience.
Program Mission


“To provide a learning experience, that when
 successfully completed, prepares students to
    demonstrate those skills and behaviors
   congruent with those of the professional
               Histotechnician.”
Program Goals
   Provide a base of theory and practice that is
    appropriate to develop the entry-level skills of a
    Histotechnician.
   Provide a program with on-going review so that
    accreditation guidelines are maintained.
   Demonstrate support of the College’s Mission
    and goals.
   Support the profession of Histotechnology by
    preparing graduates who are competent in
    Histology skills and as members of the health
    care team.
   Prepare graduates to successfully complete a
    national certification exam.
Student Advising
   Academic advising questions: please contact the
    director of the Histology program, Peggy Mayo.
   Her office is located in Union Hall, room 519.
   Distance students may reach her at 614-287-2608,
    or 800-621-6407 ext. 2608,or via email at
    pmayo@cscc.edu
   Histology related course content questions:
    please contact the education coordinator at
     614-287-5377 ext. 7668 (voicemail box) or at
     jweave01@cscc.edu
Student Rights
As a CSCC Histology student you have the right to:

   Be treated fairly and equitably without regard to
    race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation,
    nationality, age or disability.
   Expect safe work conditions.
   Know the policies and procedures of the Histology
    program and CSCC.
   Expect that all records will be kept confidential.
   Receive course syllabi, containing course objectives
    and evaluation policies.
General Student Responsibilities
   Treat other students, CSCC and Clinical faculty and staff
    with respect.
   Cooperate with peers, CSCC and clinical faculty and
    staff.
   Demonstrate a responsible attitude toward your work
    and others.
   Be knowledgeable about and abide by CSCC and
    Histology program policies and procedures.
   Bring ideas and concerns to the program director.
   Meet with the academic director regarding any academic
    concerns.
   Not misrepresent someone else’s work as your own.
   Practice safety precautions at all times.
Student Health and Safety

   A completed health record will be required to be on
    file at College Health Records office.
   All students are strongly encouraged to carry health
    insurance. All full-time students are eligible for low-
    cost group accident and illness insurance.
   You may have access to emergency services while
    at your clinical facilities. If you need assistance while
    on campus, you may call ext. 2525 from any
    campus phone.
   For any life-threatening emergencies, dial 911.
Liability Insurance

   Professional liability insurance is a clinical
    affiliate and department requirement.
   This insurance is provided to students
    through the clinical contract that Columbus
    State has made with each clinical affiliate.
   The College will provide this insurance as
    part of the student’s laboratory fees.
Program Curriculum
   The CSCC Histology certificate program is a
    NAACLS accredited program.
   The mission and program goals of the Histology
    program are directed at helping you achieve the
    competency and learning objective goals set forth
    by NAACLS as appropriate for the entry-level
    Histotechnician.
   Additionally, the program is designed to help you
    successfully prepare for the HT registry exam
    offered by the American Society for Clinical
    Pathologists (ASCP).
   Content will be presented to you in online lecture,
    and you will apply the learned concepts in the
    histology laboratory.
Lecture (theory) courses
   Lecture courses will be presented online using
    Blackboard.
   The lecture will supplement the information
    presented in assigned readings.
   You may be required to complete homework, view
    additional web pages, digital images, participate in
    online discussion boards, and other activities.
   These assignments and activities are designed to
    enhance your understanding of fundamental
    concepts used in the practice of Histotechnology.
    Student expectations for lecture
    (theory) courses:
   You should obtain the required textbooks prior to start of the quarter. A
    textbook list was provided with your admission checklist.
   You need to check Blackboard announcements and your CSCC email
    account frequently, as this is the best way for instructors to communicate
    with you in an online forum.
   You are expected to complete assigned readings, discussion posts and
    other assignments by the posted due dates.
   Make-up work, and exams are at the discretion of the instructor for that
    course. Details about that instructor’s policy regarding make-up work will
    be found in the course syllabus.
   You must contact the instructor prior to the due date for assignments and
    prior to the exam date to make any arrangements for unforeseen
    circumstances that prevent you from completing items on time.
Student Access to Grades
   At the beginning of each quarter you will be able to
    access the course syllabi on Blackboard.
   Each course syllabus will describe the objectives of
    the course and the criteria that will be used to evaluate
    you.
   You may check your grades on Blackboard at any
    point in the quarter.

   You should contact your instructor for any questions
    regarding your grades. If you are not satisfied with
    your progress, contact your instructor or the education
    coordinator right away-do not wait until the end of the
    quarter!
Program Progress and Evaluation

   In each theory (lecture) course, examinations will
    be administered that measure your proficiency in
    each competency area. A passing grade is 75%
    proficiency.
   Passing grades are required to continue in the
    program. Failure of any course will require you
    to withdraw and repeat that course.
   Failing any course twice, or failing more than
    one course, will cause you to be permanently
    removed from the program.
Non-traditional “N” credit
   If you are a student receiving non-traditional credit for your work
    experience in a histology laboratory you may not need to enroll in or
    complete any additional clinical courses.
   If you wish to receive N-Credit for this work experience, you should
    have already submitted your portfolio for review by the Director and
    Education Coordinator before beginning the Histology Program.
   Your work experience needs to be properly documented and verified
    by a supervisor. This information will be evaluated to see if it
    equates to the competency requirements of the clinical practicum
    experiences.
   If you have additional questions about non-traditional credit, please
    visit http://cscc.edu/Students/Adult/pla.htm
   Please contact the Education Coordinator if you have questions
    about your work experience evaluation.
How the next three
quarters will be organized:

 The next few slides will outline what
 courses you will be enrolling in over the
 next three quarters as you complete the
 Histology program.
Histology Program:                 1 st   Quarter
You will be registering for:
1. MULT 150 -Histologic Techniques-online lecture (3
   credit hours) You will learn the essential steps of the
   histology process. Topics include; embedding,
   processing, microtomy, and troubleshooting techniques.

2.   MULT 152 and Tissue ID-online lecture (2 credit hours)
     You will be introduced to tissue structure and
     microscopic identification techniques. Tissue structure
     is correlated with staining reaction.
Important dates for fall quarter:

   The Histology program begins in fall quarter,
    commencing on September 24th 2008.
   Registration for fall quarter courses begins on
    July 28th.
   Fall quarter ends on December 13, 2008.
Histology Program Content: 2nd Quarter

 You will be registering for:
 MULT 154 – Chemistry of Stains I-online lecture
 ( 3 credits)
 You will learn the fundamentals of routine and special
  histological staining theory.
Important dates for winter quarter:

   Winter quarter begins on January 5th 2008.
   Registration for winter quarter is open
    beginning on October 27th 2008.
   Winter quarter ends on March 21st 2009.
Histology Program Content: 3rd quarter

 You will be registering for:
  MULT 156-Chemistry of Stains II-online lecture
  ( 2 credits)
  This lecture is a continuation of Chemistry of Stains I,
   and will cover special histology staining,
   immunohistochemistry, and advanced troubleshooting
   techniques.
Important dates for Spring quarter:

   Spring quarter begins on March 30th 2009.
   Registration opens for spring quarter on
    February 2nd 2009.
   Spring quarter ends on June 13th 2009.
 At the successful completion
 of this program:

You will have fulfilled the eligibility requirements to take the national
certification exam for the Histotechnician, offered by the American
Society for Clinical Pathologists (ASCP).
However, taking the registry exam is not required to successfully
complete this program.
Eligibility for ASCP
certification exam
   Completion of this program will satisfy one available
    route to eligibility for the ASCP (HT) certification exam.
   The ASCP registry exam is administered by the Board of
    Registry (BOR).
   The BOR has been the primary certifying body for
    laboratory professions since 1928.
   A step-by-step guide to the BOR application process is
    available on the ASCP website: http://www.ascp.org
   The application fee for the exam is $ 175.00.
   Taking the ASCP exam is not a required component of
    this CSCC Histology program.
BOR application process for registry
exams:
1.   Identify the exam and determine your eligibility.
2.   Gather your education and experience documentation.
3.   Apply for the exam (application + fee + documentation).
4.   Schedule your exam ( you will receive a letter that admits you
     for a 3 month exam period).
5.   We recommend taking the exam at the earliest possible date.
6.   The exam is a Computer Adapted Test. You will have
     preliminary results when you finish the exam.
7.   You will receive your official results about 6 weeks from your
     exam date.
Other information sources:
   Please remember that you may consult your Histology
    Student Handbook for more information.
   You are responsible for the content of the Histology
    Student Handbook, and the policies of the College.
    These are available to you online at http://www.cscc.edu.
   You may contact the Education Coordinator with any
    questions or for clarifications.
   You may contact the Histology program director with any
    academic concerns.
   You may contact the course instructor for any course-
    specific questions or concerns.
   All contact information can be found on the Histology
    program website, and/or the course syllabus.
Important CSCC campus phone numbers:



   College Health Office (health records and
    health insurance brochures) 614-287-2450
   Admissions (welcome center) 614-287-2669
   Records & Registration 614-287-3635
   Financial aid representative 614-287-2648
Other questions or concerns?

   If you did not find the answer to your question
    within the content of this presentation, please
    contact the education coordinator and/or the
    program director.
   We will do our best to answer any additional
    questions that you may have.
   Best of luck to you in the Histology Certificate
    Program at Columbus State Community
    College!

				
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