Histology Program Student
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.
“To provide a learning experience, that when
successfully completed, prepares students to
demonstrate those skills and behaviors
congruent with those of the professional
Provide a base of theory and practice that is
appropriate to develop the entry-level skills of a
Provide a program with on-going review so that
accreditation guidelines are maintained.
Demonstrate support of the College’s Mission
Support the profession of Histotechnology by
preparing graduates who are competent in
Histology skills and as members of the health
Prepare graduates to successfully complete a
national certification exam.
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
Histology related course content questions:
please contact the education coordinator at
614-287-5377 ext. 7668 (voicemail box) or at
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
Cooperate with peers, CSCC and clinical faculty and
Demonstrate a responsible attitude toward your work
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
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
For any life-threatening emergencies, dial 911.
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.
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
Additionally, the program is designed to help you
successfully prepare for the HT registry exam
offered by the American Society for Clinical
Content will be presented to you in online lecture,
and you will apply the learned concepts in the
Lecture (theory) courses
Lecture courses will be presented online using
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
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 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
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%
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
If you have additional questions about non-traditional credit, please
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: 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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