College Announces New Histologic Program

July 26, 2021 sdawkins Blog

laboratory 5721244 1920Jefferson State announced a new Histology Associate Degree Program will be offered during the fall 2021 semester.

In this growing healthcare profession, Histologic Technicians assist the pathologist in the diagnosis of disease by preparing microscopic slides of tissues from surgery and autopsy. They are employed in hospitals, private laboratories, research, industry and veterinary pathology.

“The bureau of labor statistics shows the demand for histologic technicians is on the rise and good paying jobs are available,” said Jefferson State Program Coordinator Candy Hill. “Jefferson State is committed to giving students the education, training, and resources needed to begin a career in Histotechnology, and to instill in them the desire to uphold the highest standards of performance.”

Histologic Technicians may also prepare frozen sections to prepare tissues for a rapid diagnosis while the patient is still under anesthesia in surgery. Other responsibilities may include assisting with tissue grossing and performing special stains.

The Histologic Technician (HST) Program consists of basic academic courses required for the associate degree, HST major courses taught online with a student lab experience taught weekly on campus in our histology labs, and clinical experiences in one of several hospitals and reference laboratories in the Birmingham area.

This is a two-step admission process. First, students must first apply for admission to the college during any semester and register for general education requirements and prerequisites for the HST Program.

Next, students must submit the HST Program application by the deadlines listed on the application.

The deadline has been extended to Aug. 1 for fall classes.

The application can be downloaded here and emailed to [email protected].

Successful completion of the program leads to an Associate in Applied Science Degree and eligibility for national HT certification by the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP).

For more information, click here.