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Histotechnology Curriculum

Degree and certification

Candidates for the histotechnology degree must have completed the prescribed curriculum with an overall cumulative grade point average of 2.00 or better on a 4.00 scale on all work at UMMC. Due to the variability of available clinical sites, completion of the required curriculum may be extended beyond the minimum of 22 months. Following satisfactory completion of all requirements, students will be awarded the Bachelor of Science in Histotechnology from the University of Mississippi and are eligible to apply to take the HTL(ASCP) national certification examination to become certified as a histotechnologist.

Some states may require licensure in order to practice; however, state licenses are usually based on the results of the HTL(ASCP) certification examination. Be advised that a misdemeanor or felony conviction may affect a graduate's ability to sit for the HTL(ASCP) certification examination or attain state license.

Granting of the degree is not contingent upon passing an external certification or licensure exam.

Professional course of study

Junior year
FallSemester hours
HTL 300Introduction to Histology3
HTL 305Basic Clinical Biochemistry2
HTL 310Medical Terminology2
MLS 311Basic and Clinical Immunology3
MLS 313Clinical Bacteriology3
MLS 327Laboratory Operations2
Total hours15
HTL 320Histotechniques I4
HTL 330Staining Techniques I3
HTL 350Research Design and Statistics3
MLS 312Essentials of Hematology3
MLS 340General Pathology2
Total hours12
Senior year
SummerSemester hours
HTL 410Ethics and Professional Issues1
MLS 323Mycology, Parasitology and Virology3
MLS 405Introduction to Molecular Diagnostics3
MLS 430Research Methods3
Total hours10
HTL 420Histotechniques II4
HTL 425Seminar1
HTL 430Staining Techniques II3
MLS 310Body Fluid Analysis3
MLS 417Principles of Management and Education in CLS1
Total hours12
HTL 435Histotechnology Capstone2
HTL 440Histotechnology Practicum I5
HTL 445Histotechnology Practicum II5
Total hours12
Total required hours64