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 the University of Mississippi Medical Center. 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 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.