Bachelor of Histotechnology

Histology Degree and Accreditation

The Bachelor of Science in Histotechnology Program is seeking programmatic accreditation by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS). The National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS) serves as the accrediting body for Histotechnology programs in the United States. The initial accreditation process for new programs is sequential in nature consisting of 1.) NAACLS submission letter requesting an application; 2.) Preliminary program report with required documentation; 3.) NAACLS self-study process following the beginning of the first class; 4.) Initial application payment fee; 5.) Self-study submission to NAACLS; 6.) Program application status from NAACLS; 7.) Self-study review and response; and 8.) Site visit and site visit report. All documentation is reviewed by NAACLS. The Clinical Laboratory Sciences Programs Review Committee makes recommendations for accreditation to the NAACLS Board of Directors. The NAACLS Board of Directors then awards the final accreditation. Contact information for NAACLS is as follows: 5600 North River Road, Suite 720, Rosemont, IL 60018-5119; phone number for NAACLS is (773) 714-8880.

Degree and certification

Candidates for the histotechnology degree must have completed the prescribed curriculum with an overall cumulative grade point average of 2.50 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.