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Histotechnology (MHP) Curriculum

The Master of Science in Histotechnology (MHP) program's curriculum includes several required courses and a three-month practicum.

The clinical practicum is designed for students to apply the knowledge and techniques they learn during their didactic courses in a clinical hospital setting. It allows students the opportunity to perform routine as well as specialized histotechnology techniques under the supervision of a qualified histotechnologist.

Degree Requirements

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Sample Plan of Study

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Program Level Outcomes

Graduates of the Master of Science in Histotechnology program will achieve six program level outcomes that describe the skills, competencies and knowledge gained through completion of the program curriculum.

  • Demonstrate the ability to properly account for and process submitted tissue(s) including appropriate specimen accessioning and selection of the correct processing cycle to ensure adequate fixation and tissue type
  • Demonstrate the ability to orient, embed and document tissue pieces in each cassette
  • Demonstrate the ability to use a precision microtome including selecting the correct micron setting for specific tissue types and stains to be performed and using proper cutting technique
  • Demonstrate the ability to perform hematoxylin and eosin (H&E) staining including proper slide drying technique, choosing appropriate staining times and selecting appropriate tissue for quality control
  • Demonstrate the ability to perform special stains including preparing staining solutions, selecting appropriate control tissue and performing special stains according to procedure
  • Demonstrate mastery of lab management skills such as basic administrative, budgetary, supervisory, and teaching duties. These duties include administrative maintenance of surgical pathology protocols, procedures and policies, maintenance of slides and blocks for appropriate length of time, proper maintenance of equipment, provision of adequate supplies, and maintaining the cleanliness of all areas of the surgical pathology laboratory
Drexel Histotechnology program image - AFB mycobacterium avium complex.

AFB mycobacterium avium complex.

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Trichrome stain, liver, chronic active hepatitis.