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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, totaling 47 credit hours.

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.

Drexel Histotechnology program graduate student Nate Hubel using a microtome.

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

Degree Requirements - Required Courses

MFSP 552S

Structure of the Human Body

3.0

MFSP 553S

Human Structure Lab

1.0

MHPP 500S

Advanced Histotechnology

4.0

MHPP 502S

Histotechnology Capstone Project

3.0

MHPP 503S

Histotechnology Practicum

9.0

MLAS 545S

Fundamentals of Histology

3.0

MSPA 510S

Laboratory Management

2.0

MSPA 520S

Medical Terminology

3.0

MSPA 540S

Histotechnology I

3.0

MSPA 560S

Medical Ethics

2.0

MSPA 580S

Medical Microbiology I

4.0

MSPA 590S

Leadership Skills for the Medical Profession

3.0

MSPP 511S

Concepts in Biochemistry & Cell Biology

4.0

 

Total Credits

47.0

 
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Sample Plan of Study

Drexel Histotechnology program image - AFB mycobacterium avium complex.

AFB mycobacterium avium complex.

Fall - Term Credits: 16.0

  • MLAS 545S - Fundamentals of Histology (3.0)
  • MSPA 520S - Medical Terminology (3.0)
  • MSPA 540S - Histotechnology I (3.0)
  • MSPA 590S - Leadership Skills for the Medical Profession (3.0)
  • MSPP 511S - Concepts in Biochemistry & Cell Biology (4.0)
Drexel Histotechnology program image - Trichrome stain, liver, chronic active hepatitis

Trichrome stain, liver, chronic active hepatitis.

Spring - Term Credits: 18.0

  • MFSP 551S - Human Function (3.0)
  • MFSP 552S - Structure of the Human Body (3.0)
  • MFSP 553S - Human Structure Lab (1.0)
  • MHPP 500S - Advanced Histotechnology (4.0)
  • MHPP 502S - Histotechnology Capstone Project (3.0)
  • MSPA 580S - Medical Microbiology I (4.0)

Summer

Term Credits: 13.0

  • MHPP 503S - Histotechnology Practicum (9.0)
  • MSPA 510S - Laboratory Management (2.0)
  • MSPA 560S - Medical Ethics (2.0)

Total Credits: 47.0