Associate in Applied Science
CIP Code: 51.1008
The mission of the Histological Technician program is to develop New York State-licensed pathology laboratory professionals. Educational experiences rely on sound and innovative pedagogical approaches, unique technical training, and robust clinical practice. We serve as a pathway for direct employment in the statewide healthcare community. Our mission aligns with the institutional mission by creating access to inclusive, diverse educational experiences through our fully-online certificate and associate degree programs.
Program Learning Outcomes
- Competent in collecting, processing, and analyzing tissue specimens and other substances.
- Demonstrate proper lab safety techniques, and biohazard and chemical handling.
- Perform histological processing of tissue specimen and other specimens including: preservation, fixation, embedding, sectioning and staining paraffin-embedded tissue.
- Recognize factors that affect procedures and results, and taking appropriate actions within predetermined limits when corrections are indicated.
- Perform and monitor quality control within predetermined limits.
- Perform preventative and corrective maintenance of equipment and instruments or refer to appropriate sources for repairs.
- Apply principles of safety.
- Demonstrate professional conduct and interpersonal communication skills with patients, laboratory personnel, other health care professionals, and with the public.
- Recognize the responsibilities of other laboratory and health care personnel and interact with them with respect for their jobs and patient care.
Rachael Hagerman, Chairperson
Office: Decker Health Science Center, Room 217
Telephone: +1 (607) 778-5495
Histotechnology professionals prepare, mount, cut, and stain tissue sections used by pathologists to diagnose disease or other abnormalities, such as cancer. They have diverse and multi-level functions in the areas of analysis and clinical decision-making, information management, regulatory compliance, education, and quality assurance/performance improvement wherever anatomic pathology testing is researched, marketed, developed or performed. They perform, develop, evaluate, correlate and assure accuracy and validity of laboratory testing and procedures; direct and supervise anatomic pathology laboratory resources and operations; and collaborate in the diagnosis and treatment of patients.