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Histotechnology Certificate program

Admission Requirements

Admission is based on the applicant’s prior academic performance at the college level, personal interviews, and assessment of personal qualities needed to successfully complete the program.

The admission process has two phases. In the first phase, applicants are evaluated on the basis of their cumulative GPA, Science GPA, and references. A select number of applicants are invited to participate in an interview. During the group interview process the applicant’s skills in verbal and written communication, and problem solving are assessed. The Admissions Committee, using a pre-determined scoring process, ranks the applicants for offering a seat in the class. Each applicant will receive a letter indicating acceptance, placement on a waiting list, or denial of acceptance. Students accepted into the program will be granted 2 weeks to accept or reject the offer of admission.

Specific requirements are as follows:

In addition to the above stated academic requirements for admission, there are technical standards which pertain to manual dexterity, hearing, fine motor skills, mobility, vision, and communication that are required for completion of the program. Applicants are required to read the “MUSC Medical Center Physical Requirements” document and sign a confirmation form stating that they meet these requirements. The standards are basic and essential requirements that may also be necessary to obtain employment in the field of histotechnology.

All students considering application to the program are highly encouraged to visit a clinical/medical laboratory to observe the various tasks performed by histotechnologists and the various physical requirements of the position.

  1. Applicants must have a bachelor of science degree in biology, chemistry, microbiology, or related science field from an accredited college or university which includes:
    • At least 30 semester hours of biology and chemistry courses, must include both. Recommended courses include, microbiology, immunology, anatomy and physiology.
    • Three semester hours of college algebra or higher-level math.
  2. A grade point average of at least 2.75 (on a 4.0 scale) on all college work and an average of at least 2.75 on all science courses are required for consideration.

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