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Histotechnology Certificate program

Histotechnology Distance Education

In October 2010 the first group of distance education students matriculated in The Histotechnology Program. The distance education option is designed for histology professionals who currently work in a histology laboratory and desire to continue their education and sit for the HTL Board of Registry exam. The focus of the education is on the theory of histotechnology. However, evidence of clinical competence must be submitted throughout the program.

Two start dates are available for DE students, April and September. While this option is more individualized than the traditional program, students are required to complete the program within one year. Accomodations may be made under certain circumstances.

Prior to matriculation into the program a clinical affiliation agreement must be established between MUSC and the affiliate laboratory. Clinical affiliates are responsible for laboratory supplies and equipment. MUSC will verify that the clinical experience is comparable to that of the MUSC onsite program.

Delivery Method

All didactic material will be delivered online via asynchronous media, and clinical experience will be provided by the affiliate laboratory.  The course management system, Moodle, is used to deliver assignments, lecture material, and tests. Students will be required to have access to a personal computer with internet access.

For more information regarding specific dates, including application deadlines, please refer to the Academic Calendar.

Hardware RequirementsPC SoftwareMac Software

CPU with minimum of 2.0GHz

1 GB RAM (2 GB if using Vista)

80GB Hard Drive

2 USB 2.0 ports

Sound Card (external or internal speakers)

USB Microphone

Windows XP, Vista, or 7

Microsoft Office

Adobe Reader

Internet Browser - Internet Explorer or Firefox

Mac OS X version 10.4 or 10.5

Microsoft Office for Mac

Adobe Reader

Internet Browser - Safari or Firefox

Clinical Affiliates

Because distance education students are already employed in a histology laboratory, the clinical affiliates will vary from year to year. As of October 2010 there are two clinical affiliates,

Kingman Regional Medical Center - Kingman, AZ

Pee Dee Pathology Associates - Florence, SC


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