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Histological Technician Program - Prospective Students

Do I Qualify?

To complete the Online Histological Technician Certificate program within one year as a part-time student, entering students typically have earned a A.S. degree in a health science program, or a related field. Their previous coursework should include completion (C or better) of the following courses or their equivalents:

  • Human Biology I and II / BIO131, 132
  • Chemistry I and II / CHM145, 146
  • College Writing I / ENG110
  • Literature / LIT200
  • Statistics / MAT124
  • Survey of Organic Chemistry / CHM 133
  • Social Science/Civic Ed electives (6 credits required)

Students who lack some or all of the background described can still complete the program as a full-time student or, depending on the missing coursework, may require an extended time of study.

  • Entering students without a college degree should have successfully completed:
  • Sequential Math I, II, and III, or A and B, or the equivalent
  • Regents Biology, College Preparatory Biology or Applied Biology
  • Regents Chemistry, College Preparatory Chemistry or Chemistry I & II
  • Regents English
  • Minimum grade of 74 in Math/Chemistry

In order to be eligible for NYS Licensure as a Histological Technician, the student must have earned or are in the process of earning an associate’s degree with the proper distribution and number of science courses required to meet NYS licensure requirements.

Personal characteristics that predict success in this program are the ability to research and solve problems, an interest in science and medicine, curiosity, reliability, and a desire to be involved in a truly rewarding profession.

Student Essential Functions

The essential functions are the nonacademic requirements of each program. They correspond to the physical, psychological and professional demands required of a Clinical Laboratory Technician or Phlebotomist. Each of these professionals performs tests and procedures that impact patient care and safety. For this reason, although Broome Community College is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Institution, it is important that every applicant meets certain technical standards (essential functions) to be able to engage in training activities that will not endanger students, faculty or patients. With appropriate accommodations if needed, all students must be able to perform activities such as those listed below.

Essential Function/Technical Standards

Essential functions/technical standards represent the essential non-academic requirements of the histotechnician program that students must master to successfully participate in the Program. Persons wishing to enter, or those students who expect to continue in the Histotechnician Practicum, must:

1. Eye-Hand: Possess manual dexterity, fine motor skills and eye-hand coordination to:

  • accurately judge distance and depth
  • manipulate, maneuver, adjust and control small objects, with coordination, such as tissues, forceps, scalpels, equipments, instruments, chemicals, supplies, and computer keyboards/mouse.

2. Vision: Possess visual acuity with the ability to discriminate:

  • color and shadings
  • details and structures in the comparison of charts, graphs, computer screens
  • microscopic slides, special stains, tissues and objects through a microscope.

3. Health: Possess the physical, mental and emotional health to:

  • work an eight-hour day
  • be flexible to reach and bend
  • have mobility to maneuver around the laboratory
  • lift 20 pounds

4. Affective Attributes: Possess the ability to:

  • be flexible, creative and adaptable to change
  • be tolerant, compassionate, ethical and responsible in all actions
  • apply complex thought processes for troubleshooting
  • use reasonable judgment under stressful conditions
  • prioritize tasks
  • perform productively, with accuracy, within a feasible time allowance

5. Hazards: Possess the willingness and ability to work with:

  • sharp objects
  • hazardous chemicals
  • infectious/biohazardous materials
  • repetitious tasks

6. Communications: Possess the ability to:

  • follow verbal and written instructions
  • read and comprehend professional and technical text, reports, communications, numbers and graphs
  • possess the ability to study independently
  • write reports and exams on the post-secondary level
  • possess the ability to take exams/evaluations without additional resources or assistance
  • effectively interact and communicate with all patients, staff, doctors, administrators and coworkers
  • verbalize and write in English which is the primary language of this institution