Master of Science in Histotechnology

Master of Science: 47.0 semester credits

About the Program

The School of Biomedical Sciences and Professional Studies offers the Master of Science in Histotechnology program. This one-year (12-month) program combines academic studies with a clinical practicum to prepare the students to perform complex tissue specimen preparations in the histology laboratory. The program provides advanced training and is designed to enable graduates to work as highly qualified histotechnologists under the supervision of pathologists.

Coursework includes histology, biochemistry, advanced histotechnology, anatomy, physiology, microbiology, medical ethics, laboratory management and leadership skills. In addition to the course work, students complete a three-month practicum designed to allow students to apply the knowledge and techniques learned during their didactic courses in a clinical hospital setting. The practicum allows the student the opportunity to perform routine as well as specialized, histotechnology techniques under the supervision of a qualified histotechnologist.

Program Accreditation

The National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS) has established national standards for Histotechnology training programs. The standards include both didactic course work and clinical experiences necessary to properly educate a Histotechnologist. The Master of Histotechnology program at Drexel University College of Medicine is accredited by NAACLS. Visit the NAACLS website for more information about the professional activities of this organization. 

Professional Certification

The American Society for Clinical Pathology Board of Certification (ASCP BOC) has established a national certification program for Histotechnologists. Graduates of the Master of Histotechnology program are eligible to sit for the national certification examination for Histotechnology. Visit the ASCP BOC website to read more about the certification program and the professional activities of this organization.

Professional Affiliation

The National Society for Histotechnology (NSH) is a non-profit organization, committed to the advancement of Histotechnology, its practitioners and quality standards of practice through leadership, education and advocacy. Visit the NSH  website to read more about the professional activities of this organization.

Career Opportunities

Histotechnologists are employed in community hospitals, academic centers such as medical schools and university hospitals, private pathology laboratories, medical research centers, government hospitals. Additional opportunities are available in clinical and industrial research, veterinary pathology, marine biology and forensic pathology.

For more information about this program, visit the College of Medicine's Master of Science in Histotechnology page.

Admission Requirements

A bachelor's degree in a biological or allied health science, with a cumulative GPA of approximately 2.75, is the minimum requirement for acceptance into the Master’s Degree Program. Prerequisite course work includes mathematics, English composition, general chemistry, organic and/or biochemistry and biological science. Microbiology, anatomy and histology are recommended but not required.

All candidates will be required to have a formal interview with one of the program director's prior to final acceptance. Deadline for submission of the application is the second Friday in June of the year in which the students plan to enroll.

Candidates for admission must provide the following credentials:

  • Completed application form
  • Resume
  • Official Transcripts from all schools attended or where coursework was attempted or taken
  • Official General Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores
  • Three letters of evaluation
  • Self-assessment essays:

    A. Discuss personal goals, conditions, or career aspirations that motivate you to pursue graduate study at Drexel University.
    B. What are your most important accomplishments?
    C. What do you expect to achieve through this program?

The application and supporting material must be received no later than the program deadline date.

For further information, contact:

Tina Rader
Master of Histotechnology Program Co-Director
Drexel University College of Medicine
Office of Professional Studies in the Health Sciences
245 N. 15th Street, Mail Stop 344
Philadelphia, PA 19102-1192
(215) 762-4113
tina.rader@drexelmed.edu

Degree Requirements

Required Courses
MFSP 551SHuman Function3.0
MFSP 552SStructure of the Human Body3.0
MFSP 553SHuman Structure Lab1.0
MHPP 500SAdvanced Histotechnology4.0
MHPP 502SHistotechnology Capstone Project3.0
MHPP 503SHistotechnology Practicum9.0
MLAS 545SFundamentals of Histology3.0
MSPA 510SLaboratory Management2.0
MSPA 520SMedical Terminology3.0
MSPA 540SHistotechnology I3.0
MSPA 560SMedical Ethics2.0
MSPA 580SMedical Microbiology I4.0
MSPA 590SLeadership Skills for the Medical Profession3.0
MSPP 511SConcepts in Bioch & Cell Biolo4.0
Total Credits47.0

 Sample Plan of Study

First Year
FallCredits
MLAS 545SFundamentals of Histology3.0
MSPA 520SMedical Terminology3.0
MSPA 540SHistotechnology I3.0
MSPA 590SLeadership Skills for the Medical Profession3.0
MSPP 511SConcepts in Bioch & Cell Biolo4.0
 Term Credits16.0
Spring
MFSP 551SHuman Function3.0
MFSP 552SStructure of the Human Body3.0
MFSP 553SHuman Structure Lab1.0
MHPP 500SAdvanced Histotechnology4.0
MHPP 502SHistotechnology Capstone Project3.0
MSPA 580SMedical Microbiology I4.0
 Term Credits18.0
Summer
MHPP 503SHistotechnology Practicum9.0
MSPA 510SLaboratory Management2.0
MSPA 560SMedical Ethics2.0
 Term Credits13.0
Total Credit: 47.0


Courses

MHPP 500S Advanced Histotechnology 4.0 Credits

In depth study of routine and advanced techniques associated with the histology laboratory.

College/Department: COM School of Biomedical Sciences & Professional Studies
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: MSPA 540S

MHPP 501S Anatomy for Histotechnologists 4.0 Credits

Provides students with a comprehensive introduction to human gross anatomy. The structure of the human body is explained from a systematic standpoint with emphasis on how structures form complexes of clinical importance.

College/Department: College of Medicine
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

MHPP 502S Histotechnology Capstone Project 3.0 Credits

This course will give students the opportunity to integrate the theory and the practical experiences from the previous semesters. Students will investigate a new technology technique or current issue involving histotechnology and apply the knowledge and skills developed in courses and practicum to produce a paper or technical project that supports their position. This course is the culmination of the programs courses and the practicum and will be considered the official written comprehensive examination.

College/Department: COM School of Biomedical Sciences & Professional Studies
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: MSPA 540S and MHPP 500S and MHPP 503S

MHPP 503S Histotechnology Practicum 9.0 Credits

The clinical Practicum is designed to allow the students to apply knowledge and techniques learned during their didactic courses in a clinical hospital setting. It allows the student the opportunity to perform routine as well as specialized histotechnology techniques under the supervision of a qualified histotechnologist.

College/Department: COM School of Biomedical Sciences & Professional Studies
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: MSPA 540S and MSPA 520S and MSPA 590S and MLAS 545S and MHPP 500S and MHPP 501S and MSPA 581S and MHPP 502S

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