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This course provides an introduction to histology laboratory operations and the principles of the routine histologic techniques of gross dissection, fixation, decalcification, tissue processing, embedding, microtomy, frozen sectioning, and basic H & E staining. Emphasis is placed on histology laboratory organization, terminology, specimen accession, record keeping, instrumentation, laboratory safety, and quality assurance. The topics of OSHA regulations, CAP requirements, and Protected Patient Information are discussed. This course includes the applied laboratory techniques of dissection, fixation, decalcification, processing, embedding, microtomy and frozen sectioning. Included in this course is the opportunity to observe cytological preparatory techniques.

This course encompasses histochemical principles and application of routine and special staining, the applied techniques of special staining, immunohistochemistry, and enzyme immunohistochemistry, as well as laboratory mathematics utilized in the histopathology laboratory. The theories of staining and dyes along with the associated chemistry, muscle enzyme histochemistry, antibodies and immunohistochemical assays including enzyme pretreatment will be discussed. Use of the bright field microscope for identification of tissues and cell types, their structure and function, and disease states of the various organ systems as it relates to routine and special staining will be emphasized. The course is designed to build on the cognitive and psychomotor skills learned in previous courses within the histotechnology program.

This is a clinical course that provides entry-level clinical experiences in the histopathology laboratory of Carolinas Medical Center. This course is designed to assist the student in refining skills and theory learned in previous courses in the histotechnology program along with understanding the daily workflow of a comprehensive histopathology laboratory. Emphasis is placed on preparing a quality microscopic slide for diagnosis. Clinical experiences include accessioning, tissue processing, embedding, microtomy, special staining, immunohistochemistry, kidney/muscle cryotomy, and case assembly. Upon completion, the student will demonstrate proficiency as an entry-level histotechnologist and be prepared to take the American Society for Clinical Pathology Board of Certification exam at the HTL level.