B.S. in Histotechnology (2+2)
Prepare for a healthcare career that uses the art and science of pathology to prepare tissues for the purpose of diagnosis and treatment.
A histotechnologist is a health care professional who processes and prepares human and animal tissues to be observed by various forms of microscopy. Following proper tissue preparation, a histotechnologist stains tissue for routine and special identification of bacteria, fungi, cancer, and tissue structure abnormalities for pathological diagnosis. At the University of Mississippi, students complete two years of pre-requisite courses while enrolled in Allied Health Studies then apply to a competitive-entry professional histotechnology program.
Students complete two years of pre-requisite coursework while enrolled in the Allied Health Studies program at UM in preparation for the final two years of work completed through the School of Health Related Professions at UMMC in Jackson. For those who are admitted, the second phase of the program consists of 2 years (5 semesters) of formal didactic and clinical education.
Upon completion of the two-year traditional program, students receive a bachelor's of science degree and are prepared to apply for and obtain their HTL (ASCP) national certification exam to become certified as a histotechnologist.
The Allied Health Studies program was designed with health professions students in mind. It allows our students the flexibility to obtain prerequisites for the vast amount of health professions programs in the country, while also working toward a four year degree. Students will gain a liberal arts foundation, while also having the ability to mix and match classes based on their health professions area of interest, such as histotechnology.
The curriculum for the B.S. in histotechnology is a two-phase program consisting of a two-year, 60-hour academic program in Allied Health Studies at UM with a 2.5 minimum GPA. The second phase for those admitted is a two-year, five-semester formal didactic and clinical education at the University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC) in Jackson.
Students who attend the University of Mississippi in Oxford for their pre-requisites are not automatically admitted to the histotechnology program at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, MS. Admission is competitive, and different histotechnology schools have different requirements.