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US Air Force
AFSC: Histopathology Apprentice
Program Length: 1440 hours
Iterations per year: 2

US Army
MOS: N/A

US Navy
NEC: Histopathology Technician
Program Length: 1440 hours
Iterations per year: 2

School Code 083

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Histotechnician

Program Description:
A histotechnician is an allied health professional who utilizes histology techniques and technology to diagnose diseases at the cellular level. The Histotechnician program provides the education and training in the art and science of histopathology.

The instructional design of this program’s courses is group-lock step. This is a consolidated program with two military services that has a two phase, field of study schedule. Resident training is first conducted at the METC and then the student transitions to clinical training that is conducted at military and/or civilian medical treatment facilities (MTF).

Upon initial entry to METC, students are provided formal education and training that develops them into entry-level histopathology apprentices/technicians within fixed and deployable medical facilities.

Students will learn the histopathology mission and scope of practice. Instruction is presented in the following units: Introduction to Histotechnology, Specimen Processing for Histological Study, Routine Technical Procedures, Staining for Histological Study, Anatomy and Histology, Autopsy Procedures, Anatomy and Histology, Practical Histotechnician Training, and Clinical Practicum.

Methods of instruction include, but are not limited to: lecture, demonstration, online materials, simulations, laboratory practice, and practical exercises. Quality control and safety techniques are emphasized throughout the program.

Clinical training provides students with clinical knowledge and hands-on experiential training which consists of clinical practicum in a MTF.

The program prepares the student to exercise judgment and accept responsibility in performing diagnostic procedures in the care of patients. Students will perform a clinical rotation to obtain practical training necessary to prepare them for assignment as entry level Histopathology Technicians. Training will include, but is not be limited to: grossing tissue, embedding and sectioning blocks, staining and cover slipping slides, assisting in necropsies, and assisting in administrative tasks. Additional duties such as filing slides, labeling slides, filing blocks, coverslipping, and or general lab clean up, also known as service work, are a part of this training program.

Proficiency advancement in clinical applications is determined by the program director and clinical advisor/ coordinator on a case-by-case basis.

A Histotechnician student checks for cover slipping errors
A Histotechnician student checks
for cover slipping errors
Intestinal section stained positive with Mucicarmine
Intestinal section stained
positive with Mucicarmine

Service Specific Information

Air Force:

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Students are to proceed directly to the METC Histopathology School after completing Basic Military Training located at Lackland AFB.

Upon successful completion of the program, students will be awarded a 4T032 AFSC and be assigned to their duty locations which will be located in one of the U.S. Air Force's military treatment facilities.

Navy:

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Students who are selected for the METC Histopathology School will proceed directly from their current command or from Hospital Corps "A" School upon selection to advanced "C" school training. Students who are selected from Hospital Corps School will proceed with the "A" school check out process prior to checking into METC's "C" School program.

Upon successful completion of the program students will be awarded a NEC 8503 and be assigned to their duty locations which will be located in one of the U.S. Navy's medical centers.

Program Academic Pre-Requisites:
Student Educational background must include prerequisite content in biological sciences, chemistry, and mathematics that provide the foundation for coursework required to succeed in the histotechnician program. Each service has specific academic requirements that must be met before selection.
Curriculum Courses
HISTO 101: Introduction to Histotechnology

HISTO 102: Basic Scientific Information

HISTO 103: Specimen Processing for Histological Study

HISTO 104: Routine Technical Procedures

HISTO 105: Special Staining for Histological Study

HISTO 106: Anatomy and Tissue Idetification

HISTO 107: Autopsy Procedures

HISTO 108: Cytopreparatory Techniques

HISTO 109: Immunohistochemistry

HISTO 110: Practical Histotechnician Training

HISTO 111: Clinical Practicum

College of Allied Health Sciences (Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences)
Upon successful completion of the program, graduates earn 50 semester hours toward their associate degree in health sciences in histology through the CAHS.





Accreditation Information:
The Histotechnician program is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (www.naacls.org).

National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences
5600 N. River Rd., Suite 720
Rosemont, IL 60018-5119
(773) 714-8880

Credentialing Information:
With the successful completion of the NAACLS accredited Histotechnician program within the last 5 years. Graduates are eligible to take the certification examination as histotechnicians through the American Society for Clinical Pathology (www.ascp.org) Board of Certification.
Program Outcomes:
Upon successful completion of the METC Histotechnician Program, all graduates are assigned to Air Force and Navy medical treatment facilities within the continental United States and in overseas locations.



Year Graduation
Rate
Job
Placement
ASCP BOC First
Time Pass Rate
2014 100% 100% 50%
2015 100% 100% 80%
2016 100% 100% 77%















Histotechnician Images


Cover Slipping

Embedding
A Histotechnician student checks for cover slipping errors
A Histotechnician student checks for cover slipping errors
A Histotechnician student practices tissue embedding techniques
A Histotechnician student practices tissue embedding techniques

Frozen Section

Microscope
A Histotechnician student practices frozen section techniques
A Histotechnician student practices frozen section techniques
A Histotechnician student checks the progress of special stain reactions
A Histotechnician student checks the progress of special stain reactions

Histopathology Images


Cartilage

Alcian Blue 2.5 pH
Cartilage showing matrix and chondrocytes. H&E stain.
Cartilage showing matrix and chondrocytes. H&E stain.
Intestinal section stained with Alcian Blue.
Intestinal section stained with Alcian Blue.

GMS

Immunohistochemistry
Fungal elements stained positive with Grocott  Methenamine- Silver technique
Fungal elements stained positive with Grocott Methenamine- Silver technique
Intestinal section stained positive for Cam 5.2 antibody
Intestinal section stained positive for Cam 5.2 antibody

Kidney

Liver
Glomerular basement membrane stained positive with Periodic Acid-Schiff
Glomerular basement membrane stained positive with Periodic Acid-Schiff
Liver section. H&E stain
Liver section. H&E stain

Mucicarmine

Pancreas
Intestinal section stained positive with Mucicarmine
Intestinal section stained positive with Mucicarmine
Pancreas section. H&E stain
Pancreas section. H&E stain

PAS
Glomerular basement membrane stained positive with Periodic Acid-Schiff
Glomerular basement membrane stained positive with Periodic Acid-Schiff
 

Address

METC Histotechnician Program
Building 1356, Room 3-325
3176 CPL Johnson Road
Fort Sam Houston, TX 78234

Contacts

Program Director (210) 808-5296
Air Force Lead (210) 808-5080
Navy Lead (210) 808-5301
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Last modified: April 29 2019