This program prepares students with the basic science background needed to meet the requirements for admission to clinical programs approved by the ASC or NAACLS. Histology is the study of tissues. Histotechnologists perform all functions of the histotechnician, plus they identify tissue structures, cell component and staining characteristics, relate these to physiologic functions, implement and evaluate new techniques and procedures, make quality control judgments and apply principles of management and education methodology when appropriate. The first three years of the curriculum are at the university; the fourth year is completed through an accredited histotechnology practicum. The university is affiliated with hospitals in Wisconsin and Michigan; however, students may apply to any accredited school in the United States. If students meet the hospital’s standards and are accepted, they register for the histotechnology practicum courses at NMU and pursue a twelve-month program under the direction of the hospital.
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