Jul 18, 2019  
2018-2020 Undergraduate Catalog 
2018-2020 Undergraduate Catalog

Biology (BS) - Histotechnology

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Department of Biology


Histotechnologists are highly skilled laboratory professionals who enjoy excellent opportunities in the present job market, which include hospital laboratories, private clinics and cancer research laboratories. In our 3+1 program the student spends three years in coursework at Slippery Rock University and one calendar year in clinical and didactic study at an American Medical Association accredited hospital school of histotechnology.

During the three years on campus the student earns a minimum of 91 credits. Upon the successful completion of the clinical 12 months, the university accepts 29 semester credits in transfer and awards the bachelor of science degree. Because of the nature of the histotechnology curriculum, transfer students are strongly urged to earn 64 credits at Slippery Rock University.

Note: A 2.000 average must be maintained in BIOL 104, 210, 213, 214, 215, 216, 217, and 250 before histotechnology students can move on to the next required course. See also Department of Biology guidelines for further restrictions.

This program prepares you to sit for a national exam that may lead to professional licensure and/or certification. Professional licensure and/or certification vary by state and you are urged to check with your state licensing board.

Major Requirements - Credits: 60

Before progressing to a 200-level course, students must achieve a minimum 2.000 average in the 100-level basic requirements course. Students may register in 200-level biology courses in any order but must maintain a biology average of 2.0 or better, before progressing to another course. A student must repeat any 200-level biology course that brings the biology average below a 2.000. Students should try to complete all 200-level biology requirements by the end of their sophomore year.

Required Upper Level Biology - Credits: 7

Upper Level Biology Electives - Credits: 2

Students must take 2 of the following courses:

Clinical Experience - Credits: 18

Minimum of 91 hours on campus plus 1 year (12 months) at an affiliated School of Histotechnology or one acceptable to Slippery Rock University.

Natural Science & Math College Wide Requirements - Credits: 12

Electives - Credits: 14


This track requires STAT 152 in the enrichment block of the liberal studies requirements.

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