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Histotechnician Program

IMPORTANT MESSAGE for Health Science Program Students

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Applications for Fall 2020 entrance through Fall 2022 entrance (HSTO)

Application Timeline Campus Locations
Fall Enrollment - Apply in February Providence - Day and Evening

Admissions Guidelines

Minimum requirements to apply to the Histotechnician program:

  1. CCRI Application for Enrollment into General Studies with a pre-Histotechnician (HSTO) concentration.
  2. Official copy of a high school transcript, GED® transcript or baccalaureate transcript from an accredited institution, including date of graduation or completion.
  3. ACCUPLACER test issued by CCRI's Department of Advising and Counseling.
    • Reading Comprehension Requirement:
      • Score of 80 or above in Classic Accuplacer is required in Reading Comprehension
        or score of 253 or above in Next Generation Accuplacer is required in Reading Comprehension
        or ENGL 0890: Critical Reading with a grade of "B-" or better
        or a Bachelor's degree
  4. Complete the following required prerequisite courses with a grade of "C" or better:
    • BIOL 1070: Anatomy & Physiology
      or BIOL 1010: Human Anatomy
      or BIOL 2201: Anatomy & Physiology I and BIOL 2202: Anatomy & Physiology II
    • CHEM1010: Survey of Biomedical Chemistry
      or CHEM 1030: General Chemistry I
      or permission from the department
  5. A minimum overall cumulative grade point average of 2.0 is required to apply to the program and be maintained until enrolled in the Histotechnician program.
  6. Take the Psychological Services Bureau (PSB) Health Occupations Aptitude Examination administered through Advising and Counseling. The PSB Health Occupations Aptitude Exams may be taken no more than two times percalendar year. See the PSB website for more information.

    All the above requirements must be met satisfactorily BEFORE submission of the Performance-Based Health Science (PBHS) application and does not guarantee acceptance. Students declining acceptance into the program for the semester must resubmit a PBHS application for the program and meet current requirements. Once accepted into the program, the student must attend a mandatory orientation conducted by the Allied Health Department.

  7. Complete and submit an online PBHS application here.
    Deadlines are listed on the form.

Conditionally accepted students are required to complete the following:

    • When directed by notification from the Office of Enrollment Services, students must submit a background check
      Results of BCI may prevent admission due to clinical agencies' requirements.
    • Applicants must have a physical examination and the required immunizations completed prior to completion of HSTO 1310: Introduction to Histology.
    • Students also must have a current CPR card (American Heart Association, Healthcare Provider level) obtained through an AHA-recognized community training center. This course is also available at CCRI (HEAL 0200). CPR must be documented prior to completion of HSTO 1310: Introduction to Histology.

Final acceptance is based upon the completion of the above criteria.

Please note: Requirements are subject to change.
For more clarifying information regarding any of the above please contact the Office of Enrollment Services at:

  • Mike Hynes, Knight Campus, 401-825-2266, [email protected]
  • If more specific information is needed, contact Maddie Josephs, the Histotechnician Program Director, at 401-333-7418 or via email at [email protected]

Histotechnician Program Admission Criteria Point System

The performance‐based acceptance process is based on the performance indicators identified for the program. A point system based on the admissions guidelines has been assigned to the performance criteria.

The criteria for the incoming class will include:

  • GPA in prerequisite courses
  • Grades in BIOL 1070 or BIOL 1010 or BIOL 2201 Anatomy & Physiology I and BIOL 2202 Anatomy & Physiology II
  • Grades in CHEM 1010 or CHEM 1030
  • ACCUPLACER reading score/degree completion
  • PSB Health Occupations Aptitude Test (academic aptitude)
  • PSB Health Occupations Aptitude Test (information in the natural sciences)
GPA for prerequisite courses BIOL 1010 or BIOL 2201 and CHEM 1010 or CHEM 1030
Example: 3.67 GPA x 10 = 36.7 points
Maximum points 40 points
Grade in BIOL 1070 or BIOL 1010 or BIOL 2201 & BIOL 2202 and CHEM 1010 or CHEM 1030 Each course's letter grade is converted to points and added
A (4.0) 10 points
A- (3.7) 8 points
B+ (3.3) 7 points
B (3.0) 5 points
B- (2.7) 3 points
C+ (2.3) 2 points
C (2.0) 1 point
Maximum points 20 points
ACCUPLACER Reading Comprehension Test* Score
ACCUPLACER score of 90 or better
or Next Generation ACCUPLACER score of 259 or better
or a bachelor's degree
or a grade of "A" in ENGL 0890
Maximum points 10 points (can only receive points once, even if multiple criteria are met)
PSB Health Occupations Aptitude Exam* (academic aptitude total)
Percentile score x 0.25
Example: 72 percentile score x 0.25 = 18 points
Maximum points 25 points
PSB Health Occupations Aptitude Exam* (information in the natural sciences)
Percentile score x 0.05
Example: 85 percentile score x 0.25 = 4.25 points
Maximum points 5 points
Maximum Total Points 100 points

*The PSB Health Occupations Aptitude Exams may be taken no more than two times per calendar year.

In the event of a tie, the students' earliest completion date of the preadmission course will be used as the tie-breaker.

Credits granted through AP, CLEP, challenge exams or assessment of prior learning will be recognized as satisfying course requirements and will be assigned points equivalent to a grade of "B."

A student with a baccalaureate degree or higher may still be required to complete an ACCUPLACER test depending on the prerequisites for individual general education courses.

Please review the Department of Health website to learn about licensing requirements for the health sciences professions.

Please note: A Social Security number is required to begin the certification process for the health sciences professions.