Histotechnician Admission Guidelines
APPLICATIONS FOR 2017-2019 (HSTO) Liston Campus
Minimum requirements to apply to the Histotechnician Program:
- CCRI application – Complete and submit a CCRI Application for Enrollment. General Studies should be
first choice; HSTO should be second choice.
- High school transcript – Send an official copy of an accredited high school transcript or GED, including
date of graduation must be provided. If the applicant holds a baccalaureate degree
from an accredited college/university, the high school transcript may be waived; college
transcript must indicate completion and degree awarded.
- Placement testing – Complete a standardized test (ACCUPLACER) issued by CCRI’s Department of Advising
and Counseling. Students may NOT retake the ACCUPLACER test before completing the
- Reading comprehension test must show competency of 80 or above or students must complete
ENGL 0890: Critical Reading with a grade of “B-” or better. ENGL 1300 will not substitute
for ENGL 1010.
- Complete courses required for admission with a grade of “C” or better:
BIOL 1010: Human Anatomy
CHEM 1030: General Chemistry I or permission of the department
- GPA – A cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or better for all college courses.
- Aptitude Examination – Take the PSB Health Occupations Aptitude Examination administered through Advising
and Counseling. The exam may be taken no more than three times (see psbtests.com.)
- Health Sciences application – Complete and submit an online Performance-Based Health Sciences application during
the open enrollment period. Deadlines are listed on the form. (www.ccri.edu/oes/admissions/performancedbasedapplications.html)
All the above requirements must be met satisfactorily BEFORE submission of the Performance-Based
Health Sciences application and does not guarantee acceptance. Students declining
acceptance into the program for the semester offered must resubmit a Performance-Based
Health Sciences application for the program and meet the current admission requirements.
Once accepted into the program, the student must attend a mandatory meeting conducted
by the Allied Health Department.
Background Check – Students are required to submit a background check when directed by notification
from Enrollment Services.
Policies for the Histotechnician Program after acceptance:
- Applicants must have a physical examination and the required immunizations completed
prior to completion of HSTO 1320: Histotechnology II.
- Students also must have a current CPR card (American Heart Association, Health Care
Provider level) obtained through an AHA recognized community training center (Course
is also available at CCRI – HEAL 0200) must be documented prior to the completion
of HSTO 1320: Histotechnology II.
Please note: Requirements are subject to change.
For more information: www.ccri.edu/dean-hrs/admiss-docs.html or contact the Office of Enrollment Services:
Mike Hynes, Knight (Warwick) Campus: 401-825-2266, firstname.lastname@example.org
If more specific information is needed, contact Maddie Josephs, Histotechnician Program
Director, at 401-333-7418 or email@example.com
HSTO Program Admission Criteria Point System
The performance-based acceptance process is based on the performance indicators identified
for the Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program. A point system, based on the admissions
guidelines, has been assigned to the performance criteria.
The criteria for the incoming Fall 2017 class will include:
- Grades in BIOL 1010 and CHEM 1030
- ACCUPLACER reading score/degree completion
- PSB Health Occupations Aptitude Test (academic aptitude)
- PSB Health Occupations Aptitude Test (information in natural sciences)
- Prerequisite GPA for prerequisite courses x 10:
Example: 3.67 GPA x 10 = 36.7 points
Maximum points: 40
- Grades in the following prerequisite admission courses using the scale below:
- A = 10 points
- A- = 8 points
- B+ = 7 points
- B = 5 points
- B- = 3 points
- C+ = 2 points
- C = 1 point
- ACCUPLACER reading comprehension test score:
ACCUPLACER score of 90 or better = 10
A bachelor's degree = 10
A grade of A in ENGL 0890 = 10
Maximum points = 10
- PSB Health Occupations Aptitude Exam (Academic Aptitude total)
Percentile score x 0.25
Example: 72 percentile score x 0.25 = 18
Maximum points = 25
- PSB Health Occupations Aptitude Exam (Information in the Natural Sciences)
Percentile score x 0.05
Example: 85 percentile score x 0.05 = 4.25
Maximum points = 5
PSB aptitude test may be taken no more than three times.
Maximum Total Points.................................. 100 Points
Tiebreaker: Earliest completion of preadmission courses
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