Level of instruction: Basic
Intended audience: This course is appropriate for working histology professionals and for students in histology programs who want a review of basic math applications pertinent to the histology laboratory.
Author information: Carol Becker, MS, MLS(ASCP)CM is a retired Program Director for the Clinical Laboratory Science program and Histology program at OSF St. Francis Medical Center located in Peoria, Illinois. Carol received her Master's degree at the University of St. Francis in Joliet, Illinois and her Bachelor's degree in Medical Laboratory Science from the University of Illinois.
Reviewer information: Judith Thompson, BS, HTL(ASCP), is a retired histology department manager from OSF Saint Francis Medical Center located in Peoria, Illinois. She also served as Education Coordinator for the OSF St. Francis Histology program. Previous positions include serving as Program Director and Pathology Manager for Christiana Care Hospital/Delaware Community College, Newark, Delaware and Program Director/Pathology Manager/Assistant Director for Takeda-Abbott research project at Allegheny University Hospitals, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Course description: While many changes have occurred in recent years, increased automation in the modern histology laboratory has not diminished the need for mathematical calculations and applications. Immunohistochemical (IHC) staining has become a more routine aspect of the histology workload and challenges personnel to understand and troubleshoot the variables inherent in the preparation and staining process. This course is intended to provide a review of the basic math applications frequently used in the histology laboratory, to provide an opportunity to practice pertinent calculations in preparation for the national certification examination and/or as a refresher for continuing education purposes.