Histotechnology Admissions

Dear Prospective Student and Affiliate Laboratory:

Thank you for your interest in the Indiana University School of Medicine Histotechnology Program.  We are excited to offer this non-traditional academic training opportunity to students and technicians in their laboratories.  Since the program's inception in 1995, we are proud to boast almost 867 students have finished the program.  In the last five years 257 students have successfully completed the Certificate Program; just over 94% of the students who started the program since fall 2003 have successfully received their certificate.  As of spring 2015, students enrolled in this program have come from 48 different states within the US as well as from Canada, Cuba, France, Korea, and the US Virgin Islands.

The program functions as a cooperative effort between the Indiana University School of Medicine and qualifying histology laboratories around the United States.  Additionally:

  • We offer dual start dates: September (May 1 application deadline) and January (November 1 application deadline).
  • Florida Board of Health approved training program.
  • Program meets CLIA regulations requiring 24 credit hours of medical laboratory science education.
  • Everyone pays a flat in-state rate regardless of residency status.
  • Lectures are provided online and available 24/7.  Practicums are completed in your local laboratory with flexible scheduling while completing a well-strutured, sequential curriculum.
  • The program is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS).
  • Students completing the certificate pprogram earn 24 hours of university credit than can apply towards the associate degree.
  • Once the certificate program is completed, you are eligible to take the HT(ASCP) exam.  Students holding a B.S. degree may be eligible for the HTL(ASCP) exam.
  • The associate degree is highly recommended for individuals seeking HT(ASCP) certification for already certified HT's that desire to further their education.
  • The IU School of Medicine offers 24 hours of special credit for prior HT(ASCP) certification.
Today, there are more jobs for histotechnicians than educated people to fill those jobs.  The future long-term employment looks bright.  The need is great everywhere throughout the country. Histotechnicians have an unlimited choice of practice settings.  Job openings for qualified histotechnicians can be found in:
  • hospitals
  • clinics
  • specialty labs such as demapathology and urology
  • pharmaceutical, instrustrial, or medical research
  • veterinary pathology
  • marine biology
  • foresensic pathology
To start the application process, please click the following link:
*Prior completion of the certificate-level course work, or certification by the American Society for Clinical Pathology Board of Registry as an HT is required for entry into the AS Degree.
Students who are enrolled in the Certificate in Histotechnology Program are eligible to apply for student financial assistance, as noted on the IUPUI Office of Student Financial Aid Services website.   General information about applying for financial aid on the IUPUI campus can be found at the following link:  To be eligible for aid, each student must submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), see for additional details on that process. Residents of the State of Indiana are encouraged to apply by March 1st to determine eligibility of any state awards; all other students can apply after that date and will be considered for the Federal Pell and Federal Direct Loans programs.

For the spring class (2017), please make sure to complete the 2016-17 FAFSA.  Students entering next fall will also need to complete the 2016-2017 FAFSA.  Students who are offered admission to the program will be administratively enrolled in classes.  It will not be until after they are enrolled that the IUPUI Office of Student Financial Aid Services will finalize each student’s individual aid eligibility.  After offers of admissions are sent, if you have been admitted and want to enroll as soon as possible to get your financial aid package progressing, please call the IU School of Medicine Health Professions Programs Administrative Office at (317) 278-4752.  You can also reach that office at  

For more information, please visit the Histotechnology Program Section from the 2016-17 IUPUI Campus Bulletin As found on that page, please be aware of important "Student Consumer Information About this Program." Indiana University is sharing this information about Certificate Program in compliance with Federal Regulations required by the US Department of Education. 

Although we hope to accommodate students in all laboratory sites that want to participate, clinical sites and their student(s) are limited each year.  While timely submission of all required parts will help assure a place in the class, it does not guarantee it. The Certificate Program has an application deadline of May 1 for students starting in September and November 1 for those starting in January.  Applications to the Associate Degree are accepted year round.

Please call or email if you have questions pertaining to any aspects of the program or application process.

Sincerely yours,

Debbie Wood, M.S., HT(ASCP)
Program Director
635 Barnhill Dr, MS A128
Indianapolis, IN  46202
Phone:  (317) 274-1686

Van Nuys Medical Science, MS 203 | 635 Barnhill Dr, Indianapolis, IN 46202-5126 | Tel: 317-278-4752 Fax: 317-278-2349