Health Professions Programs

Certificate in Histotechnology

The certificate in Histotechnology offered by Indiana University School of Medicine is a NAACLS-accredited two-semester program. Students who complete this program earn 24 college credit hours that can be applied toward requirements for an advanced degree. Students graduate with a Certification in Histotechnology from Indiana University School of Medicine and are eligible to sit for the ASCP National HT/HTL certification exam.

Working as a Histotechnician

Job openings for qualified histotechnicians can be found throughout the United States in hospitals, clinics, specialty labs (including demapathology and urology), pharmaceutical, industrial and medical research companies, veterinary pathology groups, marine biology teams and forensic pathology labs.

Histotechnicians have diverse functions in areas of pre‐analytic, analytic and post‐analytic processes and also have responsibilities for information processing, training and quality control monitoring wherever histologic procedures are performed.

Communications skills extend to frequent interactions with members of the health care team, external relations, customer service and patient education. The levels of analysis range from routine tissue processing to complex histopathology laboratory procedures in the various major areas of anatomic pathology. Explore Student Consumer Information about this Program.

Prerequisites

Applicants must hold an associate or higher degree from a regionally accredited college or university. The degree must include 12 credit hours of chemistry and biology (combined) with a minimum overall GPA of 2.3 as well as a minimum 2.3 in these courses. If these courses are not included within the degree, they must be taken in addition to the degree.

Applicants must have access to a qualified training laboratory. Laboratory training sites are located nationwide and change based on the student and/or laboratory needs. Students typically are employed at the training site; however, training sites may take non-employed students.

Applicants must secure a certified HT or HTL (ASCP) to serve as a mentor.

Program Requirements

To earn the undergraduate Certificate in Histotechnology, students must complete 24 credit hours at an accredited college or university. The program curriculum prepares students to mater the competencies outlined i the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS) Standards for Accredited and Approved Programs.

All student outcome percentages listed below are based upon a three year average.

  • External certification results: 84%
  • Graduation rate: 99%
  • Placement rate: 100% (i.e., employment positions in the field of study or pursuit of further education)
  • Attrition rate: 1%
  • Perform procedures of basic histologic laboratory techniques, instrumentation and problem solving at the HT entry-level competency.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of general and specific histologic methodology.
  • Perform procedures with accuracy and precision.
  • Monitor internal and external quality assurance measures.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of operational principles of commonly used laboratory instruments to include the ability to perform daily preventative maintenance and correct simple malfunctions.
  • Exercise independent judgment regarding choice of procedure and evaluation of results.
  • Organize tasks to cope with volume of work and unexpected demands.
  • Communicate effectively with Clinical Education Supervisor and Program Director regarding curriculum and training courses.
  • Effectively organize and present information both in written assignments and oral communication.
  • Communicate effectively with other laboratory and health care providers.
  • Display an attitude reflecting pride and professionalism in daily laboratory duties.
  • Demonstrate adaptability, integrity, initiative, neatness, maturity, stability and a desire for excellence.

The IU School of Medicine Histotechnology Program (certificate level) at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis is fully accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS), Chicago, Illinois, 312-714-8880