Health Professions Program

Associate of Science Degree in Histotechnology

Histotechnology is a science-based profession aimed to assist the pathologist with the diagnosis of disease on biologic samples from patients. This technology integrates biology, chemistry, histochemistry, immunology, and molecular biology in order to identify cell and tissue types as well as microorganisms, pigments, and antigens. Histotechnologists perform testing procedures that may include tissue/dye reaction, enzyme histochemistry, immunohistochemistry, in situ hybridization and electron microscopy. They must be meticulous, accurate experts in the handling and preparation of tissues, as many of the samples they work with cannot be replaced.

This non-traditional academic training opportunity is available to students and technicians in their laboratories. The program uses distance-learning technology to prepare individuals for careers in histotechnology in order to meet the healthcare demand in this area in both urban and rural settings nationwide.

Designed to provide the nationwide health care community with individuals competent to conduct high-quality histologic procedures, the program provides students with the education experiences necessary to enter a career as a Histologic Technician, to include entry-level competence and eligibility for the ASCP Board of Certification Histotechnician exam. The curriculum balances technical knowledge and clinical competence gained in the histology laboratory setting. Program faculty assist students in reaching their own professional goals by providing academic and occupational advisement.

Curriculum

The associate degree is highly recommended for individuals seeking HT(ASCP) certification for already-certified histotechnicians that seek professional growth. Lectures are provided online and available 24/7. Practicums are completed in the student’s local laboratory with flexible scheduling while completing a well-structured, sequential curriculum.

The Associate Degree is a 60 credit hour degree program (30 undergraduate credits and 30 histotechnology course credits).  Graduates will earn an Associate Degree of Applied Science in Histotechnology and will be provided with the knowledge and skills needed to sit for the ASCP National HT certification exam.

Application Requirements

Applicants interested in pursuing an Associate Degree in Histotechnology must complete 30 credits of general education courses at any regionally accredited college or university. These credits will transfer upon admission to IUPUI. Applicants must have a verified GPA of at least 2.3 on a 4.0 scale for each class.

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

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

Applicants with an Associate Degree or higher are eligible to apply for the Certificate in Histotechnology.

Applicants who do not hold a degree of any kind are eligible to apply for the Associate Degree in Histotechnology.

Applicants tho are HT (ASCP) certified (see more about this in Program Details below) can proceed to the Associate Degree in Histotechnology.

Program Leadership

Debra M. Wood, MS

Debra M. Wood, MS

Program Director, Histotechnology Distance Learning

Program Details

Although the program strives to serve students in all laboratory sites that want to participate, clinical sites and program capacity are limited. Timely submission of all required application materials help assure a place in the class, but it does not guarantee placement.

The IU School of Medicine will award 24 hours of special credit for HT(ASCP) certification. Required general education courses may be transferred from any accredited college or university or you can complete them through IU Online.In order for IU to award a degree, a minimum of 30 credit hours must be completed from IU (special credit does not apply). The 6 credit hour histotechnology captstone course, offered by distance education online and web conferencing, will be taken as the last course. Graduates will earn an Associate of Applied Science degree in Histotechnology.

This IU School of Medicine program is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS) and is a cooperative effort between the IU School of Medicine and qualifying histology laboratories around the United States. Program requirements meet CLIA regulations requiring 24 credit hours of medical laboratory science education. This is also a Florida Board of Health-approved training program.