Health Professions Program

Associate of Science Degree in Histotechnology

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.

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.

Application Requirements

Applicants interested in pursuing an Associate Degree in Histotechnology must have a high school diploma or equivalent with a minimum grade point average of 2.00 on a 4.00 scale (C). Applicants must have also completed the Histotechnology Certificate level coursework or be certified as a histotechnologist by the American Society for Clinical Pathology Board of Registry.

Debbie M. Wood, MS

Debbie M. Wood, MS

HT (ASCP), Director & Clinical Assistant Professor

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 offers 24 hours of special credit for prior HT(ASCP) certification. Students must maintain a minimum grade point average of 2.00 on a 4.00 scale (C) in all courses throughout the program.

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.