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Certificate in Histotechnology

The certificate in Histotechnology offered by Indiana University School of Medicine is a NAACLS accredited 24 credit hour / 2-semester long program that provides students with the knowledge and skills needed to sit for the ASCP HT or HTL certification examination. Student’s graduate with a Certificate in Histotechnology from Indiana University School of Medicine. 

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Applicants who’ve met the prerequisites for the IU School of Medicine Certificate in Histotechnology program can apply.

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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

1. Applicants must hold a Degree

For HT (ASCP) certification eligibility: 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). If these courses are not included within the degree, they must be taken in addition to the degree.

For HTL (ASCP) certification eligibility: Applicants must hold a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university. The degree must include 30 credit hours of chemistry and biology (combined). If these courses are not included within the degree, they must be taken in addition to the degree.

2. Laboratory

Access to a qualified training laboratory. Students typically are employed at the training site. However, the training site may take non-employed students. It is the responsibility of the prospective student to locate a facility to train in prior to applying to the program.

3. Mentor

Certified HT or HTL (ASCP) to serve as your mentor.

4. Meet all other university and program requirements for class selection

  • Student Outcomes
    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%
  • Technical Skills
    • 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.
  • Communication
    • 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.
  • Professional Behavior
    • Display an attitude reflecting pride and professionalism in daily laboratory duties.
    • Demonstrate adaptability, integrity, initiative, neatness, maturity, stability and a desire for excellence.
  • Accreditation
    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