Program Overview

Indiana University offers the Associate of Science in Histotechnology, the study of cellular structure and tissue anatomy of plants and animals. As members of a laboratory team, Histotechnicians and histotechnologists employ histologic technology to diagnose diseases, to conduct research, or to instruct others in the science. This program was designed to provide the nationwide health care community with individuals competent to conduct high-quality histologic procedures. 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.

Job openings for qualified Histotechnicians can be found in the following settings:

  • hospitals and clinics
  • dermapathology labs
  • public health facilities
  • industrial research
  • veterinary pathology
  • marine biology
  • forensic pathology
  • pharmaceutical research
  • agriculture

Once students complete their Associate of Science in Histotechnology, they can sit for the National Registry exam for Histotechnician (HT) certification.

This graduate certificate is awarded by Purdue University at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI). IUPUI is administered by Indiana University.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Associate

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

    Accelerated Degree: No

    Accreditation & Licensing

    North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission


    • High school diploma or equivalent with a minimum grade point average of 2.00 on a 4.00 scale
    • Histotechnology Certificate  or be certified as a histotechnologist by the American Society for Clinical Pathology Board of Registry
    • Personal Statement
    • Letter of recommendation from applicant’s histology laboratory supervisor
    • Letter of recommendation from a supervising pathologist of the laboratory where clinical education will occur

    School Overview

    IU Online hosts more than one hundred online degrees, ranging from associate and bachelor programs to doctoral degrees. Students can choose to enroll in one or two online courses, complete a degree, or further education by pursuing a graduate certificate or degree. Studies include, but are not limited to topics in: business and law, computing and technology, education, humanities, recreation, library and museum studies, nursing and healthcare, public administration, public health, and social work.

    IU Online manages and lists online degrees and programs for Indiana University's campuses. Founded in 1820, Indiana University Bloomington is the flagship campus of IU’s multi-campus public university system. Other campus locations coordinating through IU Online include:

    • Indiana University East (IU East)
    • Indiana University Kokomo (IU Kokomo)
    • Indiana University Northwest (IU Northwest)
    • Indiana University South Bend (IU South Bend)
    • Indiana University Southeast (IU Southeast)

    Several regional campuses are the result of a partnership with IU and Purdue University, and include:

    • Indiana University - Purdue University - Indianapolis (IUPUI)
    • Indiana University - Purdue University - Fort Wayne
    • Indiana University - Purdue University - Columbus (IUPUC)

    While some online programs and courses are hosted individually by the flagship campus or from a single regional location, others are offered jointly through a consortium of campuses. Students will need to locate the program of their choice, and then coordinate with the appropriate campus to determine admission requirements and cost. Tuition and fees may vary from campus to campus.


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