Histology is the study of cellular structure and tissue anatomy of plants and animals. Histotechnicians and histotechnologists are members of a laboratory team who employ histologic technology to diagnose diseases, to conduct research, or to instruct others in the science.
Indiana University's Associate of Science in Histotechnology is especially designed for the employed histologist, so the professional course work leading to the degree is offered by distance education. General education courses may be completed online at Indiana University or at other accredited colleges or universities.
You must complete the certificate-level course work (24 credit hours) before pursuing the associate degree. If you are already certified as a histotechnologist by the American Society for Clinical Pathology, you may apply for special credit in lieu of the certificate course work.
The tasks performed by the histotechnologist require patience, mechanical ability, knowledge of biology, immunology, molecular biology, anatomy, and chemistry. The histotechnician works with delicate instruments and automated equipment as well as knives, chemicals, and glass slides. He or she must value precision and have good hand-eye coordination and manual dexterity.