Associate of Science
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. As a histotechnologist, your tasks will require patience, mechanical ability, and knowledge of biology, immunology, molecular biology, anatomy, and chemistry. You will work with delicate instruments and automated equipment as well as knives, chemicals, and glass slides. You must value precision and have good hand-eye coordination and manual dexterity.
The IU Online Associate of Science in Histotechnology provides you 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.
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.
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%
Your IU Online AS in Histotechnology prepares you for a career as a histotechnician in:
- Urology labs
- Pharmaceutical companies
- Public health facilities
- Industrial research
- Veterinary pathology
- Marine biology
- Forensic pathology
To graduate with the AS in Histotechnology, you must complete a total of 60 credit hours, including 30 credit hours of undergraduate general education courses and 30 credit hours of histotechnology program courses. General education courses can be taken at any regionally accredited college or university and then transferred to IU. Undergraduate courses must be completed with an overall grade point average of 2.3 on a 4.00 scale (C+). Students must earn a minimum 2.3 on a 4.0 scale in each biology and chemistry course.
Requirements are broken down as follows:
- Core communication courses (6 credit hours)
- College math (3 credit hours)
- Social sciences courses (9 credit hours)
- Life & physical sciences courses (12 credit hours)
- Professional program courses (30 credit hours)
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