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Histotechnology, AS

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.

Gain the education experiences necessary to enter a career as a histologic technician with the IU Online Associate of Science in Histotechnology. Flex your mechanical ability and knowledge of biology, immunology, molecular biology, anatomy, and chemistry as a histotechnologist. Learn to work with delicate instruments and automated equipment as well as knives, chemicals, and glass slides. Practice precision, hand-eye coordination, and manual dexterity.


This IU School of Medicine program prepares you to enter your career with entry-level competence and eligibility for the ASCP Board of Certification Histotechnician exam. It balances technical knowledge and clinical competence gained in the histology laboratory setting. This 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.

Program Outcomes

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Your IU Online AS in Histotechnology prepares you for a career as a histotechnician in:

  • Hospitals 
  • Clinics 
  • Dermatopathology 
  • Urology labs
  • Pharmaceutical companies
  • Public health facilities 
  • Industrial research 
  • Veterinary pathology 
  • Marine biology 
  • Forensic pathology 

Degree Requirements

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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Download a printable PDF summary of the AS in Histotechnology. 


To be accepted to this program, you must have:
  1. Access to a qualified training laboratory. Laboratory training sites are located nationwide and change based on the student and/or laboratories need. Students typically are employed at the training site however; the training site may take non-employed students.
  2. Certified HT or HTL (ASCP) to serve as your Mentor. If you are already certified as a histotechnologist by the American Society for Clinical Pathology, you are exempt from #2 and may apply for special credit in lieu of the certificate course work.
NOTE: This program is authorized, exempt, or not subject to state regulatory compliance and may enroll students from all 50 states
To apply to this program:
  • Complete Program Assessment Form. Applicants can request an assessment form by emailing iuhtinfo@iu.edu. They should also send a copy of all previous college or university transcripts (unofficial versions are accepted at this stage of the process). The program will evaluate the applicant’s academic background and design a degree completion plan for you. 
  • Complete application for admission. 
  • Complete an essay (applicants with fewer than 26 credit hours). 
  • Submit high school transcript or equivalent (applicants with fewer than 26 credit hours). 
  • International applicants may be asked for additional materials. 
  • Under the advisement of the Histotechnology program, complete 30 credits of undergraduate coursework.  
  • After the candidate completes the required undergraduate courses the Histotechnology program will provide the Histotechnology Program Approval Letter. The approval letter will provide instructions for the Histotechnology application process and supplemental program forms.
  • Submit official transcripts to mycredit@iupui.edu or: 

           IUPUI Office of Undergraduate Admissions

           Cavanaugh Hall 147 

           425 University Boulevard

           Indianapolis, IN 46202 


PATH-H 211Histotechnology I3 Credits
PATH-H 212Histotechnology II3 Credits
PATH-H 213Histotechnology III3 Credits
PATH-H 214Histotechnology IV3 Credits
PATH-H 281Histotechnology Practicum I3 Credits
PATH-H 282Histotechnology Practicum II3 Credits
PATH-H 283Histotechnology Practicum III3 Credits
PATH-H 284Histotechnology Practicum IV3 Credits
PATH-H 299Comprehensive Experience in Histotechnology6 Credits

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Tuition & Fees

Cost for Indiana Residents
  • Per Credit Hour
  • Tuition: $210.68
  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Tuition: $632.04

Additional fees will apply.

Cost for Out of State Residents
  • Per Credit Hour
  • Tuition: $210.68
  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Tuition: $632.04
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