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Histotechnology, A.S.

With the IU Online Associate of Science in Histotechnology, you'll be prepared to enter a career as a histologic technician. In this 100% online degree program, you’ll gain the experience and knowledge to work with histologic instruments and practice precise methods of studying cellular structure and tissue anatomy.

A student in a lab looks through a microscope.

Course Delivery: 100% Online

Total Credits: 60

In-State Tuition Per Credit: $217.00

Out-of-State Tuition Per Credit: $217.00

Cost of attendance may vary by campus. View the total cost calculator

A student in a lab works with a microtome.

Degree Overview

Your IU Online Associate of Science in Histotechnology allows increases your mechanical ability while you gain knowledge in biology, immunology, molecular biology, anatomy, and chemistry. You’ll practice with the tools histologists use every day, including knives, chemicals, and glass slides.

You’ll graduate with an Indiana University degree respected by employers worldwide—and you can work on yours anytime and anywhere. Plus, you’ll enjoy personalized support services throughout your academic journey.

And the benefits start long before graduation. More than half of IU Online students advance in their careers before they complete their degree.

To be accepted to this program, you must have:

  • Access to a qualified training laboratory. Laboratory training sites are located nationwide and may vary based on students' and/or laboratories' needs. Students typically are employed at the training site; however the training site may take non-employed students.
  • A certified histologist 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 this requirement and may apply for special credit in lieu of the certificate course work.

To apply to this program:

  • Complete a Program Assessment Form. You can request an assessment form by emailing You 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 your academic background and design a degree completion plan for you. 
  • Complete an 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 you complete 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, as well as supplemental program forms.

Your IU Online A.S. 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 
Year of Graduation Number Enrolled Number Graduated Graduating % Attrition % ASCP BOC Pass Rate % Employment Rate %
2020 42 42 100% 0% 85% 100%
2021 43 42 98% 2% 90% 100%
2022 47 47 100% 0% 88% 100%
2023 65 64 98% 2% 83% 100%

*The 2023 ASCP BOC one-year pass rates are incomplete as of the reporting date. Pass rates will be updated at the one-year mark

The IU School of Medicine Histotechnology Program at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis is fully accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS).

National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS)

Mission Statement:

The National Accreditation Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS) is committed to being the premier accreditation agency for ensuring the advancement of education in clinical laboratory sciences and related health care disciplines provided by domestic and international programs.

Vision Statement:

Medical laboratories preferentially seek graduates of NAACLS programs to assure quality, value, innovation, and safety for healthcare consumers.






Peer Review

Global Accreditation 

Contact Information: 

NAACLS  5600 N. River Rd, Suite 720 Rosemont IL  60018-5119; ph: 773.714.8880; fx: 773.714.8886;

To graduate with the A.S. in Histotechnology, you must complete 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 and physical sciences courses (12 credit hours)
  • Professional program courses (30 credit hours)


Core Classes for the AS in Histotechnology
Course Number Course Name Credits
PATH-H 211 Histotechnology I 3 Credits
PATH-H 212 Histotechnology II 3 Credits
PATH-H 213 Histotechnology III 3 Credits
PATH-H 214 Histotechnology IV 3 Credits
PATH-H 281 Histotechnology Practicum I 3 Credits
PATH-H 282 Histotechnology Practicum II 3 Credits
PATH-H 283 Histotechnology Practicum III 3 Credits
PATH-H 284 Histotechnology Practicum IV 3 Credits
PATH-H 299  Comprehensive Experience in Histotechnology 6 Credits

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