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Histotechnology, Undergraduate Certificate

With IU Online's Undergraduate Certificate in Histotechnology, you’ll be prepared to conduct research, use precision equipment, and understand histological practices. In this flexible, 10-month online program, you’ll combine academic and laboratory experience and increase your professional knowledge in histologic technology.

Course Delivery: 100% Online

Total Credits: 24

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

Degree Overview

Your IU Online Undergraduate Certificate in Histotechnology will prepare you for a career in tissue labs and will help you develop the hand-eye coordination and manual dexterity to work with cellular tissue. You’ll also learn to conduct research, instruct others, and utilize histological technology to diagnose and treat diseases. 

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


To be accepted to this program, you must have:

  1. Access to a qualified training laboratory
  2. A certified histotechnologist or HTL (ASCP) to serve as a mentor
  3. Hold an associate degree or above with a minimum of 12 credits in chemistry and biology (combined)
  4. Met all other admissions requirements

To apply to this program:

  • Complete a Program Assessment Form. You can request an assessment form by emailing You should send a copy of all previous college or university transcripts by email to (unofficial versions are accepted at this stage of the process). The program director will evaluate your degree and chemistry/biology credits.
  • After you receive a University Application Approval Letter, you may then apply to the university for the histotechnology program. The approval letter will provide instructions for the university application process, as well as supplemental program forms.

Application Dates

This program has rolling admissions. Application review will begin upon receipt of all required application materials.

Your IU Online Undergraduate Certificate in Histotechnology prepares you for a career as a histologic technician or histotechnician in:

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

To earn the Undergraduate Certificate in Histotechnology, you must complete 24 credit hours.

You must hold an associate or higher degree from a regionally accredited college or university. The degree must include 12 credit hours of chemistry and biology (combined) with a minimum overall GPA of 2.3 as well as a minimum 2.3 in these courses. If these courses are not included within the degree, they must be taken in addition to the degree.

You must have access to a qualified training laboratory. Laboratory training sites are located nationwide and may vary based on the students' and/or laboratories' needs. Students typically are employed at the training site, however, training sites may take non-employed students.

The laboratory must have a certified histotechnologist or HTL (ASCP) to serve as your mentor.

Core Classes for the Undergraduate Certificate 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

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