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.
Your IU Online AS in Histotechnology prepares you for a career as a histotechnician in:
- Public health facilities
- Industrial research
- Veterinary pathology
- Marine biology
- Forensic pathology
You must complete the certificate-level coursework (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. To graduate with the AS in Histotechnology, you must complete a total of 60 credit hours.
Requirements are broken down as follows:
- Elementary composition (3 credit hours)
- Speech communication (3 credit hours)
- College mathematics - college algebra or higher (3 credit hours)
- Arts/humanities elective (3 credit hours)
- Social science elective (6 credit hours)
- Life & physical sciences - biology (general biology preferred) (5 credit Hours)
- Life & physical sciences - chemistry (principles of chemistry preferred) (3 credit Hours)
- Additional life & physical sciences - additional biology (human biology or human anatomy/physiology preferred) (4 credit hours)
- Histotechnology capstone PATH-H 201 (6 credit hours)
IU Online provides quick and easy access to tools, tips, and IU resources to help you succeed, including:
- Admissions: Personalized application support for the program that is right for you
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To be accepted to this program, you must have:
Completed the Histotechnology Certificate level coursework or be certified as a histotechnologist by the American Society for Clinical Pathology Board of Registry.
Met all other admissions requirements.
To apply to this program:
- Pre-application form - Applicants should wait to apply to the university until they receive their pre-application approval letter.
- Complete application for admission.
- Submit Histotechnology Program supplemental forms.
- 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.
- Submit official transcripts to firstname.lastname@example.org or:
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Cost for Indiana Residents
Per Credit Hour
- Tuition: $275.17
3 Credit Hours
- Tuition: $825.51
Cost for Out of State Residents
Per Credit Hour
- Tuition: $957.58
3 Credit Hours
- Tuition: $2872.74
Additional fees will apply.
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