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Undergraduate Certificate

Histology is the study of the 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 Undergraduate Certificate in Histotechnology is designed for students who are already working in histology labs and want to increase their professional knowledge in all areas of histologic technology.

As a student in the 10-month program, you complete four didactic courses and four practicum courses. Upon successful completion of the program, you are eligible to take the Histotechnician Certification Examination HT(ASCP) administered by the American Society for Clinical Pathology's Board of Registry. 


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.

Student Outcomes

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 Undergraduate Certificate in Histotechnology prepares you for a career as a histologic technician or histotechnician in such areas as:

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

Certificate Requirements

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

Applicants 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.

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

The Laboratory must have a certified HT or HTL (ASCP) to serve as your Mentor.

Student Services

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  • 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:
  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 12 credits in chemistry and biology (combined).
  4. Met all other admissions requirements.
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. Applicants should send a copy of all previous college or university transcripts by email to iuhtinfo@iu.edu (unofficial versions are accepted at this stage of the process). The program director will evaluate the applicant’s degree and chemistry/biology credits.  
  • After the candidate receives a University Application Approval letter, (s)he can progress to apply to the university for the histotechnology program courses. The approval letter will provide instructions for the university application process and supplemental program forms.
Application Deadlines
University Application
May 1
Supplemental Forms
May 7
Program Assessment Form


  • PATH-H 211Histotechnology I3 Credits
  • PATH-H 212 Histotechnology II3 Credits
  • PATH-H 213 Histotechnology III3 Credits
  • PATH-H 214 Histotechnology IV 3 Credits
  • PATH-H 281 Histotechnology Practicum I3 Credits
  • PATH-H 282 Histotechnology Practicum II3 Credits
  • PATH-H 283 Histotechnology Practicum III 3 Credits
  • PATH-H 284 Histotechnology Practicum IV3 Credits

Tuition & Fees

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

Additional fees will apply.

-This program is eligible for financial aid at IUPUI. 

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