Criteria Used for Selection of Class: For admission, students need the following:

  • High school diploma (or equivalent)
  • Completion of required prerequisite courses (chemistry, biology, and college math)
  • 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. A limited number of clinical sites for the program are located within the Indianapolis area for local non-employed students.)
  • Completion of all application requirements.

Class Size: Enrollment in the certificate program is not limited; therefore, most qualified applicants are admitted. In the event, however, that enrollment exceeds program resources, applicants who are residents of Indiana are given preference for admission before out-of-state applicants.

Affiliate sites may accommodate more than one student, depending on the laboratory's capacity for training, or the training facility may accommodate students from additional local sites for web-conferences. Average class size is 54 students.

Specific Requirements: In addition to the Health Professions Programs admission policies, the admission policies below apply to the Histotechnology Program.

  • Application Deadline: May 1st for the fall semester.
  • Minimum Academic Requirements:  High school graduation or equivalent. A minimum of 2.00 on a 4.00 scale in each required prerequisite courses. Prerequisites are shown in the Certificate Program’s Curriculum section.
  • Technical Standards: See Health Professions Programs technical standards.

Additional requirements for students who are not employed at a qualifying lab:

  • Medical Requirements:  All entering students must meet established health requirements. Before beginning the professional program, students are required to demonstrate proof of immunization for tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis, rubella (German measles), rubeola (measles), mumps, varicella (chicken pox), and hepatitis B. All students must have a PPD tuberculin skin test within the last three months. In some instances proof of positive titer can be substituted. Students may be required to complete a physical examination (see program specific requirements). Full details for entering students can be found at Additional immunizations may be required at certain clinical sites. Students assigned to those sites must complete additional requirements prior to starting that clinical rotation.
  • Student Health Insurance: All students are required to show proof of coverage under a health insurance plan. This is consistent with requirements for other health science students on the IUPUI campus.
  • Background Check and Drug Screen: All students are required to submit to a comprehensive background check and drug screen upon notification of admission.  Further information about the requirement and cost is included in the letter of admission.

NOTE: Medical requirements (immunizations/health screen), student health insurance, background check and drug screen must all be completed by June 1st in the year of entry.

Volunteer Experience: Although volunteer experience is not required of applicants, it is highly recommended that students with no histology laboratory experience spend time in a histology laboratory to assure serious interest before proceeding with application to the program

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