What kind of positions can Histotechnicians attain?

Since Histotechnicians have academic training at the Asssociate level there is more opportunity for them to work as lead techs, lab managers, educators, and directors.

Where does a Histotechnician work?

Histotechnicians have an unlimited choice of practice settings.  Job openings for qualified Histotechnicians can be found in the following settings: hospitals, clinics, dermapathology labs, public health facilities, industrial research, veterinary pathology, marine biology, forensic pathology, pharmaceutical research, and agriculture

What are the prospects for employment nationwide?

Today, there are more jobs for Histotechnicians and Histotechnologists than qualified people to fill these jobs. The need is great everywhere throughout the country and the average salary for a Histotechnician is about $46,000. To view current jobs postings for Histotechnicians go to

What is the length of the program? 

The Associate of Science in Histotechnology has a flexible completion timeline. Students should aim to complete the course work in no more than five years from the time they first begin classes. Completion of certificate-level course work must be completed full-time. Prior certification by the Board of Certification of the American Society for Clinical Pathology is accepted in lieu of the certificate program.

What are the prerequisites for this program?

Students should consult with the program director for appropriate courses in order to meet the prerequisites.

What are the minimum academic requirements for admission?

The minimum academic requirement for admission are a high school diploma or equivalent. A minimum grade point average of 2.00 on a 4.00 scale (C) is required for admission and must be maintained in all courses throughout the program.

What is the structure of the program? 

The professional course work is offered through distance education. General-education courses may be completed at Indiana University or at other regionally accredited colleges or universities.

Do I take all coursework at Indiana University? 

The required general-education courses may be transferred from any regionally accredited college or university, in accordance with university and school policy, or completed through the Indiana University online courses. A minimum of 30 credit hours must be completed at Indiana University. The certificate-level course work (24 credit hours) is completed through the distance education program for students in qualified histology laboratories around the United States. Laboratory training sites are located nationwide and change based on the student and/or laboratories need. Courses are taught via distance education to employed and non-employed students. A limited number of clinical sites for the program are located within the Indianapolis area for local non-employed students.

Any student who is a certified HT(ASCP) may apply for special credit in lieu of completion of the certificate course work. The histotechnology capstone course, offered by distance education via Adobe Presenter and Adobe Connect web-conferencing, will be taken as the student nears degree completion.

What criteria is used for the selection of applicants?

Students can apply to the program at any time and work toward completion of the core curriculum. Prior completion of the certificate-level course work, or certification by the American Society for Clinical Pathology Board of Registry as an HT and application for the program’s special credit option are accepted.

What are the graduation requirements for the Associates Degree?

Students must complete 66 credit hours, this includes 30 credit hours of general-education courses, 6 additional hours in life & physical sciences and 30 credit hours of professional courses. If needed, elective hours can be used to bring the student's general-education courses to 30 credit hours as long as all content areas have been completed.  All course work must be completed in compliance with the program’s and school’s academic and professional policies. Minimum of 30 credits hours must be completed at Indiana University; special credit (PATH-H 105 and 185) courses do not qualify.

What is the application deadline?

Applications are accepted year round. Capstone course (PATH-H 201) is typically only offered in the spring or summer 1 terms.

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