Undergraduate Programs

Certificate in Histotechnology at IUPUI
  • Medical Director: T. Ulbright
  • Program Director: Clinical Assistant Professor D. Wood

Length of the Program   Ten months of professional course work beginning with fall semester. The course of study consists of eight courses (24 credit hours), including four didactic courses and four practicum courses.

Structure of the Program  Histotechnology didactic course lectures  are recorded and available online.  Weekly review sessions are held once per week during the day via web and tele- conferencing; practicum course work is performed at qualified clinical sites in the student's laboratory.

Design of Professional Curriculum  Students who are employed in laboratories that qualify as clinical affiliate sites are accepted into the Histotechnology Program to begin the course of study in the fall semester. The curriculum consists of didactic and practicum courses delivered by distance learning to students pursuing on-the-job training in histology laboratories. Lectures are recorded using  Adobe Presenter and are available weekly.  The 60-minute interactive audio/video web-conference review sessions are  held once per week using Adobe Connect and are accompanied by related assignments that require approximately 3.5 hours per week for completion. The practicum course modules are designed to be accomplished in approximately 16 hours per week; however, as part of on-the-job training, it is assumed that students in the program receive full-time technical training at their place of employment.

The Histotechnology Program is designed to

  • Provide educational and clinical experiences in all area of histologic technology to prepare students for beginning a career as a histologic technician.
  • Provide medical communities nationwide with individuals qualified to effectively carry out the functions of the histotechnology discipline.
  • Assist affiliate sites' histology trainers in meeting the student's needs in accomplishing the course work.
  • Assist students in reaching their goals by providing academic, occupational, and personal guidance.

Program Facilities  The Histotechnology Program office is located in the IU Health Pathology Laboratory Building at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI). "Classrooms" for delivery of teleconferences, as well as practical training sites, are located in institutions throughout the United States that qualify as clinical affiliates where students are located. Clinical affiliate sites may vary from year to year, as training needs change.

Additional Costs of the Program  In addition to tuition and course fees, students are required to purchase books. Completion of course requirements may necessitate the purchase of laboratory supplies not ordinarily used at the student's training facility laboratory. Clinical training laboratories may cover some expenses for laboratory supplies and mailing costs for submission of assignments to the program office. Additional training costs to student and/or laboratory are estimated at $400.00 per year.

Feasibility of Work for Students  Since the program is designed with the on-the-job student in mind, full-time employment in a histology laboratory is assumed.

Accreditation  The Histotechnology Program (certificate level) at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis is fully accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS), Chicago, Illinois; (312) 714-8880.

Last Updated: March 13, 2012