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Admission For admission, students must hold a minimum of an associate degree from a regionally accredited college/university and have completed a combination of 12 semester hours (18 quarter hours) of biology and chemistry (must include credit hours in both), have access to a qualified training laboratory, and completion of all application requirements. 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.

Criteria Used for Selection of Class  The Histotechnology Program is designed to reach students in all parts of the nation. However, preference for admissions is ranked as follows: (1) students in laboratories with multiple noncertified students; (2) students in laboratories with one noncertified student. Other applicants will be admitted as class capacity allows.

Class Size Total class enrollment is 50. 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, followed by GPA ranking. If class size does not reach 50, GPAs as low as 2.0 will be considered until class is full.

Specific Requirements  In addition to the Health Professions Programs admission policies and procedures found at the beginning of this section of the bulletin, the admission policies below apply to the Histotechnology Program.

Application Deadline  Applications for the certificate program's 24 hours of professional course work are accepted before April 30th for classes starting in the fall term.

Minimum Academic Requirements  Applicants must hold an associate or higher degree from a regionally accredited college or university. The degree must include a minimum of 12 credit hours of chemistry and biology (combined). If these courses are not included within the degree, they must be taken in addition to the degree.  

Minimum Cumulative Grade Point Average  2.30 on a 4.00 scale (C+) with a min 2.3 in a course. This requirement is applied at admission and must be maintained.

Technical Standards  See Health Professions Programs technical standards.

Students who are not employed at a qualifying lab must also meet the following entry requirements:

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 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 HPP New Student Requirements. Additional immunizations may be required at certain clinical sites.

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.  A Social Security number is required to finalize an applicant's background check and allows a student access to hospitals that serve as the School's clinical partners.  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 August 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.

Updated: April 2021