Basic Histocompatibility Course

The Basic Course is offered biennially and alternates with the Specialists Course.


The curriculum is designed to provide the technician/technologist with a well rounded background in basic transplant immunology and related laboratory skills and provides the transplant fellow with basic immunology.



By the end of the course, the successful student will meet the needs of the beginning HLA technician/technologist by providing pertinent information about HLA testing, methodologies, and information necessary to meet the ASHI Statement of Competency.



Each student will receive a comprehensive course syllabus containing:

  • Lecture summaries
  • Lecture outlines
  • References and bibliography


Applicant Requirements:

Minimum of three months experience in an HLA Laboratory. B.S. degree in an appropriate biological science or MT(ASCP) or other appropriate registry.


Curriculum Outline

  • Basic Immunology
  • Molecular Genetics
  • Transplant Immunology
  • Molecular Typing
  • Alleles, Epitopes, Haplotypes & Disease Associations


General Information

Anticipated in-person for 2025 and 2027.

When the course is held in-person, the registration fee includes continental breakfast, breaks and lunch daily as well as a welcome reception. Hotel, transportation, and other arrangements/costs are the student's responsibility.

Anticipated virtually in 2024 and 2026.

When the course is held virtually, registration fee includes On-Demand access to lecture videos for 6 months and two live virtual office hours with faculty.

The official language for the course is English.

The course is ABHI certified.

Please contact Arlene Skinner for additional information.

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