Cytotechnology Program

Cytotechnology is a field in which the Cytotechnologist examines cellular samples from various body sites under a microscope for pre-malignant and malignant cell changes. Microorganisms and viral agents can also be identified. The Cytotechnologist works closely with the Pathologist to reach a diagnosis on the cellular samples submitted for evaluation.

The Cytotechnology Program was founded in 1993 at the former Barnes-Jewish College of Nursing and Allied Health and moved to Saint Louis University in 2007. The CT Program accepts freshman, transfer and post-baccalaureate students. The Program is accredited to graduate up to 12 students each year.

Students spend the first three years completing classes in the basic sciences (chemistry and biology), math and liberal arts to lay a solid, yet well rounded, foundation for the cytotechnology sequence. Senior and post-baccalaureate students matriculate together through the final year, which consists of courses focused on the histology and cytology of the human body, molecular diagnostics, specimen processing and clinical practica.

Program Highlights:

  • One of only 29 Cytotechnology programs in the United States
  • Only cytotechnology program in the four state region of Missouri, Illinois, Iowa and Kentucky
  • Low student to faculty ratio
  • Dedicated laboratory training facility with 14 passenger Olympus Multihead Microscope and Computer Laboratory
  • Excellent clinical sites including Barnes Jewish Hospital-Sitemen Cancer Center at Washington University School of Medicine and Saint Louis University Hospital-SLUCare Cancer Center
  • Clinical practicum guaranteed for students in good standing
  • National certification pass rates consistently exceed national average and is often 100 percent

About the faculty:

  • Certified cytotechnologists with advanced certification and/or degrees
  • Nationally and internationally recognized within their profession
  • Dedicated to the development of outstanding cytotechnology professionals
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