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Cytotechnologists are skilled morphologists and diagnosticians with roles that include:

  • Evaluating cell samples under the microscope for screening purposes
  • Development and evaluation of new diagnostic tests
  • Consulting with patients and providers on issues related to cytotechnology services
  • Employment in private laboratories, hospitals, research facilities, industry and management settings
  • Pursuit of graduate or medical school

The cytotechnology curriculum prepares graduates for the entry-level responsibilities expected of a new cytotechnologist, primarily in hospitals, private reference laboratories, educational institutions and industry.

Graduates of SLU's Cytotechnology Program have assumed a variety of positions with duties that include:

  • testing staff
  • laboratory supervisor
  • health care administration
  • education
  • research
  • equipment sales and training

Many Cytotechnology Program graduates pursue further education in medicine, physician assistant or graduate school.

Graduates of the Cytotechnology Program are eligible to sit for the national certification examination, administered by the American Society of Clinical Pathologists. Once certified graduates are known as certified cytotechnologists.

According to the American Society for Clinical Pathology, median hourly pay for cytotechnologists ranges from $16.70 to $24 per hour. A survey conducted by Wage Web found the average annual salary in cytotechnology was $41,560.

The cytotechnology workforce is approximately 6,500 with an average age of 50 years old. Cytotechnologists are in demand. Currently there is a shortage in many parts of the country increasing employment opportunities and higher salaries for graduates according to the American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science

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.Cytotechnologists also assist physicians in specimen collection and microscopic assessment of adequacy during fine needle aspiration biopsy procedures. The cycotechnologist works closely with the pathologist to reach a diagnosis on the cellular samples submitted for evaluation.