Cytotechnologists are medical professionals responsible for the examination of cell samples; they look for cancer and changes that are indicative of infectious and viral agents. Saint Louis University's undergraduate cytotechnology major is one of only 24 nationally and is the only cytotechnology program in Missouri or Illinois. 


SLU’s cytotechnology program has been continuously accredited since 1993.

Major in Cytotechnology

If you choose to major in cytotechnology at SLU, you will practice performing complex technical procedures under a variety of working conditions. You’ll examine cell samples under the microscope for diagnosis of premalignant or malignant cell changes, microorganisms and changes related to them. You’ll practice your skills at clinic sites around the region, including the Saint Louis University Cancer Center and Barnes Jewish Hospital-Siteman Cancer Center.

The major offers state-of-the-art laboratory equipment, including a unique, 14-person microscope that professors use to demonstrate aspects of the class to multiple students at once.

Choose from three curricular tracks:

In addition to University-level scholarships, sophomore, junior and senior cytotechnology students are also eligible to apply for a scholarship from the Doisy College of Health Sciences Alumni Association.

Highlighted Courses

Cytotechnology students in SLU’s Doisy College of Health Sciences spend the first three years completing classes in the basic sciences, such as chemistry and biology, as well as math and liberal arts, to lay a solid, well-rounded foundation for advanced coursework.

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.

  • CYTO 4000: Foundations of Cytology
  • CYTO 4100: Female Genital Tract I
  • CYTO 4110: Female Genital Tract II
  • CYTO 4200: Female Genital Tract III
  • CYTO 4400: Respiratory and Oral Cytology
  • CYTO 4600: Body Fluid Cytology
  • CYTO 4700: Gastrointestinal and Genitourinary Cytology
  • CYTO 4300: Processing Laboratory Practicum
  • CYTO 4800: Fine Needle Aspiration Cytology
  • CYTO 4900: Advanced Practices in Cytology Practicum
Internships and Careers

As a cytotechnologist, you will be qualified to work in conjunction with pathologists to detect and diagnose diseases. While most cytotechnology graduates work in diagnostic testing and laboratory management, some choose positions in research, education or industry. Many alumni also choose to go directly to graduate, medical or professional schools.


SLU’s cytotechnology faculty are certified cytotechnologists who are nationally recognized within their profession and dedicated to developing competent graduates responsive to the needs of society.

Tuition and Fees

Saint Louis University takes pride in being one of Barron's Best Buys in College Education and Kiplinger's Best Values in Private Colleges.

For information regarding the upcoming academic year’s tuition rate, fees and financial aid, visit SLU Financial Services.

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Admission Requirements

The average GPA of students admitted to this program is 3.6 on a 4.0 scale, and the average ACT score is a 24. Admission criteria include a minimum GPA of 3.0 in high school chemistry, biology, mathematics and English. Four years of high school math and English, with some physics, is recommended. You will also need a minimum ACT score of 20 in each subsection or a SAT of 500 or above in each area.

Accreditation and Program Outcomes

Continuously accredited since 1993 through the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs in conjunction with the Cytotechnology Programs Review Committee of the American Society of Cytopathology. Get outcomes, technical standards and more program information

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP)
25400 U.S. Highway 19 North, Suite 158
Clearwater, FL 33763
Phone: 727-210-2350
Fax: 727-210-2354

The American Society of Cytopathology
Cytotechnology Programs Review Committee
400 West 9th Street, Suite 201
Wilmington, DE 19801

Post-Graduate Success

Nearly 100 percent Placement Rates

Saint Louis University's cytotechnology program's graduate career placement rate is typically between 95 and 100 percent. SLU’s national cytotechnology certification exam pass rates consistently exceed the national average and often reach 100 percent.