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- Bachelor of Science in Cytotechnology
- Post-baccalaureate Certificate in Cytotechnology
Overview: A career in cytotechnology enables an individual to play an important role in the detection of precancerous and cancerous lesions. These professionals detect disease states through interpreting cell morphology to arrive at a diagnosis. Working closely with the pathologist, an M.D. who specializes in the detection and diagnosis of diseases, the cytotechnologist is a valued member of the health care team. If you are a self-directed, academically successful student who loves science, cytotechnology may be the field for you. You will learn to use basic and advanced science knowledge to enter into a profession that is interesting and rewarding. You can apply what you have learned to make a difference in someone's life.
The cytotechnology program distinguishes itself by the following:
- Continuously accredited since 1993
- One of only 42 cytotechnology programs in the United States and the only one in the bi-state region
- State-of-the-art laboratory facilities in the Doisy College of Health Sciences
- Low faculty-to-student ratio
- Excellent and diverse clinical sites
- Clinical practicum placement guaranteed for students in good standing
- National certification pass rates consistently exceed the national average
- Pre-med curriculum option
- Opportunities to participate in professional organizations and present research and projects at conferences
- Discipline-specific scholarships available
Faculty: The faculty in the cytotechnology department are certified cytotechnologists, some with advanced certification, nationally and internationally recognized within their profession, dedicated to developing outstanding graduates who are responsive to the needs of society and committed to life-long learning.
Careers: Cytotechnologists are skilled morphologists and diagnosticians who might:
- Evaluate cell samples under the microscope for screening purposes or for the diagnosis of pre-malignant or malignant cell changes
- Develop and evaluate new diagnostic tests
- Consult with patients and providers on issues related to cytology services
- Work in private laboratories, hospitals, research facilities, industry and management settings
- Pursue graduate or medical school