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Degree Offered

Post-Baccalaureate Certificate

Length of Program

Thirty-two (32) semester credit hours of graduate level coursework completed in 3 semesters (12 months).

Degree Requirements

Successful completion of the program requires an average of 70% or above on all didactic and clinical courses unless specified otherwise in the syllabus (i.e., proficiency exams, daily screening averages).

Admission to the Program

Enrollment in each program is limited and competitive. Evaluation of the qualifications of each applicant and the final selections for admission are made by the admissions committee of each program, which comprises program faculty and administration.

Admission to the Cytotechnology Program requires the applicant to successfully complete the following prior to matriculation:

University / College Required Prerequisites

Admission to the Cytotechnology Program requires the applicant to possess a bachelor's degree and be well rounded in the biological sciences, chemistry and mathematics.

Biological Sciences

Twenty (20) semester hours are required which may include laboratory sessions. Such courses should emphasize body structure, development, tissue organization and function. These courses may include but are not limited to general biology, bacteriology, parasitology, cell biology, physiology, anatomy, zoology, histology, embryology, genetics and immunology.

Chemistry

Eight (8) semester hours including laboratory session are required.

Mathematics

Three (3) semester hours are required.

How to Apply

For information on how to apply to the Cytotechnology Program, visit the "How to Apply" website. For information on application deadlines and interview dates, visit the "Application Deadline" website.

Potential satellite site students should visit the satellite sites webpage for information and to apply.

Certification & Licensure for Cytotechnology

To become ASCP certified in Cytotechnology (CT)

Graduates of the UNMC Cytotechnology Program are eligible to take a national examination administered by the Board of Registry (BOR), the separate, certifying body within the organizational structure of the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP).

Additional information regarding the BOR exam may be obtained by contacting their offices via email at bor@ascp.org, by calling (312) 738-1336, ext. 1360, or by visiting their website.

About the Profession

If you were a Cytotechnologist, your job would be to study specially stained slides of human cells under the microscope. Sound boring? Not at all.

Cytology is defined as the study of cells. Cytotechnologists perform microscopic evaluation of patient samples for the purposes of diagnosing cancer, precancerous lesions, benign tumors, infectious agents, and inflammatory processes.

Consider yourself a disease detective who studies the secret lives of cells. Your mission would be to identify minute abnormalities in cell structure. By detecting subtle changes and clues in the cells themselves, you would have the potential to help save lives by discovering certain diseases early, which is when treatment is most effective. So find out how you can be a part of this challenging, rewarding career!

Career Outlook for Cytotechnologists

Cytotechnologists are employed at the professional level in hospital and private laboratories, university medical centers and government facilities. Because of the increased utilization of cytologic testing for the confirmation of disease, more cytotechnologists are needed.

A national shortage of cytotechnologists continues to pose a formidable challenge to laboratories regardless of size or geographic location. Positions are available throughout the country in both urban and rural settings. UNMC Cytotechnology graduates have found successful, fulfilling careers.

Due to various vacancy rates around the country, some employers are now offering tuition payment and sign-on bonuses for employment contracts either at the time of Cytotechnology program entry or upon graduation. The average starting salary for a new UNMC graduate is approximately $43,000/yr.

Curriculum

The twelve-month curriculum of the cytotechnology program provides students with entry-level competency as a cytotechnologist. Didactic course work describes the anatomy, physiology, histology, cytology and diseases of different anatomic sites. The proper collection methods and various specimen types are presented. Six major body systems are studied in depth, with sixteen additional body sites presented during the course, "Fine Needle Aspiration." A clinical practicum of twenty-two weeks provides supervised experience in performing the actual duties of a cytotechnologist.

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
FallCredit Hours
CYTO 701 INTRO CYTOLOGY/CYTOPREPARATION 1
CYTO 702 CYTOLOGY OF THE FEMALE GENITAL TRACT 4
CYTO 703 CYTOLOGY/RESPIRATORY TRACT 2
CYTO 704 CYTOLOGY/URINARY TRACT 1
CYTO 705 CYTOLOGY OF BODY FLUIDS AND CEREBROSPINAL FLUID 1
PAMM 690 BIOLOGY OF DISEASE 5
CAHP 723 PRIN OF CRITICAL INQUIRY 2
 Credit Hours16
Spring
CYTO 710 CYTOLOGY OF THE GASTROINTESTINAL TRACT 1
CYTO 711 FINE NEEDLE ASPIRATION CYTOLOGY 3
CYTO 712 IMMUNOCYTOCHEMISTRY 1
CYTO 713 CYTOLOGY LABORATORY MANAGEMENT 1
CYTO 714 CYTOLOGY CLINICAL PRACTICUM 6
 Credit Hours12
Summer
CYTO 714 CYTOLOGY CLINICAL PRACTICUM 4
 Credit Hours4
 Total Credit Hours32