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Degree Offered

Master of Diagnostic Cytology

Length of Program

Forty-four (44) semester credit hours of graduate-level coursework over sixteen (16) 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).

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Curriculum

The sixteen-month curriculum of the cytology program provides students with entry-level competency as cytologists. The curriculum includes didactic course work, and clinical practicum. During the didactic course work, students learn about proper collection methods of various specimens; learn anatomy, physiology, histology, cytopathology of six major body systems and sixteen additional body sites; receive microscopic lessons and hands-on experiences in screening glass slides and virtual images of various cytology and surgical specimens; and are introduced to advance practices in cytology techniques and technologies such as small biopsy grossing, ancillary testing, and digital pathology. The program culminates in a capstone project.

A clinical practicum of ten weeks provides supervised experience in performing the actual duties of a cytologist.

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
FallCredit Hours
CYTO 701 INTRO TO CYTOTECHONOLGY AND CYTOPREPARATION 1
CYTO 702 CYTOLOGY OF THE FEMALE GENITAL TRACT 5
CYTO 703 CYTOLOGY OF THE RESPIRATORY TRACT 2
CYTO 704 CYTOLOGY OF THE URINARY TRACT 1
CYTO 705 CYTOLOGY OF BODY FLUIDS AND CEREBROSPINAL FLUID 1
CAHP 723 PRINCIPLES OF CRITICAL INQUIRY 2
 Credit Hours12
Spring
CYTO 710 CYTOLOGY OF THE GASTROINTESTINAL TRACT 1
CYTO 711 FINE NEEDLE ASPIRATION CYTOLOGY 7
CYTO 716 COMPANION TECHNOLOGIES 2
 Credit Hours10
Summer
CYTO 714 CYTOLOGY CLINICAL PRACTICUM 6
CYTO 715 GROSSING SMALL BIOPSIES 2
CYTO 717 ADVANCED PRACTICES IN CYTOLOGY 2
 Credit Hours10
Second Year
Fall
CYTO 713 ANATOMIC PATHOLOGY MANAGEMENT 2
CYTO 718 ADVANCED CLINICAL PRACTICUM 4
CYTO 719 DIGITAL PATHOLOGY 2
CYTO 720 CAPSTONE 3
CYTO 721 COMPREHENSIVE PROGRAM REVIEW 1
 Credit Hours12
 Total Credit Hours44

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