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Degree Offered

Post-Baccalaureate Certificate

Length of Program

Thirty-two (32) semester credit hours of graduate level coursework over twelve (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).

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 $65,000/yr.

Cytotechnology

Admission Requirements

Enrollment in each program is limited and competitive. The admissions committee of each program, composed of program faculty and administration, evaluates the qualifications of each applicant and makes the final selections for admission.

Admission to the Cytotechnology Program requires the applicant to successfully complete the following prior to matriculation:
Required Degree
Applicants must have a baccalaureate degree in any field, from a regionally accredited institution prior to Orientation in August. Degrees with a science background are suggested but not required.

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Application Deadline

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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 ten weeks provides supervised experience in performing the actual duties of a cytotechnologist.

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
FallCredit Hours
CYTO 701 INTRO TO CYTOTECHONOLGY AND CYTOPREPARATION 1
CYTO 703 CYTOLOGY OF THE RESPIRATORY TRACT 2
CYTO 702 CYTOLOGY OF THE FEMALE GENITAL TRACT 5
CYTO 704 CYTOLOGY OF THE URINARY TRACT 1
CYTO 705 CYTOLOGY OF BODY FLUIDS AND CEREBROSPINAL FLUID 1
CAHP 723 PRINCIPALS OF CRITICAL INQUIRY 2
 Credit Hours12
Spring
CYTO 710 CYTOLOGY AND THE GASTROINTESTINAL TRACT 1
CYTO 711 FINE NEEDLE ASPIRATION CYTOLOGY 07
CYTO 713 CYTOLOGY LABORATORY MANAGEMENT 02
CYTO 714 CYTOLOGY CLINICAL PRACTICUM 2
 Credit Hours12
Summer
CYTO 714 CYTOLOGY CLINICAL PRACTICUM 8
 Credit Hours8
 Total Credit Hours32