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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).

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Cytotechnology

The mission of admissions in the College of Allied Health Professions is to advance evidence-based recruitment and admissions practices that are inclusive, equitable and balanced with respect to experiences, attributes and metrics to recruit and admit applicants for the purpose of preparing highly competent, collaborative and compassionate professionals dedicated to improving the health and healthcare of all individuals and communities.

For specific Cytotechnology admissions, application, and timelines, visit: Cytotechnology Admissions.

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

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

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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.