Cytotechnologists are health care professionals who detect cancer by examining cells with a microscope. Although the Pap test for cervical cancer is the most common test performed in the laboratory, other body sites such as lung, GI tract, lymph node, and many other tissues are an increasingly important part of our work. These professionals are increasingly in demand and an important part of the health care team. To become a cytotechnologist in the U.S., two things are required: a Bachelor of Science from an accredited cytotechnology program followed by certification.
Current KU biology students have a great opportunity to enter this field because your existing undergraduate study often overlaps the prerequisites for cytotechnology. Usually, students complete 3 years of biology study in Lawrence and then obtain their cytotechnology degree after one year at the KU Medical Center. Students may enter the program as a senior-year undergraduate or after graduation from KU.
Advanced learning environment.
With a total of 4 positions admitted each year, students are ensured an individual academic and clinical experience. From microscope equipment to hospital laboratories, KU provides the latest technology in a real-world environment. Nationally recognized faculty provide instruction in the latest technologies: liquid-based processing, fine needle aspiration, and molecular diagnostics.
And with a top-10 national ranking on registry examinations, our graduates leave prepared to enter the profession with experience.
The KU Cytotechnology Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Allied Health Education Professions (CAAHEP), 1361 Park Street, Clearwater, FL 33756, and the sponsoring organization is the American Society of Cytopathology, 400 W. 9th St, Suite 201, Wilmington, DE 19801. Documents relating to accreditation status are available at the department office by request. Information for students.