KU Cytotechnology Program

Slide of cells under microscope.The University of Kansas offers an accredited Bachelor of Science degree in cytotechnology. Students entering the program have completed three years of undergraduate course work and enter cytotechnology for one additional year of study. The program combines lectures in anatomy, histology, physiology, and cytopathology with microscopic and staining instruction.

To graduate from KU and be eligible to sit for the CT (ASCP) registry examination, students must have completed a minimum 129 credit hours, including 39 hours in the cytotechnology program. Graduates are eligible to become a registered cytotechnologist by successfully completing the registry examination given by the American Society of Clinical Pathologists. Our program has been nationally recognized and is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Allied Health Education Programs.


Mission and Philosophy of the Program

Our mission is to excel in the education of cytotechnologists who will meet the needs of the State of Kansas, the region, and the nation by preparing graduates who are accurate in cytologic interpretation, skillful in cytologic laboratory techniques and operations, and knowledgeable about both traditional and ancillary cytologic methods. In addition, the program will develop leaders who practice professionalism and contribute to education, research, and service in cytopathology while providing the highest quality of patient care.


Clinical affiliation sites

Students in the program enter a rotation of clinical sites during the second semester of study. This provides an opportunity for them to observe the operations of a reference laboratory and to learn from clinical instructors in a real-world job setting. It also is a chance to begin networking for future employment, as many of our students have gone on to work at these clinical sites after graduation. Students will need to provide their own transportation to clinical sites.

students working at microscope lab during cytotechnology classThe University of Kansas Hospital
3901 Rainbow Blvd.,
Kansas City, KS 66160

MAWD Pathology Group
2750 Clay Edwards Dr.
North Kansas City, MO 64116

Truman Medical Center
2301 Holmes
Kansas City, MO 64108

Physicians Reference Lab
7900 W. 110th
Overland Park, KS 66210


Goals and Learning Domains for the Program

Minimum expectations To prepare competent entry-level cytotechnologists in the cognitive (knowledge), pyschomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains.

Screening and Interpretation (Cognitive) (Psychomotor) (Affective)
To prepare entry-level cytotechnologists to examine conventional and liquid based gynecologic specimens to detect and identify negative, benign, pre-malignant and malignant conditions.

To prepare entry-level cytotechnologists to examine non-gynecologic specimens including fine needle aspirations and detect and identify negative, benign, pre-malignant, and malignant conditions.

To prepare entry-level cytotechnologists who can maintain high degrees of accuracy combined with productivity. At a minimum, the entry-level cytotechnologist should be able to accurately evaluate 5 slides an hour.

To prepare entry-level cytotechnologists who will meet the other entry-level competencies as defined in the 2004 Standards and Guidelines for the Accreditation of Educational Programs in Cytotechnology.

Basic Laboratory Techniques (Cognitive) (Psychomotor) (Affective)
To prepare entry-level cytotechnologists in basic cytotechnology laboratory skills including specimen handling, quality controls, troubleshooting, use of the microscope, and staining.

Laboratory Operations (Cognitive) (Psychomotor) (Affective)
To prepare cytotechnologists to participate in quality control and quality assurance measures and safety regulations within the laboratory.

Ancillary Testing/New Technologies (Cognitive) (Psychomotor) (Affective)
To be able to explain new technologies as defined by the Standards as they are applied to the cytopathologic diagnostic process.

Scientific Method of Inquiry (Cognitive) (Psychomotor) (Affective)
To be able to read and evaluate scientific cytopathologic literature and to explain the scientific method.

Professional Development (Cognitive) (Psychomotor) (Affective)
To prepare the entry-level cytotechnologist to participate in continuing education and appreciate the role of the profession in patient management and health care.


History of the Program

The University of Kansas Medical Center has maintained a program in cytotechnology since the earliest days of the profession in the mid 1950s. The program was originally housed in the Pathology department of the hospital. Cytotechnology joined the School of Health Professions in 1987. Today faculty and students split their time between the classroom learning environment in the school and the real-world experience provided by The University of Kansas Hospital.

In 1969, Dr. Fritz Lin became medical director of the program and remained in that role until 1990. The current medical director of the program is Dr. Ossama Tawfik. The first educational coordinator of the program was Sarah Freeland, MT(ASCP), followed by Geraldine Johnson, MT(ASCP), CT(ASCP) and later Marilee Means, PhD, SCT(ASCP). In 1983, Dr. Means was appointed program director and she continues to lead the program today.

Last modified: Jul 12, 2013

Important note: The KU cytotechnology program is currently unavailable and applications are not being accepted at this time. The content provided here is intended as general information only and may not be accurate. To find accredited programs available nationally, please visit the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs at www.CAAHEP.org


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The School of Health Professions also offers academic programs in Clinical Laboratory Science and Molecular Biotechnology

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