KU's program is one year in length, and students enroll for fall, spring and summer semesters. Classes take place Monday to Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. each day. The program ends at the end of July. A summary of the curriculum is as follows. Please note: information provided on this Web site may change at any time and is intended to be utilized as a quide for prospective students only.
CYTO 300 Introduction to Cytology (5 hours)
CYTO 321 Neoplasia in the Female Genital Tract: I (5 hours)
CYTO 322 Neoplasia in the Female Genital Tract: II (6 hours)
CYTO 523 Fundamental Analytical Tech. and Immunochemistry Lab (1 hour)
CYTO 355 Management, Respiratory, and Oral Cytology (4 hours)
CYTO 370 Effusions, CSF, and Misc. Cytology (3 hours)
CYTO 380 GI, Breast, GU, and FNA Cytology (6 hours)
CYTO 415 Scientific Method and Literature in Cytology (1 hour)
CYTO 420 Advanced Practicum in Cytology (2 hours)
CYTO 450 Advanced Topics in Cytology (2 hours)
CLS 605 Introduction to Molecular Biotechnology (1 hour)
CLS 607 Introduction to Molecular Biotechnology Lab (1 hour)
CLS 622 Problems in Mol. Genetics, Proteomics & Mol. Immnology (2 hours)
Total: 39 hours
While microscopes and teaching materials are provided for students, the students must purchase their own books and enroll in courses which comprise the program. Additionally, the students must attend several rotation sites in the area and provide their own transportation to these sites.
CYTOTECHNOLOGY CURRICULM ENTRY-LEVEL COMPETENCIES
This curriculum in cytotechnology was developed by the CPRC with input from cytopathology professionals to establish the minimum competencies that new cytotechnology graduates must be able to demonstrate upon entering the profession. The entry-level competencies are divided into six major categories based on the overall knowledge and/or skill set encompassed within: Screening and Interpretation, Basic Laboratory Techniques, Laboratory Operations, Ancillary Testing / New Technologies, Scientific Method of Inquiry, and Professional Development.
These entry-level competencies require that cytotechnology students optimally should have a sound background in the sciences. After input from the profession, the CPRC has also established that programs must ensure that students have a minimum of 28 credits of sciences including chemistry and the biological sciences upon entering into a cytotechnology program and 3 credits of mathematics and/or statistics.
As mandated in the Standards and Guidelines for the Accreditation of Educational Programs in Cytotechnology (2004), cytotechnology programs must ensure that the curriculum offered in their programs prepares students to meet these entry-level competencies:
The program must demonstrate by comparison that the curriculum offered prepares students to meet, or exceed if such is stated in the program goal(s), the entry-level competencies specified in the latest edition of the Curriculum in Cytotechnology as developed by the Cytotechnology Programs Review Committee. At minimum, these entry-level competencies will be reviewed every 2 years by the CPRC. Communities of interest will be surveyed every 5 years, or sooner if deemed necessary by the CPRC, to determine what revisions, if any, need to be made.
I. SCREENING AND INTERPRETATION
1. When given conventional and/or liquid-based cervicovaginal cellular samples, the cytotechnologist will be able to microscopically identify and discriminate among the following entities:
II. BASIC LABORATORY TECHNIQUES
1. Upon presentation of a cytologic specimen to the laboratory, the cytotechnologist will be able to: