Eligibility and Requirements

To be considered for admission into KU's cytotechnology program, the following are required:

  1. Prerequisite Courses
    Prior to entering the program students must complete three (3) years of undergraduate college course work including a total of 90 semester credit hours. Twenty (20) semester hours must be in the biological sciences. Also required are eight (8) hours of chemistry and three (3) hours of college algebra. Please see the complete list of prerequisite courses for details.

  2. Grade Point Average
    An overall grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 (on a 4.0 scale) is required to be eligible to apply. In addition, student transcripts must document an individual course grade of no less than "C" on each biology, chemistry, and math prerequisite course with a cumulative GPA of 2.7 on those courses.

  3. Health and Physical Requirements
    Good physical and mental health are essential to the field of cytotechnology. Physical or other disabilities are evaluated on a case by case basis by the program and by the KU Office of Institutional Opportunity and Access, IOA@ku.edu. Please review the program's technical standards for details. Physical examinations are required prior to the time of registration for classes at KU. A test for color blindness is also required.

  4. Background Check
    The Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) requires all incoming students to pay for a background check. This one-time fee must be paid directly to the company performing the background investigation. You will be asked to provide information and make the payment once you have been officially accepted into the program. For more information, please see the School of Health Professions Background Check Instructions

  5. International Students:
    An applicant is considered an international student if he or she requires a visa, or currently resides in the U.S. with non-immigrant status, or currently resides in the U.S. while applying for permanent residency. Additional requirements and documentation, such as proof of English language proficiency, are required for international students to become eligible for KU programs. Please review the information for international students before applying.

English Language Requirements
Students in this program are required to have strong command of the English language, both to ensure success during their education and also to be properly prepared for employment after graduation. Special requirements apply to any student that is not a citizen of one of the following countries where English is the native language, or have earned a baccalaureate degree (or higher) from an institution in one of them: United States, Great Britain, Australia, New Zealand, or English-speaking provinces in Canada.

To verify English language requirements have been met, official exam results from either the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) must have been obtained within the two years prior to application:

  • Internet-based TOEFL minimum requirements: At least 23 or higher on the reading and listening sections; a score of 5.0 or 23 or higher on the writing section; a score of 26 or higher on the speaking section.

  • IELTS minimum requirements: Overall band score of 6.5 and no part score lower than 6.0.

  • Official documentation means that your test scores must be sent directly from the administering agency to KU. ETS school code for KUMC: 6895. Failure to submit official documentation will delay the admission process.


    The University of Kansas prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion, sex, national origin, age, ancestry, disability, status as a veteran, sexual orientation, marital status, parental status, gender identity, gender expression and genetic information in the University's programs and activities. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies: Director of the Office of Institutional Opportunity and Access, IOA@ku.edu, 1246 W. Campus Road, Room 153A, Lawrence, KS, 66045, (785) 864-6414, 711 TTY.

    Last modified: Dec 10, 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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