What is Cytotechnology?
Cytotechnologists are health care professionals who are responsible for analyzing tissue and cell specimens for abnormalities such as cancer and viral infections, primarily in a hospital setting. The cytotechnology major prepares students for the 12-month clinical internship program in cytotechnology as part of a “3+1” four-year degree. This program is for students interested in careers in medical research, clinical laboratory analyses and research.
What Will I Learn?
The cytotechnology major is, like medical technology, a “3+1” academic program that prepares students for the 12-month clinical internship in an accredited cytotechnology program. Cytotechnologists are health care professionals whose primary responsibilities include the diagnosis of cancerous, pre-cancerous and virus-infected cells.
This three-year program of study prepares you for the clinical training year with an academic schedule including cell biology, anatomy and physiology, immunology and optional coursework in virology.
What is Unique About Our Program?
- Immediately qualify for employment as a board certified cytotechnologist
- Work in research, hospitals and health care organizations
- Be ready to continue your education in graduate or medical schools
Accepted students spend 12 months in residence at a clinical training center where they follow a curriculum approved by the American Society of Clinical Pathologists and the American Medical Association.
Affiliated hospitals include:
- The University of Vermont Medical Center School of Cytotechnology (Burlington, Vt.)
- Magee Women’s Hospital (Pittsburgh, Pa.)
Note: Admission to non-affiliated hospitals is also possible.
What Are My Career Opportunities?
A biology degree provides excellent training for careers in a wide variety of health fields including medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine, pharmacy, physical therapy and many others. Recent graduates of the biology department have been accepted into a variety of medical and other professional programs.