The American Society of Cytopathology (ASC), founded in 1951, is a distinguished national professional society of physicians, cytotechnologists and scientists who are dedicated to the cytologic method of diagnostic pathology. The ASC’s diverse membership of more than 3,500 individuals includes representatives from other countries who share a vision of education, research, and continuous improvement in the standards and quality of patient care.

The professional enhancement of the cytotechnologists, the impact of legislative reform on health care, and standardization of performance are contemporary key issues. Educational enhancement is offered by an annual scientific conference with prominent authorities providing lectures, workshops, seminars, poster sessions and diagnostic challenges. In addition to the annual conference, a national monthly teleconference series and publications are offered. The Society is responsible for assuring the accreditation status of Cytotechnology Schools. The ASC provides advice to legislative and regulatory government agencies for establishing practice standards and quality assurance.

Most importantly, it is a society of and for its membership. It is committed to a dynamic interaction of health care professionals now and into the twenty-first century with dedication to maintenance of the highest professional standards in diagnostic cytopathology.

As an Institutional Member, laboratories are agreeing to enroll their entire staff of cytotechnologist employees as ASC Members. Each person will receive ASC membership benefits.

Qualifications for Institutional Enrollment:

The institutional membership is open to all laboratories. This includes hospital laboratories, private laboratories and corporate laboratory sites. The laboratory will be requested to provide the ASC with a list of cytotechnologists employed. All employees who are not current members will be requested to complete a membership application. New members will be reviewed by the ASC Membership Committee and approved by the ASC Executive Board during an Executive Board meeting.

Laboratories enrolling six (6) or more cytotechnologist members will receive a 10% dues discount.

Join the following labs by signing up to be an ASC Member Laboratory!

ACL Laboratories, UW Milwaukee
West Allis, Wisconsin

Baystate Medical Center
Springfield, MA

Chester County Hospital
West Chester, PA

Cleveland Clinic
Cleveland, OH

Coastal Pathology Laboratories
Charleston, SC

Duke University Health System
Durham, NC

Fox Chase Cancer Center
Philadelphia, PA

Kansas Pathology Consultants, P.A.
Wichita, KS

M.D. Anderson Cancer Center
Houston, TX

Massachusetts General Hospital
Boston, MA

Pathology Services Ltd.
St. James, Barbados

Pennsylvania Cytology Services
Monroeville, PA

Scott & White Hospital
Temple, TX

The Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions
Baltimore, MD

Virginia Commonwealth University Health System
Richmond, VA

Yale University
New Haven, CT

List current as of December 1, 2011


  Top Reasons for Enrolling your Cytology Staff:

  • Demonstrates that your institution has invested in the future of cytology and your employees.
  • Acknowledgment as a ASC Member Laboratory through The ASC Bulletin, the ASC Website and at the ASC Annual Meeting.
  • You will receive a certificate showing your institution is a ASC Member Laboratory of the ASC.
  • Your employees will receive member rates for the ASC Annual Meeting.
  • Your employees will start receiving member benefits immediately, once approved by the ASC Executive Board.
  • Your employees will be grateful!

We hope that you will consider joining us in building upon our mutual scientific interests by becoming an Institutional Member of the American Society of Cytopathology.


ASC membership benefits are numerous and cover a broad spectrum of professional and personal needs. As a member of the ASC, you have the opportunity to provide and utilize resources necessary to foster professional, academic and scientific growth in the field of cytology.


State of the Art Scientific Meetings are held annually and include microscopic workshops, poster and platform presentations, and scientific seminars relating current concepts and research findings in the field of cytology.

Teleconference series are available that bring lectures from experts in the field to your institution.


Members receive The ASC Bulletin, an official publication of the Society. The Bulletin keeps members abreast of ASC activities, current topics in clinical cytology and laboratory practice, forthcoming events, editorial, interesting cases, etc.

Members are also entitled to reduced subscription rates of Cancer Cytopathology, Diagnostic Cytopathology, ACTA Cytologica and Cytopathology.


The ASC monitors the quality of the cytotechnology programs, recommends accreditation status, and performs on-site inspections.

The ASC monitors national recruitment issues and keeps abreast of legislative issues relating to the field of cytology.

The ASC communicates with state and regional organizations concerning the needs of each society.

The ASC provides liaisons to the AMA House of Delegates, College of American Pathologists, American Cancer Society, Cytopathology Education Consortium, Intersociety Pathology Council, American Registry of Pathology, and the American Society of Clinical Pathologists Board of Registry.

The ASC provides exclusive access to the ASC Website Member’s Only section and to the ASC Listserv.


The ASC is a unique society that provides a forum where pathologists and cytotechnologists can interact and network with each other on both a personal and professional level.



Medical Members include licensed physicians, dentists, and veterinarians ethically engaged in one or more phases of cytologic practice, teaching, or research.

Cytopathology Fellow

Cytopathology Fellow Members include physicians in a cytopathology fellowship program.

Pathology Resident

Pathology Resident Members include physicians in a pathology residency training program.


Scientist Members include Doctors of Science, Philosophy, and Education who are engaged in research or teaching in the field of cytopathology. It will also include those individuals who, by reason of unusual proficiency and scientific attainment in cytopathology, are considered properly qualified for membership herein.

Voting Cytotechnologist

This membership will include cytotechnologists who are ethically engaged in one or more phases of cytotechnology practice, teaching, or research, who have been Cytotechnologist Members in good standing for at least three (3) years, and have met five (5) of the professional requirements on the last page of the application.


Cytotechnologist members will include cytotechnologists who are ethically engaged in one or more phases of cytotechnology practice, teaching, or research and are eligible for Cytotechnologist Membership provided that they met one of the following requirements:

  1. Persons who, prior to November 13, 1964, completed at least six (6) months of accumulated training in a laboratory acceptable to the Society and who have been engaged in the practice of this specialty, including screening, for at least two years, or
  2. Persons who have completed twelve (12) months of training in a program of Cytotechnology accredited by the Committee on Allied Health Education and Accreditation of the American Medical Association (CAHEA), or the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP), or
  3. Cytotechnologists certified by the Board of Registry of the American Society of Clinical Pathologists, the International Academy of Cytopathology, the Canadian Society of Laboratory Technologists, by other certifying agencies, or, at the discretion of the Executive Board.

Cytotechnology Student Members

Cytotechnology students currently enrolled in accredited programs are eligible to become Student Members.

Affiliate Members

This membership includes laboratory personnel with an interest in cytopathology and active in the field for at least 3 years.