Cytotechnology training programs are offered at the baccalaureate and post-baccalaureate (certificate) levels and are located in both university and hospital/laboratory settings.  Students may be admitted to a cytotechnology program in their junior or senior year of college or after they have completed their undergraduate studies.  Specific course requirements vary somewhat among schools; however, 28 credits of sciences including chemistry and the biological sciences upon completion of a cytotechnology program and three of mathematics, statistics or equivalent are recommended.


Upon completion of a cytotechnology program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP), in collaboration with the Cytotechnology Programs Review Committee of the American Society of Cytopathology, students are eligible to sit for a national certification examination given by the American Society for Clinical Pathology Board of Registry.  Successful completion of this examination indicates attainment of entry level proficiency in the field, and individuals are then recognized as CT(ASCP) – certified cytotechnologists.

CAAHEP Accredited Cytotechnology Programs

Consider a Career in Cytotechnology

Entry Level Competencies that Reflect Expectations (.MOV)

More information is available direct from CAAHEP’s website