About the Major

Cytotechnology is a medical laboratory specialty in which microscopic studies of exfoliated, abraded, and aspirated cells from the human body are performed. Professionals study cell samples from various body sites to detect cellular changes indicative of cancer. In addition, cytotechnologists aid in establishing the diagnosis of benign disease processes, such an endocrine disorders, and in detecting some pathogenic microorganisms. Students will be prepared for management, supervisory, and educational responsibilities, as well as understanding legal, ethical, and moral responsibilities to the employers and communities they serve.

Skills and abilities this major develops include: observation, scientific inquiry, attention to detail, knowledge of human body systems, and use of current technologies.

Quick Facts

Sample Coursework

  • Human physiology
  • Pulmonary cytology
  • Cytology of the body fluids
  • Investigation in cytopathology
  • Cytology of fine needle aspiration

Possible Careers

  • Cytotechnologist
  • Researcher*
  • Laboratory supervisor
  • Pharmaceutical or medical equipment sales

*This career option requires additional training or education.

Where could I work?

  • Hospitals
  • Research organizations
  • Medical and diagnostic labs 
  • Government agencies 

Health and Life Sciences Cluster

This major belongs to the Health and Life Sciences (HLS) cluster.

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