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Cytotechnology Option

According to the American Society for Cytotechnology, the cytotechnologist makes decisions as to what is normal and abnormal in patient samples by analyzing cellular patterns and subtle changes in both the nucleus and cytoplasm of cells while correlating the patient's clinical history.

Cytotechnologists work independently doing meticulous microscopic work. Cytotechnologists are responsible for the preliminary interpretation of specimens from a variety of sites such as lung, bladder, body cavities, central nervous system, gastrointestinal tract, liver, lymph nodes, thyroid, salivary glands and breast.  They are also the solely responsible for interpreting Pap smears as normal. 

Cytotechnologists work in collaboration with pathologists to diagnose benign and infectious processes, precancerous lesions and malignant disease.

Requirements

Note: the department has renumbered many courses; refer to earlier catalogs for previous numbers.

Curriculum and Course Descriptions

The Cytotechnology option curriculum is outlined below.  Please click here for a listing of course descriptions

First Year

  • First Semester: 15 credits
    • General Education/Distribution Requirements - 6 credits
    • MLS 115 - Fundamentals of Medical Laboratory Science I
    • MLS 116 - Fundamentals of Medical Laboratory Science Techniques
    • CHM 151 - Principles of Modern Chemistry I
    • CHM 161 - Introduction to Applied Chemistry I
    • ENL 101 - Critical Writing and Reading I
  • Second Semester: 14 credits
    • MLS 121 - Human Genetics
    • MLS 122 - Human Genetics Laboratory
    • CHM 152 - Principles of Modern Chemistry II
    • CHM 162 - Introduction to Applied Chemistry II
    • MTH 104 - Fundamentals of Statistics
    • ENL 102 - Critical Writing and Reading II

Second Year

  • First Semester: 16 credits
    • General Education/Distribution Requirements - 12 credits
    • BIO 221 - Anatomy and Physiology I
    • BIO 223 - Anatomy and Physiology Laboratory I
  • Second Semester: 15 credits
    • General Education/Distribution Requirements - 4 credits
    • MLS 221 - Pathophysiology
    • MLS 222 - Pathophysiology Laboratory
    • MLS 241- Instrumentation Analysis
    • BIO 222 - Anatomy and Physiology II
    • BIO 224 - Anatomy and Physiology Laboratory II

Third Year

  • First Semester: 16 credits
    • MLS Elective - 3 credits
    • General Education/Distribution Requirements/Free Electives - 9 credits
    • MLS 301 - Principles of Microbiology
  • Second Semester: 14 credits
    • General Education/Distribution Requirements/Free Electives - 6 credits
    • MLS 331 - Fundamentals of Clinical Hematology
    • MLS 332 - Fundamentals of Clinical Hematology Laboratory
    • MLS 352 - Medical Laboratory Science Seminar II
    • PHL 317 - Ethics and Health Care Professionals

Fourth Year

  • First Semester: 15 credits
    • MLS 461 - Introduction to Cytotechnology
    • MLS 463 - Cytopathology
    • MLS 465 - Cytotechnology Seminar
    • MLS 467 - Cytology Practicum I
  • Second Semester: 15 credits
    • MLS 462 - Special Topics in Cytotechnology
    • MLS 464 - Medical Cytology
    • MLS 466 - Applied Cytotechnology
    • MLS 468 - Cytology Practicum II

General Education Departmental Requirements

Students majoring in the Cytotechnology option will meet their departmentally-determined General Education requirements as follows:

Area E

Satisfied by:

  • PHL 317 - Ethics and Health Care Professionals

Area I, Tier 2

Satisfied within hospital placement, as arranged between MLS Department Chairperson and placement supervisor.

  • MLS 461 - Introduction to Cytotechnology

Area W, Tier 2

Satisfied by:

  • ENL 266 - Technical Communications

Area O

Satisfied by:

  • MLS 307
  • MLS 468 - Cytology Practicum II

Total Credits: 120

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