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Career Opportunities

Graduates are eligible to sit for national certification examinations for cytotechnologists. Successful completion of the examination provides a nationally recognized credential as a cytotechnologist.

Employment opportunities are available in hospitals, reference laboratories, governmental agencies, and educational institutions.

Undergraduate Admission

This program requires 3 years of preparatory college course work and one year of cytotechnology course work. The program is also open to students who have bachelor’s degrees, if they have completed the science and math prerequisites. Applications for the 1-year cytotechnology program are available on the school's website. Applications for the fall semester should be submitted by February 1 of the year for which admission is requested. The application must be accompanied by a complete college transcript and 2 letters of recommendation. A personal applicant interview is required.

Admission Requirements

Applicants to this program must have completed the required college preparatory course work before entering the program in the fall. Minimum entry requirements are 3 years of college work (90 semester credit hours), an overall grade-point average of 2.5, and a grade-point average of 2.7 in prerequisite biology, chemistry, and mathematics before enrolling in the cytotechnology program. The student must have earned a minimum grade of C in each prerequisite course. Admission to the program is a competitive process.

International students, or those for whom English is a second language, may have additional requirements relative to language proficiency, residency, and citizenship status. International students should review current requirements.

Good physical and mental health is essential. Minor physical handicaps are not considered deterrents. Physical examinations and a color-blindness test are required before registration in the professional course work. Prospective students should review the program requirements, including prerequisite course work, and complete list of application requirements at the program's website.


English (6)
ENGL 101Composition3
ENGL 102Critical Reading and Writing3
Mathematics (3)
MATH 101College Algebra (or higher)3
Biological Sciences (21)
Required courses:
BIOL 150Principles of Molecular and Cellular Biology4
BIOL 240Fundamentals of Human Anatomy3
or BIOL 246 Principles of Human Physiology
BIOL 350Principles of Genetics4
In addition to the required courses above, the student may choose 10 credit hours of biology course work. The following courses have been suggested by the program director as helpful to future study in cytotechnology but they are not required.10
Fundamentals of Human Anatomy
Principles of Human Physiology
Laboratory in Genetics
Cell Structure and Function
Biology of Development
Introduction to Biostatistics
Human Genetics
Chemistry (10)
(8 hours minimum, KU students 10 hours)
CHEM 130General Chemistry I5
CHEM 135General Chemistry II5
Western Civilization (6)
HUM 204Western Civilization I3
HUM 205Western Civilization II3
Communication Studies (3)
Select one of the following:3
Speaker-Audience Communication
Personal Communication
Fundamentals of Debate
Reason and Argument

Humanities and Non-Western Culture (6 hours). View the list of principal courses. View the list of non-Western culture courses.

Social Sciences (6 hours). View the list of principal courses.

Optional Additional Courses

These courses are not required for the cytotechnology degree; however, they will be very useful as you enter the program. Art history, for example, is extremely helpful for developing visual skills required by successful cytotechnologists. Additional mathematics and statistics preparation is beneficial to students as well.

Select one of the following:3
Matrix Algebra, Probability, and Statistics
Elementary Statistics
Introduction to Biostatistics
Select one of the following:3
Introduction to Western Art History
History of Western Art: Ancient Through Medieval
History of Western Art: Renaissance to Contemporary

B.S. Degree Requirements

This program requires 3 years of undergraduate college course work including a minimum of 90 semester credit hours at KU Lawrence campus, or at another university or community college and 1 year of professional courses at KU Medical Center. Students are allowed no more than 64 hours of lower-division classes.

To graduate from KU and be eligible to sit for the CT (ASCP) registry examination, students must have completed a minimum of 129 credit hours, including 39 hours in the cytotechnology program. To obtain a bachelor’s degree from KU, a student must earn the least 30 hours of credit for the degree by resident study. Transfer students should be aware that all transfer courses for which they have requested credit must be equivalent to courses required at KU, or additional course work will be required. All other degree requirements must be fulfilled. All required science prerequisites must be passed with a grade of C or better. Detailed curriculum information is found on the program's website.

Students must earn grades of B or above to continue in the program. Program requirements and course offerings are subject to change. Prospective students should contact the program for the latest information.

Clinical Program in Cytotechnology

The cytotechnology professional program requires enrollment during the fall, spring, and summer terms of the senior year. The following courses are required:

CYTO 300Introduction to Cytology5
CYTO 321Neoplasia in the Female Genital Tract I5
CYTO 322Neoplasia in the Female Genital Tract II6
CYTO 523Fundamental Analytical Techniques Laboratory1
CYTO 355Cytology Lab Management, Respiratory Cytology and Oral Cytology4
CYTO 370Effusions, C.S.F., and Miscellaneous Cytology3
CYTO 380Gastrointestinal, Breast, G.U. and F.N.A. Cytology6
CYTO 415Scientific Method and Literature in Cytology1
CYTO 420Advanced Practicum in Cytology2
CYTO 450Advanced Topics in Cytology2
CLS 605Introduction to Molecular Diagnostics I1
CLS 607Introduction to Molecular Diagnostics I Laboratory1
CLS 622Problems in Molecular Diagnostics2

4-Year Graduation Plan

B.S. in Cytotechnology

Course Sequence

This suggested sequence of course work may be helpful in planning enrollment during the first 3 years.

ENGL 1013ENGL 1023
MATH 1013BIOL 240 or 2463
BIOL 1504Humanities elective3
 Social sciences elective3
 10 12
BIOL 3504COMS 130 or 1503
Western civilization (or equivalent)3Western civilization (or equivalent)3
Social sciences elective3Humanities elective3
Art history3Biology elective3
Other elective3Other elective3
 16 15
MATH 3653Biology electives6
Biology electives6Other electives9
Other electives6 
 15 15
Total Hours: 83

Fourth Year

During the fourth year, students follow the curriculum for the Clinical Program in Cytotechnology.