What are the educational requirements?

Preparation for a career in cytotechnology is accomplished by successfully completing an accredited educational program. Students may apply for admission to the CPCC program after they have completed a Bachelor’s degree with 20 semester hours of biology, 8 semester hours of chemistry, and 3 semester hours of mathematics.

Applicants must meet the minimal technical standards or essential skills necessary for the professional practice of cytotechnology.

Career Opportunities

Today, there are more jobs for cytotechnologists than educated people to fill those jobs. Future long-term employment looks bright. The need is great throughout the country. Cytotechnologists have an unlimited choice of practice settings. Hospitals, for-profit laboratories, clinics, public health facilities and industry currently have positions available for qualified cytotechnologists.

Licensure and Certification

Upon successful completion of an educational program approved by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP), an individual is eligible to take an examination for certification given by the Board of Registry of the American Society of Clinical Pathologists. An additional Specialist in Cytotechnology certification is available for persons with advanced degrees and/or experience. Individuals who pass this examination may use the designation SCT after their names.

Links for Additional Information on Cytotechnology:

Read about cytotechnology in the Bureau of Labor Statistics brochure, Healthcare jobs you might not know about .”

Professional Resources:



Visit the American Society of Clinical Pathology website and learn more about becoming certified as a cytotechnologist:


Enjoy viewing cytology images at the following website:


Support Systems and Community Resources:

Single Stop

Criminal Background Checks and Drug Screening information

  • Criminal Background Check and Drug screen: All accepted students are required to undergo a criminal background check and drug screen. Procedural information concerning these requirements will be provided upon acceptance.

Note: Criminal background checks (CBCs) and drug screens are required by clinical agencies/healthcare systems. If a student is refused access to clinical experiences because of a positive CBC or drug screen, the student will be unable to complete the clinical component of the course. Inability to complete the clinical requirements will result in a failure to progress in the program.

  • Under North Carolina law some people with criminal backgrounds may be eligible for an expunction to remove charges or convictions from their record. If you would like to know whether or not you are eligible, contact Single Stop at 704.330.2722 ext.: 6435 or email singlestop@cpcc.edu to schedule a legal consultation. To learn more about expunctions, explore the NC Justice Center’s guide.