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:


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