Cytotechnology is the microscopic study of cells that have been shed, scraped, or aspirated from the body. As a cytotechnologist, you will play an integral part in the total health care of patients. Cytotechnologists are highly skilled laboratory professionals who are responsible for the initial microscopic evaluation of cytologic material. They are able to detect microorganisms, benign conditions, premalignant processes, and malignant changes that would warrant further evaluation by a pathologist.

What You Will Learn

Coursework emphasizes basic human anatomy, histology, physiology, and pathology. You will be trained to recognize changes in cell morphology in order to accurately interpret various cytology specimens.

Upon completion of the cytotechnology certificate, you will:

  • Be able to evaluate cellular preparations with a high level of accuracy
  • Demonstrate critical thinking skills and problem solving abilities as an entry-level cytotechnologist, as outlined in the student handbook and The Cytotechnology Programs Review Committee (CPRC) curriculum guidelines
  • Demonstrate professionalism and ethical behavior in your interaction with other students, faculty, and clinical faculty

When you graduate, you will be eligible to take the Board of Certification exam in Cytotechnology, given by the American Society of Clinical Pathologists (ASCP).

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Why Choose Central Piedmont

Our cytotechnology program offers an exceptional educational experience by providing the high-quality didactic and clinical experiences needed to become a well-rounded, fully competent cytotechnologist. Our program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) of the American Medical Association, in collaboration with the Cytotechnology Programs Review Committee (CPRC) of the American Society of Cytopathology (ASC). For the past three academic years, 100% of our cytotechnology graduates passed their Board Certification on their first attempt and found employment upon graduation. You will also have the opportunity to participate in the Cytotechnology Student Association

Real World Education

At Central Piedmont, your education goes beyond what you learn in class. We offer numerous opportunities for you to enhance your learning — and to make friends, network, and pursue your passions — through clubs and organizations, sports, events and activities, leadership opportunities, job experience, volunteer experiences, visual and performing arts, and even international experiences.

What is Cytotechnology?

Cancer has had a major impact on my life since I was young. It was only natural I wanted to help in that field. Central Piedmont checked all of my boxes in regards to accessibility, cost, reputation, and the structure of the program. If I can help just one individual have at least one more day with their loved ones, then it has all been worth it. Sarah Thurlow '19 Read Sarah's Story

The Details

Apply to the Program

This program is competitive, admitting six students and two alternates each year. Your application will be ranked based on your application scores. The program does not offer advanced placement, does not accept transfer credits, and does not allow completion of requirements through prior experiential learning.

Meet with a program admissions specialist if you have any questions.