According to the American Society of Cytology website, there are currently 33 accredited cytology programs in the U.S. and Puerto Rico. They offer bachelor's degree programs, graduate-level certificates and master's degree programs through 4-year colleges and universities.
Schools with Cytology Programs
Here's a list of schools with relevant programs:
|College/University||Location||Institution Type||Degrees Offered||Tuition 2015-2016*|
|Indiana University School of Medicine||Indianapolis, Indiana||Public, 4-year||Bachelor's||In-state $9,056
|Rutgers University||Newark, New Jersey||Public, 4-year||Certificate, bachelor's||In-state $13,597
|Thomas Jefferson University||Philadelphia, Pennsylvania||Private not-for-profit, 4-year||Bachelor's, master's||Undergraduate: $35,264 Graduate: $27,798|
|University of Rhode Island||Kingston, Rhode Island||Public, 4-year||Master's||In-state $11,796
|Albany Medical College||Albany, New York||Private not-for-profit, 4-year||Master's||$24,499|
|University of Tennessee-Memphis||Memphis, Tennessee||Public, 4-year||Master's||In-state $12,205
|University of Texas-M.D. Anderson||Houston, Texas||Public, 4-year||Bachelor's||In-state $4,590
|Old Dominion University||Norfolk, Virginia||Public, 4-year||Certificate, bachelor's||In-state $9,480
*Source: National Center for Education Statistics
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School Selection Criteria
Students should consider the following when exploring cytology programs:
- Lab facilities should have modern equipment accessible to all students, with an emphasis on safe lab procedures, including use of protective gear and familiarity with quarantine protocols.
- Faculty expertise should include a breadth of professional experience in all areas of cytology.
- Practicum and internship opportunities should be available at local hospitals with minimum complications to allow students to gain valuable field experience.
- Students considering graduate cytology programs need an undergraduate degree in a life science.
Bachelor's Degree Program in Cytology
Core cytology courses cover human anatomy and physiology, microbiology, research methods, molecular diagnosis and cytopathology, along with a clinical practicum.
Master's Degree Program in Cytology
Master's degree programs usually take 2-3 years to complete and often require that applicants hold a related bachelor's degree or demonstrate professional experience. Courses and seminars are augmented with advanced cytopathology and laboratory practicums. There is typically a guided research component that involves a thesis or case study.
Students should verify prerequisites, facility technology, experiential learning components, and faculty expertise before choosing a cytology program.