Program Description

The Program in Cytotechnology is a one- or two-year program with entry at the junior or senior level. It is accredited by CAAHEP (Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs) conforming to the standards published and monitored by the American Society of Cytopathology.

The two years of study consists of lectures and demonstrations in a tutored setting for learning the morphology of normal, precancerous and cancerous cells from all body sites.


The Program includes the following topics:

  • Introduction to Cytotechnology
  • Theory and Practice of Cytopreparatory Techniques I & II
  • Gynecologic Cytopathology
  • Non-Gynecologic Exfoliative Cytopathology
  • Fine Needle Aspiration Cytology
  • Laboratory Operations
  • Diagnostic Laboratory
  • Special Studies
  • Clinical Internship

Upon successful completion of the Program the student will be awarded a Bachelor of Science degree and will be eligible to take the national certification exams given by the Board of Registry of the American Society for Clinical Pathology.

Please see the Health Professions Student Catalog for more information about the curriculum and course descriptions.

Why MD Anderson?

For more than 15 years, MD Anderson has ranked among the nation's top two hospitals in cancer care, according to the "America's Best Hospitals" survey published annually since 1990 in U.S. News and World Report. One of the models for federally designated comprehensive cancer centers, MD Anderson is internationally recognized for its exceptional strength in patient care, research and educational programs. As one of the world's largest cancer centers, MD Anderson offers students the opportunity to examine a diverse patient population and diagnose all types of cancers.