in the School of Health Professions
The School of Health Professions has designed a program to prepare the student for a challenging and exciting career as a cytotechnologist.
The program offers two tracks leading to the Bachelor of Science degree.
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.
Dean: Shirley Richmond, Ed.D.
Program Director: Liza Di Filippo, M.H.A./M.B.A.
Medical Director: Gregg Staerkel, M.D.
The Cytotechnology program is accredited by and has conformed its curriculum to the standards published and monitored by the:
Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP
25400 U.S. Highway 19 North, Ste. 158
Clearwater, FL 33763
Upon completion of the program, students will qualify for examination and certification from the:
The program has developed affiliations with reference labs and medical institutions in Texas, so that students will develop expertise in a variety of settings and experience the breadth of opportunity available to a certified histotechnologist. During the clinical phase of instruction, training and supervision are provided in affiliated clinical laboratories.
Cytotechnologists use their knowledge of cells and their expertise with the microscope to identify the presence of cancer, precancerous lesions, benign tumors and microorganisms such as bacteria, fungi and viruses. Working with pathologists and physicians, cytotechnologists play a significant role in the diagnosis and treatment of cancer and other diseases.
While most cytotechnologists work in hospital/private cytopathology laboratories, some opt to join research laboratories where they perform image analysis, fluorescent in situ hybridization or other new diagnostic technologies. Those interested in computer technology use their laboratory knowledge and skills in the management of laboratory information systems. Individuals interested in teaching find rewarding careers as educators.
According to the salary survey conducted by the Office of Academic Affairs at MD Anderson Cancer Center, the average annual starting salary for a staff cytotechnologist is $56,000, while the salary for a senior cytotechnologist may start at about $68,000.
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