Cytotechnology

Cytotechnology is an advanced allied health career which prepares students to use specialized equipment to study cells for detecting cancer, hormonal abnormalities and other pathological disease processes. Individuals entering this curriculum must have earned a bachelor’s degree with a concentration in the biological sciences.

Course work includes entry-level knowledge and skills in cell collection and preparation and microscopic use to interpret specimens. Graduates work in conjunction with pathologists to perform special diagnostic procedures.

Upon successful completion of the program, graduates receive a certificate in cytotechnology and are eligible to take the National Board of Certification Examination of the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP). Cytotechnologists may find employment in hospital and university laboratories, private laboratories, private companies and research facilities.

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No degrees offered.

No diplomas offered.

Cytotechnology (C45220)

Certificate Awarded

A Certificate in Cytotechnology is awarded by the College upon successful completion of the program.

Admissions

Students wishing to apply to the Cytotechnology Program must complete the following requirements prior to admission:

  • Bachelors degree from an accredited college or university that includes:
    Biology: 20 semester hours (30 quarter hours)
    Chemistry: 8 semester hours (12 quarter hours)
    Mathematics: 3 semester hours (5 quarter hours)
    Humanities: min. of 4 semester hours (6 quarter hours)
  • A Grade Point Average of 2.5 in sciences courses, as well as an overall 2.0 GPA is recommended.
  • International students must submit scores from both the Test of Spoken English (TSE) and the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) prior to the application deadline.
  • International students must submit transcript evaluation for course work completed outside the U.S. from an agency approved by the American Society for Clinical Pathology. A list of these agencies may be obtained by calling the ASCP at 800.267.2727.
  • All students must submit: (1) an application to the college, (2) two letters of recommendation to the Cytotechnology Program Chair from previous science professors, and (3) all college transcripts to CPCC Admissions, Records & Registration.
  • Each applicant also must complete an interview with the Cytotechnology program chair.

Notes

The Cytotechnology program is a full-time, 12-month program that begins fall semester of each year. Progression in the program is dependent on satisfying course prerequisites, co-requisites and meeting minimal levels of performance for each course. Graduates of this program may apply to take the Cytotechnology Certification Examination administered by the Board of Certification of the American Society for Clinical Pathology.

The Cytotechnology program at CPCC is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) on recommendation of the Cytotechnology Programs Review Committee (CPRC) of the American Society of Cytopathology (ASC).

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In addition to tuition and textbooks, costs of the program include the following: uniforms, lab coat, a physical examination including immunizations (tetanus toxoid, Hepatitis B vaccinations [series of three], TB test, color blindness test, etc.), costs associated with clinical travel and housing and registration fee for the Board of Certification Examination.

In order to participate in clinical education experiences at health care facilities, students may be required to submit results of a NC state or national criminal background check at their own expense. As a condition of program admission, students may be required to verify that they are United States citizens or are otherwise legally authorized residents of the United States.

Contact Information

The Cytotechnology program is in the Medical Careers and Cosmetology Division. For more information, visit the Cytotechnology website at cpcc.edu/medicalcareers/cytotechnology. If further assistance is needed, contact the Program Chair at 704.330.6283.

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Major Requirements
CYT 210Intro to Clinical Cyto4.0
CYT 212Intro to Cyto Techniques4.0
CYT 214Gynecological Cytology14.0
CYT 216Clin & Diag Interp I4.0
CYT 220Non-Gynecological Cytology12.0
CYT 222Cytopreparation Technique2.0
CYT 224Gynecological Cytology Clinical Practicum I4.0
CYT 226Clinical & Diagnostic Interpretation II4.0
CYT 230Non-Gynecological Cytology Clinical Practicum2.0
CYT 232Clinical Cytology Practicum1.0
CYT 234Gynecological Cytology Clinical Pract II3.0
CYT 236Cytology Literature Review1.0
CYT 238Cyt Professional Issues2.0
Total Credits57

Courses

CYT 210. Intro to Clinical Cyto. 4.0 Credits. Class-4.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-0.0. Work-0.0

This course provides an overview of the fundamentals of cell biology, basic histology, and pathology of tumors as they relate to clinical cytology. Topics include basic sciences, as well as inflammatory processes, morphology and classification of microorganisms, and basic clinical cytological terminology. Upon completion, students should be able to discuss the basic histological and pathological concepts common to the diagnostic cytology of all body systems.

Corequisites: Take CYT 212, CYT 214, CYT 216 and CYT 222

CYT 212. Intro to Cyto Techniques. 4.0 Credits. Class-4.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-0.0. Work-0.0

The course covers care and use of the light microscope and histological and cytological specimen preparation techniques and equipment. Topics include laboratory safety, chemical hygiene, universal precautions, and fundamentals of staining and fixation. Upon completion, students should be able to discuss and demonstrate the care and use of the microscope and discuss basic concepts of staining and fixation.

Corequisites: Take CYT 210, CYT 214, CYT 216 and CYT 222

CYT 214. Gynecological Cytology. 14.0 Credits. Class-8.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-12.0. Work-0.0

This course covers gynecological cytology, including normal anatomy, physiology, histology, cytology, malignancies, and treatment modalities. Topics include hormonal cytology, microorganisms and their manifestations, precursor lesions, and carcinomas. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate competence in cytological criteria and gynecological cytology.

Corequisites: Take CYT 210, CYT 212, CYT 216 and CYT 222

CYT 216. Clin & Diag Interp I. 4.0 Credits. Class-4.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-0.0. Work-0.0

This course covers cytological criteria for representative cytological and histological specimens. Emphasis is placed on the cytology and histology of the female reproductive system. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate competence in the application of cytological criteria for gynecological cytology.

Corequisites: Take CYT 210, CYT 212, CYT 214 and CYT 222

CYT 220. Non-Gynecological Cytology. 12.0 Credits. Class-8.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-8.0. Work-0.0

This course covers non-gynecological cytology and fine needle aspiration biopsy of all body sites. Topics include the anatomy, histology, pathology, and cytopathology of the respiratory system, alimentary canal, body cavities, urinary tract, and breast and aspiration cytology. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate competence in the use of cytological criteria as applied to non-gynecological cytology.

Prerequisites: Take All: CYT 210, CYT 212, CYT 214, CYT 216, and CYT 222
Corequisites: Take CYT 224, CYT 226, CYT 236 and CYT 238

CYT 222. Cytopreparation Technique. 2.0 Credits. Class-2.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-0.0. Work-0.0

This course covers the fundamental principles of cytopreparation for histological and cytological specimens. Emphasis is placed on techniques related to cytopreparation. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate competence in the various cytopreparation methods.

Corequisites: Take CYT 210, CYT 212, CYT 214 and CYT 216

CYT 224. Gynecological Cytology Clinical Practicum I. 4.0 Credits. Class-0.0. Clinical-12.0. Lab-0.0. Work-0.0

This course provides supervised clinical experience in gynecological cytological procedures. Emphasis is placed on cytological diagnosis by routine screening methods. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate mastery of all diagnostic skills with a minimum competence of 80%.

Prerequisites: Take All: CYT 210, CYT 212, CYT 214, CYT 216, and CYT 222
Corequisites: Take CYT 220, CYT 226, CYT 236 and CYT 238

CYT 226. Clinical & Diagnostic Interpretation II. 4.0 Credits. Class-4.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-0.0. Work-0.0

This course covers cytological criteria for representative cytological and histological specimens. Emphasis is placed on the cytology and histology of all areas of non-gynecological cytology and fine needle aspiration biopsy. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate competence in the use of cytological criteria for non-gynecological cytology and fine needle aspiration biopsy.

Prerequisites: Take All: CYT 210, CYT 212, CYT 214, CYT 216, and CYT 222
Corequisites: Take CYT 220, CYT 224, CYT 236 and CYT 238

CYT 230. Non-Gynecological Cytology Clinical Practicum. 2.0 Credits. Class-0.0. Clinical-6.0. Lab-0.0. Work-0.0

This course provides supervised clinical experience in non-gynecological cytological procedures. Emphasis is placed on differential diagnosis in non-gynecological cytology. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate mastery of all diagnostic skills with a minimum competence of 80%.

Prerequisites: Take All: CYT 220, CYT 224, CYT 226, CYT 236, and CYT 238
Corequisites: Take CYT 232 and CYT 234

CYT 232. Clinical Cytology Practicum. 1.0 Credit. Class-0.0. Clinical-3.0. Lab-0.0. Work-0.0

This course provides supervised clinical experience in a variety of clinical settings. Emphasis is placed on teamwork in the clinical setting with utilization of cytodiagnostic and cytopreparation skills. Upon completion, students should be able to function effectively as an entry-level cytotechnologist.

Prerequisites: Take All: CYT 220, CYT 224, CYT 226, CYT 236, and CYT 238
Corequisites: Take CYT 230 and CYT 234

CYT 234. Gynecological Cytology Clinical Pract II. 3.0 Credits. Class-0.0. Clinical-9.0. Lab-0.0. Work-0.0

This course provides supervised clinical experience in gynecological cytological procedures. Emphasis is placed on the development of solid working criteria in routine cytology screening. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate mastery of all diagnostic skills with a minimum competence of 80%.

Prerequisites: Take All: CYT 220, CYT 224, CYT 226, CYT 236, and CYT 238
Corequisites: Take CYT 230 and CYT 232

CYT 236. Cytology Literature Review. 1.0 Credit. Class-1.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-0.0. Work-0.0

This course covers the development of a scientific, cytology-oriented research paper. Emphasis is placed on the development and presentation of a research proposal utilizing scientific methods, literature reviews, and interpretation of data. Upon completion, students should be able to prepare a scientific research paper based on the scientific method.

Prerequisites: Take All: CYT 210, CYT 212, CYT 214, CYT 216, and CYT 222
Corequisites: Take CYT 220, CYT 224, CYT 226 and CYT 238

CYT 238. Cyt Professional Issues. 2.0 Credits. Class-2.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-0.0. Work-0.0

This course covers the essentials of laboratory organization and management, the fundamentals of laboratory accreditation, and basic principles and applications of immunocytochemistry. Emphasis is placed on discussions of articles from current cytology journals with applications to the practice of cytopathology.

Prerequisites: Take All: CYT 210, CYT 212, CYT 214, CYT 216, and CYT 222
Corequisites: Take CYT 220, CYT 224, CYT 226 and CYT 236