Undergraduate Majors : Cytotechnology
Cytotechnology is a medical laboratory specialty in which microscopic studies of exfoliated, abraded, and aspirated cells from the human body are performed. The cytotechnologist studies cell samples from various body sites to detect cellular changes indicative of cancer. In providing a means of early detection, cytology makes possible the early diagnosis of cancer, thus increasing the chances of a cure. Cytology also serves as a prognostic tool during the course of cancer treatment programs. In addition, it aids in establishing the diagnosis of benign disease processes, such as endocrine disorders, and in detecting some pathogenic microorganisms.
The application deadline is December 1st each year with entry into the program beginning the fall semester of the following year and continuing through June of the next year. 90 credit hours of coursework are needed prior to entrance with a minimum 2.5 cumulative and Biology GPA, and a minimum grade of (C) is required for all program prerequisites. An interview is required.
What can you do with this major?
Most cytotechnologists work in hospital or in private laboratory environments. Opportunities to advance to supervisory positions are good, especially in small laboratories. Other opportunities exist in teaching and research (IU School of Medicine).
- Degree requirements
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- IU School of Medicine's Health Professions Programs
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