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Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences Health Sciences with a Major in Cytotechnology (BSHS)

Deborah Krzyzaniak, M.S., C.T.(ASCP), S.C.T.(ASCP) Program Director

*New majors will not be accepted for the Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences with a major in cytotechnology for the 2023-24 academic year.

The School of Medical Diagnostic and Translational Sciences offers a major in cytotechnology through the Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences. The program offers a first and second degree option as well as a post-baccalaureate certificate option.

Cytotechnologists are specially trained medical laboratory professionals who work with pathologists in detecting changes in cell samples from numerous body sites which allows the early diagnosis of cancer. This is done primarily with the use of the microscope to evaluate slide preparation of cell samples for abnormalities in structure, indicating cancer, precancerous lesions, benign tumors, infectious agents and inflammatory processes. They are also trained in specimen preparation, molecular, FISH, flow cytometry techniques, and fine needle aspiration cytology. 

The program of study is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP), 9355 113th Street, N.W. Seminole, FL. 33775; phone: 727-210-2350; e-mail:; website:, in association with the American Society of Cytopathology.

Theory is reinforced through an integrated clinical phase that allows the student direct experience in a hospital or lab setting providing additional training in screening techniques and diagnostic procedures.  Students are required to obtain a minimum grade of 70 percent or C in all didactic coursework.  Clinical coursework requires a minimum passing grade of 80, 85 and 90 percent during the first, second and third internship, respectively.  Graduates are eligible to sit for the national board exam given by the ASCP (American Society of Clinical Pathology) upon successful completion of the program. 

Application to the cytotechnology program must be submitted by March 15 for the fall semester. Competitive applicants should have an overall GPA  of 2.8 or higher.