Cytotechnology is the microscopic study of cells to distinguish the presence or absence of malignant or pre-malignant disease. Cytotechnologists are trained to recognize the pathological difference between normal and diseased cells. Their work is essential to physicians and to the medical field in the detection of cancer in its earliest and most treatable stages.
As a student in this emerging field, you’ll complete coursework in Biology, Chemistry, Anatomy and Physiology, Genetics, and more.
In your senior year, you’ll be eligible to compete for entry into a year-long internship with the Wisconsin State Laboratory of Hygiene, School of Cytotechnology at UW-Madison. In the first half of the internship, you will spend much of your time performing microscopic study and attending discussions and lectures on Anatomy, Endocrinology, Histology, Physiology, Pathology, and Cytology. In the second half, you will begin performing supervised examinations of clinical specimens to strengthen your diagnostic skills.
When you successfully complete that internship, you’ll earn a B.S. in Cytotechnology from Edgewood College, and you’ll be certified by the State Laboratory of Hygiene. You are then eligible to take the CT examination, administered by the American Society for Clinical Pathology, for national certification.
Cytotechnologists work in hospitals, clinics, laboratories, and other settings where their service can save lives, and improve the health of all of us.