Cytotechnology


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  • Program Overview

    Cytotechnology is taught using one format (a traditional on-campus curriculum), as follows: A "3+1" lockstep curriculum leading to a Bachelor of Science in Cytotechnology (BSCT).

    Students apply to the program with a minimum of 90 semester hours, of which 28 hours are to be in courses deemed natural sciences (i.e., chemistry and biology courses), and after also successfully completing the other prerequisites for degrees conferred by the State of Mississippi, Institutions of Higher Learning. The basic curriculum is taught using a combination of didactic and laboratory courses, and culminates with the successful completion of one or more clinical rotations at one of the program's affiliated clinical sites, which are either in hospital-based or private laboratory settings.

    The program is taught beginning with the summer session, commencing around June 1 (10 semester hours), and concludes with a fall and a spring semester (12 hours each), all of which ultimately leads to graduation from the program during May of a particular year. It should be noted that students with existing baccalaureate degrees may apply to the program as long as the necessary natural science prerequisites are met.

    The Cytotechnology program is dependent on a high level of one-on-one interaction between the faculty and the student. The very subtle gradations that come into play when rendering a correct diagnosis on a patient sample make this profession as much of an art as a science.

    The ability to make those determinations can only be learned by intense back-and-forth dialogue with an experienced faculty member, all of which have had long careers in the actual practice of cytotechnology prior to becoming teachers of the profession. Our students leave with all of the skills necessary to enter actual clinical practice and to do well on the required board examinations that they take soon after graduation.