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  • Cytotechnology FAQ


    What is a cytotechnologist?

    A cytotechnologist is a health care professional, functioning in a laboratory setting, who provides expert analysis of human cellular preparations by use of the light microscope. This individual renders diagnoses encompassing pre-malignant and malignant lesions, as well as diagnosing conditions related to infectious processes. The cytotechnologist assists and collaborates closely with medical doctors known as cytopathologists during the scope of their practice.

    When should I apply for your program?

    Our application deadline is Feb. 1, but you may apply any time after July 1 for the next admission year. You do not need all of your prerequisites completed before applying. However, you are required to have all prerequisite coursework completed, with official transcripts on file, prior to formal admission to the program.

    No. Cytotechnology is a very diverse profession with a lock-step curriculum. Prerequisite courses are designed to provide content material throughout the curriculum for students. Therefore, all prerequisite courses must be complete prior to admission to the program.

    What electives should I take as prerequisite courses?

    Simply apply to the Cytotechnology program with a minimum of 90 semester hours, of which 28 hours must be in the natural sciences, such as biology or chemistry courses. Of course, applicants who already have a degree may apply, if the natural sciences criterion is met. Call us to find out all of the details related to this brand-new format.

    I want to go to medical school. What should I major in?

    Applicants that plan to apply to medical school later must follow the stated prerequisites required by the medical school to which they are applying. Several of our Cytotechnology students have continued their education by obtaining advanced degrees in medicine, dentistry as well as other PhD-level disciplines.

    I already have a bachelor's degree. Will I receive another degree following completion of your program?

    Yes, you will receive a baccalaureate degree (BS) in cytotechnology from the University of Mississippi Medical Center upon completion of all program requirements.

    Salaries will vary depending on location, but the Bureau of Labor Statistics has information on earnings in the US that can be accessed through the Internet - http://www.bls.gov/. In addition, salary surveys have been done by the American Society of Pathologists and can be reviewed by visiting www.onetonline.org/link/summary/29-2011.02.

    Can I attend the program on a part-time basis?

    No, students in the cytotechnology program attend full-time. Cytotechnology is a very diverse profession with a lock-step curriculum that does not allow part-time students or online teaching. The entire curriculum is taught on campus, to the entire class, at one time.

    Can I work while I am attending school?

    The curriculum is intense and working takes away from necessary study time. We discourage full- or part-time employment while a student is in the Cytotechnology program. A variety of financial aid is available for students. This information is obtainable through the Office of Student Financial Aid once an applicant has been accepted into the program.

    What is a clinical rotation?

    During a student's last semester, they will go to affiliated clinical rotation sites, where they practice being a cytotechnologist under the supervision of one of our certified clinical instructors. This real-life experience, be it in a hospital or a private laboratory, prepares our students for life in the laboratory upon successful completion of our training program. Typically, there are two 5-week rotations taken by each of our students, where they fine-tune and put into actual practice everything that they have learned in the classroom setting prior to this experience.

    Who are the faculty?

    Our entire faculty (academic and clinical) consists of credentialed professionals. The majority of the faculty in the program holds terminal degrees in areas related to the profession and have extensive teaching experience. Our faculty is well-published and has presented papers, posters and workshops at the national, regional and state levels. All of the faculty is involved with professional organizations, and we encourage students to become actively involved as well.

    What are some suggested websites to find additional information regarding the cytotechnology profession?

    You may search on the words "cytotechnology," "cytopathology" or use the suggested  sites listed below:

    When and where may I get an application?

    Applications are available online by July 1 of the year preceding enrollment. Application deadlines vary from program to program and are subject to change. All applicants pay a nonrefundable application fee of $25.

    Further information may be obtained from the Office of Student Records and Registrar: 

    • University of Mississippi Medical Center 
              Office of Student Records and Registrar
              2500 N. State St.
              Jackson, MS 39216-4505
              Phone: (601) 984-1080