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General Information

Cytotechnologists play a key role in the delivery of high-quality medical care. Cytotechnologists perform the initial work in detecting and diagnosing cancer by identifying malignant cells in patient specimens. Other benign and premalignant conditions also can be detected. When abnormalities are found, a pathologist reviews the slides and makes the final interpretation.

The cytotechnologist also supervises the preparation and staining of microscopic slides using a variety of laboratory techniques and equipment. Fine-needle aspiration is becoming an increasingly important diagnostic tool, and the cytotechnologist must be trained to assist in this technique as well as to interpret the material derived from various body sites.

The cytotechnology undergraduate degree program operates in cooperation with the Cytology Department of the University of Kansas Hospital. Also, several required classes are taken in the Department of Clinical Laboratory Sciences. It is one of many academic programs in the KU School of Health Professions on the KU Medical Center campus in Kansas City, Kan. Graduates receive a Bachelor of Science in Cytotechnology and are prepared to take licensing examinations required for employment in this field.

The KU cytotechnology program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs, 1361 Park Street, Clearwater, FL 33756. The sponsoring organization is the American Society of Cytopathology, 400 W. 9th St., Suite 201, Wilmington, DE 19801.

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For information about cytotechnology at KU, please visit the program’s website. Students interested in entering this field should contact an adviser as early as possible in their collegiate careers to ensure prerequisite course work will be completed on schedule. Contact an adviser today.

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