Re-entry & Resiliency Plan (updated 3/3/21)
Cytotechnologists prepare microscope slides, study the cellular architecture of the specimens and mark questionable areas for a pathologist to examine.
In Carlow’s cytotechnology program, you will build a solid foundation in cellular and molecular biology, with relevant biomedical information and practice with biotechnology commonly used in medical and research laboratories.
Bachelor of Science
On campus, some online
Up to 90 credits
In this 3+1 Cytotechnology degree program, you will complete three years at Carlow University, then enroll for the fourth year in the cytotechnology program at UPMC Magee-Womens Hospital. You will prepare to take the national certification examination of the American Society for Clinical Pathology’s Board of Certification (ASCP-BOC).
At UPMC, you will receive instruction in preparing patient samples and interpretation of material, perform clinical rotations in UPMC hospitals, and train with state-of-the-art imaging systems used in the field.
Cytotechnologists work in hospital labs, private labs and universities. Positions are available in diagnostic cytology, research, education and administration.
An increase in the aging population and the development of new screenings and techniques are expected to lead to a greater need to diagnose medical conditions through laboratory procedures. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects a 7% growth in employment for clinical laboratory technologists from 2019 to 2029.
Fall, Spring & Summer
During your junior year, you will apply directly to the Anisa I. Kanbour School of Cytotechnology at UPMC Magee-Womens Hospital. If accepted, you will be required to pay $1,000 to reserve your spot.