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The Cytotechnology Program at Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences prepares individuals for professional practice in hospital laboratories, universities and private laboratories.

These courses comprise the program:

Course Credits
General Principles of Cytology/Pathology 2
Gynecologic Cytology 4
Advanced Gynecologic Cytology 3
Pulmonary Cytology 3
Urinary Cytology 2
Gastrointestinal Cytology 1
Effusion Cytology 2
Fine-Needle Aspiration Cytology 6
Laboratory Operations & Preparation 2
Professional Development 2
Clinical Cytology 5
Total 32

Didactic experiences

The first six months of the Cytotechnology Program consist of formal didactic instruction, including lectures and demonstrations. Students in the program devote considerable time to the microscopic study of selected cytologic specimens. Students also practice preparing and staining slides as well as learn laboratory and specimen collection techniques.


During the final six months of the program, students learn how to screen cytologic specimens with maximum speed and accuracy. Individual research projects and scheduled rotations in molecular cytology and imaging, histology, and cytopreparation are part of the last six months of training.

Grading or evaluation

Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences uses these evaluation tools:

  • Written examination
  • Demonstration of skills
  • Self-assessment exercises
  • Faculty reviews

Mayo Clinic's system of evaluation provides students and faculty with a comprehensive look at individual performance. This allows faculty and administrative staff to direct students who are experiencing academic difficulty to the appropriate support resources, including tutoring programs and counseling opportunities.

Curriculum enhancements

Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences is committed to developing and maintaining the best education programs. The curriculum and other aspects of this program are assessed constantly and changed as necessary to ensure the highest quality training.

March 15, 2017