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Curriculum

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

The following 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 2
Independent Projects 2
Clinical Cytology 5
Total 32

Didactic

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 obtain practice preparing and staining slides; and learn laboratory and specimen collection techniques.

Rotations

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 School of Health Sciences uses these evaluation tools:

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

Mayo’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 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 assure the highest-quality training.

  • April 2, 2013
  • ART161876