Biomedical Sciences: B.S. Biomedical Sciences
Cytotechnology Submajor

Program Overview


Cytotechnology is offered by the CHS' Department of Biomedical Sciences as one of seven submajors in the Biomedical Sciences (BMS) degree program.

As a Cytotechnologist, you will examine human cells under the microscope, looking for early signs of cancer and other diseases. You will prepare slides of body cells and microscopically examine them to detect changes caused by different disease processes. When abnormal cells are detected, the Cytotechnologist works with a Cytopathologist to arrive at a final diagnosis. Cytotechnologists enjoy challenge and responsibility and are problem solvers. They are accurate in their work and perform well under pressure.

Job opportunities for Cytotechnologists exist in hospitals, clinics, public health facilities, and industry.

Cytotechnology students spend twelve (12) months in professional training (September - August) at the clinical training site, UW-Madison Cytotechnology Program. The average instructional time for the student is approximately 40 hours a week. Upon completion of the professional training program, students are eligible to take the professional certification examination offered through the American Society of Clinical Pathology - Board of Registry. (See Professional Certification.)