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General Program Course Structure

The program is 16 months in length and runs from August until December of the following year. The application process opens in December and closes in mid-March for the class beginning that August. In total, students will complete 44 semester credit hours of coursework, which includes:

Fall Semester (Late August – December)

  • Intro to Cytotechnology/Cytopreparation
  • Cytology of the Female Genital Tract
  • Cytology of the Respiratory Tract
  • Cytology of the Urinary Tract
  • Body Cavity Fluid and Cerebrospinal Fluid Cytology
  • Principles of Critical Inquiry

Spring Semester (Jan-Early May)

  • Cytology of the Gastrointestinal Tract
  • Fine-Needle Aspiration Cytology

  • Companion Technologies

Summer (May-July)

  • Grossing Small Biopsies
  • Advanced Practices in Cytology
  • Clinical Practicum

Fall Semester (Late August – December) 

  • Capstone
  • Digital Pathology
  • Anatomic Pathology Management
  • Advanced Clinical Practicum
  • Comprehensive Board Review

Students at ProPath will be integrated into the cytology department and will get opportunities to participate in departmental meetings to gain insight into the career field. Additional opportunities include:

  • Participate in pathologist-led microscope case discussions.
  • Get hands-on experience in Fine-Needle Aspiration (FNA) procedures and perform Rapid On-Site Evaluations (ROSE) at affiliated hospital sites during clinical practicums - shadowing cytologists, pathologists, and/or pathology residents.
  • Experience different testing departments of ProPath to gain direct, hands-on training in Fluorescent In-Situ Hybridization (F.I.S.H.) technique cytogenetics, flow cytometry, and molecular testing.

Previous Classes

Cytology Program Promo 2023 04 1

Class of 2023 students: (L to R): Brittany Nobles; Emily Hodges; Adriana Debora; Jessica Coleman; Coleen Chau; Jaxon Carbajal

Cytology Program Promo 2023 04 2

The Inaugural Class of 2020 students: (L to R): Lorma Siason; Cassidy Jones; Christi Lincoln; Sophia Daniels

Cytology Program Promo 2023 04 3

Class of 2022 students: (L to R): Dala Ahmed; Deanna Medina; Samantha Chavez (Not Pictured Catherine Buck)

Cytology Program Promo 2023 04 4

Class of 2021 students: (L to R): Oluchi Mbawuike; Sara Linsteadt

More Information

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[email protected].