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Career Profiles: Cytotechnologist

What do they do?

Cytotechnologists are responsible for examining human cells under a microscope to detect early signs of cancer and other diseases.  A cytotechnologist makes a judgmental decision as to what is normal and abnormal by analyzing cellular patterns and subtle changes in both the nucleus and cytoplasm of cells while correlating the patient's clinical history.

Cytotechnologists work independently doing meticulous microscopic work.  They must be comfortable making decisions and assume a great deal of responsibility.  Cytotechnologists work in collaboration with pathologists to diagnose benign and infectious processes, precancerous lesions and malignant disease.

Educational Requirements

Cytotechnologist is an individual that has earned a baccalaureate degree and has completed 12 months of clinical training in an accredited cytotechnology program.


Individuals that successfully complete the education requirements are eligible to be certified as a Cytotechnologist (CT) with the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP).

More Information


American Society for Clinical Pathology
33 West Monroe Street, Suite 1600
Chicago, IL 60603

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