Dr. Nicholas Despo, Adviser and Coordinator
What is Cytotechnology?
A cytotechnologist is an individual trained in the use of the microscope to identify cell and tissue abnormalities. In preparation for such a career, an individual must have an understanding of biology and chemistry. Thiel's Cytotechnology program is a 3 + 1 program. This means that the student spends the first three years at Thiel following a course of studies that includes the liberal arts core curriculum as well as specialized courses in biology and chemistry. The fourth year is the clinical year, spent at a hospital or university site with an approved cytotechnology training program. Upon completion of the clinical year, the student earns a BA in Cytotechnology from Thiel. Graduates of the program are eligible to take the certification exam of the American Society of Clinical Pathologists to become registered Cytotechnologists.
A student who graduates from Thiel with a major in cytotechnology will:
• understand basic biological and chemical principles that are necessary to understand
clinical cytological applications.
• study, analyze and interpret biological and chemical principles that are necessary to
understand clinical cytological applications.
• be able to effectively communicate in written form basic biological and chemical
principles that are necessary to understand clinical cytological applications.
• be prepared for discipline-related employment.
What are the career options for cytotechnologists?
Cytotechnologists are employed in hospitals and clinics, in public and private medical laboratories, and in research facilities and medical research centers. Graduates of the program are also able to continue their studies at the graduate school level in related specialty areas.