Description of the Profession Cytotechnology is a medical laboratory specialty in which microscopic studies of exfoliated, abraded, and aspirated cells from the human body are performed. The cytotechnologist studies cell samples from various body sites to detect cellular changes indicative of cancer. In providing a means of early detection, cytology makes possible the early diagnosis of cancer, thus increasing the chances of a cure. Cytology also serves as a prognostic tool during the course of cancer treatment programs. In addition, it aids in establishing the diagnosis of benign disease processes, such as endocrine disorders, and in detecting some pathogenic microorganisms.
Graduates of the Program The Cytotechnology Program is designed to provide its graduates with a comprehensive, fundamental knowledge of clinical cytology that will enable them to function as competent Cytotechnologists and will provide a basis for continuing education and professional growth. Graduates will be eligible for the certification examination administered by the Board of Registry leading to certification and registration in Cytotechnology with the American Society for Clinical Pathology. Graduates will be prepared for management, supervisory, and educational responsibilities and should seek ways to contribute to the growing body of knowledge in clinical cytology. The program is designed to prepare graduates to realize their position in the total health care structure and understand their legal, ethical, and moral responsibilities to the employers and communities they serve. Cytotechnologists normally practice in hospitals, laboratories, or research laboratories.
The educational program in cytotechnology is offered through the Indiana University School of Medicine Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine and is located on the Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis campus at the Clarian Pathology Laboratory Building. Three (3) of the four (4) years of the Cytotechnology program may be completed at Indiana University Kokomo.
Credential Required to Practice B.S.; CT(ASCP), Cytotechnology certification by the Board of Certification: American Society for Clinical Pathology.
Scholarships Students interested in scholarship information for the professional year should contact the program office.
For further information, contact:
William Crabtree, Ph.D., SCT(ASCP), Director
Phone: (317) 491-6221
Clarian Pathology Laboratory, Room 6002J
350 W 11st Street
Indianapolis, IN 46202-4108