Cytotechnology is the study of cells, the basic units of living tissue. Cytotechnologists (CTs) are specially trained laboratory technologists who study the structure and function of cells in the human body. They prepare slides of cell samples for examination, and must be able to recognize abnormalities in the color, size, shape, makeup, and patterns of the cells. After conducting an initial screening of cell samples, the cytotechnologists diagnosis is then confirmed by a pathologist. The role of the cytotechnologist extends beyond the detection of malignancy and includes such issues as quality improvement, laboratory management, teaching, research, and consumer/patient education.
Where to Get Education
Bachelor's degree with cytology component. National exam required after completing professional education.