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Cytotechnologists prepare microscopic slides of cells of the human body to detect cell abnormalities. They are specially trained to study the structure and function of the human body's cells. Their main focus is to diagnose cancer.

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Work Activities/Environment
Most cytotechnologists work in hospitals, clinics or private laboratories under the supervision of a pathologist. A cytotechnologist may also teach or do research. Cytotechnologists prepare and examine human body fluid cells and are trained to recognize abnormalities in the color, size, shape, make-up and patterns of cells. After conducting an initial screening of cell samples, the cytotechnologist reports abnormalities to the pathologist.

Academic/Special Requirements
High school students should study biology, chemistry, mathematics and related courses. Undergraduate students must complete a bachelor's degree with a minimum of 20 semester hours in biologic sciences, 8 semester hours of chemistry and 4 semester hours of mathematics. Students will then be eligible to apply for a twelve-month clinical cytotechnology program. Certification is required by the employer.

Educational Institutions
Carroll University
Edgewood College
Marian University
University of Wisconsin - Green Bay
University of Wisconsin - Madison
University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee
University of Wisconsin - Platteville
University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point
University of Wisconsin - Whitewater

Hospitals with Associated Educational Programs
Marshfield Laboratories - St. Joseph's Hospital and Marshfield Clinic
Mayo Clinic
State Lab of Hygiene

Professional Organizations
American Society for Clinical Pathology
33 West Monroe, Suite 1600
Chicago, IL, 60603
312/541-4999 or 800/267-2727 (ASCP)

American Society for Cytotechnology
1500 Sunday Drive, Suite 102
Raleigh, NC, 27607
919/861-5571 or 800/948-3947

American Society of Cytopathology
100 West 10th St., Suite 605
Wilmington, DE, 19801

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