Cytotechnologist training at Mayo Clinic

As a cytotechnologist student at Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences, you’ll experience the thrill of getting to apply what you learn in the classroom to actual cases as early as the second week of the program. In just 12 months, you’ll get more than 750 hours of hands-on experience working with cutting-edge technologies unlike any other program in the region.

Practicing alongside other licensed cytotechnologists, you’ll have access to a broad range of samples in an environment that fosters experiential learning.

Nichole L. Jacques, CT(ASCP)

Student stories

The balance between book work and practicing at the microscope made graduating into a career very smooth, and helped to build up my stamina for the ‘real world.’ Screening 20 slides a day to gradually screening 60 slides a day with confidence was a huge achievement in preparing me for my career.

Nichole Jacques, CT(ASCP)
2017 graduate who now works as a cytotechnologist at Mayo Clinic

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How to apply

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Explore what a cytotechnologist does

Cytotechnology is a challenging and exciting profession where no day is like the one before. Cytotechnologists are trained to go behind the scenes, working as detectives to investigate human cells under a microscope looking for any abnormalities or changes that might indicate infection, disease, cancer or pre-cancer. These results are translated to pathologists and other clinical staff in the hopes of determining a diagnosis or next steps for the patient.

Accreditation information

The Cytotechnology Program (Minnesota) is an accredited program.

Accreditation

The Cytotechnology Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs.

See accreditation information for Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science.