Mayo Clinic cytotechnology student reviewing specimens using a microscope

Cytotechnologist training at Mayo Clinic

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Program description

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)

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Behind the scenes: Cytotechnologist


Behind the scenes: Cytotechnologist

Explore what a cytotechnologist does

Cytotechnologists are trained to go behind the scenes, working as detectives to investigate human cells under a microscope and look for abnormalities that may indicate infection, disease, cancer, or pre-cancer. Results are given to pathologists and other care team members to help determine a diagnosis or next step for a patient.

Accreditation information

The Cytotechnology Program (Minnesota) is an accredited program.


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.