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.

Tuition and financial aid

Tuition and fees

Tuition and fees

Tuition — 32 credits at $521/credit $16,672
Books $445
Technology fee $450
Total estimated cost of attendance* $17,567

*Program tuition rates, fees, and related expenses are subject to change. These estimated expenses represent a good faith effort to disclose true costs of attendance.

Living expenses

Living expenses such as transportation, housing, and meals are not paid to the school. However, these expenses are considered for purposes of processing financial aid where applicable.

Withdrawal and tuition refund

See the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science withdrawal and tuition refund policy.

Financial aid

Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences offers financial incentives for students to participate in many of its health sciences training programs. Scholarships, grants and low-interest loans may be available for those who demonstrate financial need.

The can provide more details about financial aid or incentives offered for the Cytotechnology Program.


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

How to apply

How to apply

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Campus and community

Rochester, MN

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.


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.

Gainful employment disclosure report

The Department of Education requires disclosure of student debt and employment information to assist students in making informed decisions prior to enrolling in this education program.

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