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Cytotechnology Major

This major prepares students with the basic science background needed to meet admission requirements of clinical programs approved by the ASC or NAACLS. Cytology is the study of the structure and function of cells. Cytotechnologists prepare cellular samples for study under the microscope and assist in the diagnosis of disease by the examination of these samples. Cytotechnologists are trained clinical laboratory science professionals who work with pathologists to detect microscopic changes in body cells that may be important in the early diagnosis of cancer.

The first three years of the curriculum are at the university while the fourth year is completed through an accredited cytotechnology practicum. The university is affiliated with hospitals in Wisconsin and Michigan; however, students may apply to any accredited school in the United States. If students meet the hospital’s standards and are accepted, they register for the cytotechnology practicum courses at NMU and pursue a 12-month program under the direction of the hospital.

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Total Credits Required for Degree 126

Liberal Studies 30-40
Health Promotion Requirements 2

Required Courses in Major 44

Other Required Courses 53
Biology Electives 2-5
Choose from the following: 
Electives 8-11
Choose from the following: 
Any mathematics course 100 level or above excluding MA 171 
Any physics course 200 level or above 
    IS electives [V] (1-4 cr.) 
Any CLS course (4 cr.) 
* MA 171 has a prerequisite of MA 103 or MA 104 or MA 105 or equivalent.