Students in this concentration will earn a bachelor of science degree and HTL or CT certification. Graduates work closely with pathologists in anatomic pathology departments of hospitals or clinics.
Cytotechnologists (not to be confused with cytogeneticists) prepare cellular samples (such as those from PAP smears and biopsies) for study under the microscope and assist in the diagnosis of disease by the examination of these samples. Histotechnologists prepare body tissue for examination by a pathologist to diagnose body dysfunction and malignancy and identify tissue structures, cell component and staining characteristics, relate these to physiologic functions, implement and evaluate new techniques and procedures, make quality control judgments and apply principles of management and education methodology when appropriate.
The first three years of the curriculum are at the university; the fourth year is completed through an accredited cytotechnology or histotechnology practicum off campus. 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 or histotechnology practicum courses at NMU and pursue a twelve-month full time program under the direction of the hospital.
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*See Clinical Laboratory Science Major for a complete list of required courses.
**Prerequisites are CH 111 and CH 112.