Cytotechnology is the microscopic study of cells that have been obtained from body tissues. Specifically, cytotechnologists learn to identify cellular abnormalities that may be the earliest signs of disease, including cancers. Cytotechnologists are often employed by hospitals and medical clinics. If you are a detail-oriented person, enjoy working with microscopes, and are interested in working in the health-care field, a career in cytotechnology may be for you.

Most students pursuing the cytotechnology emphasis will do the first three years of undergraduate schooling at UW-Platteville and will do the final year at an approved cytotechnology school. Students must complete all UW-Platteville general education requirements before transferring to a cytotechnology school. If a student does not enter into a cytotechnology program in their fourth year, then s/he should change to the biohealth/physiology emphasis or the biology major (non-emphasis).

Biology core courses (32 Credits)

Biology core courses

Recommend Cytotechnology Core (16 cr)

BIOL 2040 Cell Biology 4 cr
BIOL 3240 Microbiology 4 cr
BIOL 4340 Mammalian Histology 4 cr
BIOL 2140 Anatomy and Physiology I 4 cr
BIOL 2340 Essentials of Anatomy and Physiology 4 cr

Most UW-Platteville students apply to the Cytotechnology Program, Wisconsin State Hygience Lab (WSHL), Center for Health Sciences, at UW-Madison. Students must have completed a minimum of 82 credits at UW-Platteville before transferring to this program. Although there is no minimum cumulative GPA, favorable consideration will be given to applicants with an above-average academic record and recommendation.

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