University of Nebraska Medical Center

Goals & Outcomes

Goals for the Diagnostic Cytology Program

The overall goal of the diagnostic cytology program at the University of Nebraska Medical Center is: “To prepare competent entry-level cytologists in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills) and affective (behavior) learning domains.”

Cognitive (knowledge) is addressed through the following:
  • Lectures
  • Reading assignments
  • Multi-headed microscope sessions
  • Individual microscope sessions
  • Class room assignments (case studies, vocabulary lists, etc.)
  • Written Exams
  • Image Exams
  • Screening Exams
  • Evaluations given by faculty
Psychomotor (skill) is addressed through the following:
  • Microscopic techniques
  • Screening techniques
  • Preparatory techniques
  • Practical exams
  • Slide screening exams
  • Attending patient procedures – (making preps at bedside)
  • Evaluations by faculty
Affective (behavior) is addressed through the following:
  • Students given policies for program
  • Ethics lecture
  • Professionalism lecture (guest speaker for UNMC)
  • Interaction with other health care professionals
  • Evaluation by clinical staff during practicum
  • Evaluations by faculty during didactic portion

Class of 2022 Achievements

  • American Society for Cytotechnology (ASCT)’s Warren R. Lang Award – 1 student
  • American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP)’s Foundation Laboratory Student Scholarship – 1 student
  • American Society of Cytopathology (ASC) and College of American Pathologists Foundation (CAP)’s Geraldine Colby Zeiler Award– 1 student
  • American Society for Cytotechnology (ASCT)’s Bob Gay Scholarship – 1 student

ASCP Board of Certification Exam scores


Pass Rate (UNMC)

Mean scaled scores

1st time Pass Rate
Within 1 year of Graduation
2022 85.71% 92.85% 551 541
2021 100% N/A 677 535
2020 100% N/A 626 536