About the Profession

What is a Cytotechnologist?

A Cytotechnologist studies specially stained slides of human cells under the microscope. Sound boring? Not at all.

Cytology is defined as the study of cells. Cytotechnologists perform microscopic evaluation of patient samples for the purposes of diagnosing cancer, precancerous lesions, benign tumors, infectious agents, and inflammatory processes.

Consider yourself a disease detective who studies the secret lives of cells. Your mission would be to identify minute abnormalities in cell structure. By detecting subtle changes and clues in the cells themselves, you would have the potential to help save lives by discovering certain diseases early, which is when treatment is most effective. So find out how you can be a part of this challenging, rewarding career!