Cytology is an allied health specialty that combines a career in science with a significant role in health care. Working with a microscope, cytologists work with a pathologist to study specimens from all body sites. Using subtle clues in the cells themselves, cytologist scan diagnose cancer, precancerous lesions, benign tumors, infectious agents and inflammatory processes. cytologists help save lives by discovering certain diseases early when treatment is most effective.

Cytologists are employed in hospital and private laboratories, university medical centers and government facilities. With experience, positions are available at the supervisory, educational and administrative levels. The job responsibilities of cytologists are expanding and research opportunities are increasing with the advancement of new tumor identification techniques.


Plan Your Path to Cytology Program

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  1. Meet with a Pre-Health advisor to create a comprehensive 4-year academic and co-curricular plan
  2. Research application requirements
    • See school websites for any specific application requirements which may vary by program
    • Meet with a representative of the program for specific questions and guidance
  3. Apply to cytology programs
    • The application process for cytology programs varies by school. Please consult programs directly regarding applications and requirements. A list of schools can be found at the American Society of Cytopathology website.

Suggested Academic Preparation

  • Bachelor’s degree – not required by all programs and any UNL major is a great option
  • Completion of pre-requisite courses
  • Competitive academic record
    • GPA in both science and non-science courses

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