Undergraduate Admission

This program requires 3 years of preparatory college course work and one year of cytotechnology course work. The program is also open to students who have bachelor’s degrees, if they have completed the science and math prerequisites. Applications for the 1-year cytotechnology program are available on the school's website. Applications for the fall semester should be submitted by February 1 of the year for which admission is requested. The application must be accompanied by a complete college transcript and 2 letters of recommendation. A personal applicant interview is required.

Admission Requirements

Applicants to this program must have completed the required college preparatory course work before entering the program in the fall. Minimum entry requirements are 3 years of college work (90 semester credit hours), an overall grade-point average of 2.5, and a grade-point average of 2.7 in prerequisite biology, chemistry, and mathematics before enrolling in the cytotechnology program. The student must have earned a minimum grade of C in each prerequisite course. Admission to the program is a competitive process.

International students, or those for whom English is a second language, may have additional requirements relative to language proficiency, residency, and citizenship status. International students should review current requirements.

Good physical and mental health is essential. Minor physical handicaps are not considered deterrents. Physical examinations and a color-blindness test are required before registration in the professional course work. Prospective students should review the program requirements, including prerequisite course work, and complete list of application requirements at the program's website.


English (6 hours)

ENGL 101 Composition 3
ENGL 102 Critical Reading and Writing 3

Mathematics (3 hours)

MATH 101 Algebra (or higher) 3

Biological Sciences (20 hours). Required courses:

BIOL 150 Principles of Molecular and Cellular Biology 4
BIOL 240 Fundamentals of Human Anatomy (3) or
BIOL 246 Principles of Human Physiology (3)
BIOL 350 Principles of Genetics 3

In addition to the required courses above, the student may choose 10 credit hours of biology course work. The following courses have been suggested by the program director as helpful to future study in cytotechnology but they are not required.

Chemistry (8 hours minimum, KU students 10 hours)

CHEM 130 General Chemistry I 5
CHEM 135 General Chemistry II 5

Western Civilization (6 hours)

HWC 204 Western Civilization I 3
HWC 205 Western Civilization II 3

Communication Studies (3 hours)

COMS 130 Speaker-Audience Communication (3) or
COMS 150 Personal Communication (3) or
COMS 230 Fundamentals of Debate (3) or
PHIL 148 Argument and Reason (3)

Humanities and Non-Western Culture (6 hours). View the list of principal courses. View the list of non-Western culture courses.

Social Sciences (6 hours). View the list of principal courses.

Optional Additional Courses

These courses are not required for the cytotechnology degree; however, they will be very useful as you enter the program. Art history, for example, is extremely helpful for developing visual skills required by successful cytotechnologists. Additional mathematics and statistics prearation is beneficial to students as well.

Contact Info

Cytotechnology Program

KU Medical Center
Mail Stop 4048, 3901 Rainbow Blvd.
Kansas City, KS 66160
Cytotechnology site
Marilee Means, Program Director
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