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Why Start at IUPUC?
What are the advantages of beginning your studies in Columbus before transferring to IUPUI?
  • You can live at home, which means fewer student loans and saving money on rent or room and board for on-campus housing.
  • In addition, you can keep your current job while taking part-time or full-time classes at IUPUC and being close to family and friends. You’ll save time by not having to move or commute!
  • Depending on your major, you can generally complete one to two years at IUPUC before you need to transfer.
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The Bachelor of Science (BS) in Cytotechnology degree, part of the Indiana University School of Medicine undergraduate program,  will provide you with the knowledge and skill you need for a career in clinical pathology and research.

Cytotechnology is a medical laboratory specialty in which microscopic studies of exfoliated, abraded, and aspirated human cells are performed. Cytotechnologists study cell samples from various locations in the human body to detect cellular changes indicative of cancer. By providing a means of early detection, cytology makes possible the early diagnoses of cancer, thereby increasing the chances of cures.

Cytotechnology is also a prognostic tool that aids in establishing the diagnosis of benign disease processes like endocrine disorders and in detecting some pathogenic microorganisms.

The cytotechnology program emphasizes:
  • Comprehensive, fundamental knowledge of clinical cytology
  • Preparation for practice in hospitals, laboratories, and research operations in management, supervisory, and educational roles
  • Scholarly contributions to the growing body of knowledge in clinical cytology
  • Legal, ethical, and moral responsibilities of service
  • Preparation for management, supervisory, and educational responsibilities
  • Need for continuing education and professional development after graduation
After graduation, you will be eligible to complete certification exams given by the American Society for Clinical Pathology’s Board of Certification.

Getting started

Begin your studies toward this degree at IUPUC by completing prerequisite and general education courses. Then transfer to Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) campus and finish the program. Along the way, you will work closely with a University College (UCOL) academic advisor who will help you  determine what courses can be completed in Columbus and develop an appropriate timeline for transferring to Indianapolis.

You must be in good academic standing to transfer to another Indiana University campus. Admission to this program is competitive and completion of prerequisite courses does not guarantee acceptance.
  • For more information about beginning a cytotechnology degree at IUPUC, please contact University College.
  • If you are a current student at IUPUC, please contact your academic advisor.

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Phone: 812.348.7311

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