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From Part 52, Registration of Curricula


Effective, August 21, 2008

ยง52.39 Cytotechnology.

In addition to meeting all applicable provisions of this Part, to be registered as a program recognized as leading to licensure as a cytotechnologist, which meets the requirements of section 79-14.1 of this Title, the program shall:

  1. be a program in cytotechnology leading to a baccalaureate or higher degree or advanced certificate which contains didactic and clinical education that integrates pre-analytical, analytical, and post-analytical components of laboratory services, including the principles and practices of quality assurance/ quality improvement; and which is designed to prepare graduates to practice cytotechnology using independent judgment and responsibility;
  2. include coursework, which shall include a laboratory component in each area, in each of the following subject areas or their equivalent as determined by the department:
    1. inorganic chemistry;
    2. anatomy and physiology;
    3. cell biology;
    4. cytopathology, including but not limited to, female genital tract, respiratory tract, gastro-intestinal and genitourinary tracts, body fluids, evaluation of specimens from washes and brushes of all body sites, and evaluation of specimens from fine needle aspiration biopsies of all body sites;
    5. cytopreparatory techniques, including but not limited to, preparation, staining and processing of body samples; and
    6. microscopic evaluation and interpretation of cytopathology of the sample types and body systems identified in paragraph (4) of this subdivision;
  3. include curricular content in each of the following subject areas or their equivalent as determined by the department:
    1. organic chemistry;
    2. mathematics and statistics;
    3. infection control and universal precautions (standard precautions);
    4. human genetics;
    5. immunology;
    6. clinical microbiology;
    7. the maintenance of equipment and records; and
    8. ethics; and
  4. include a supervised clinical experience of at least 30 hours per week for at least 10 weeks or its equivalent as determined by the department, in the practice of cytotechnology.
Last Updated: April 13, 2021