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MOS: Cytotechnology Specialty
Program Length: 2000 hours
Iterations per year: 1

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School Code 083

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Program Description:
The Cytotechnologist program is a Bachelors of Science degree granting program that provides education and training in the art and science of cytopathology. This program will prepare graduates to function as cytotechnologists.

Graduates will demonstrate the technical skills and knowledge necessary to evaluate a variety of cellular elements and make final diagnosis on negative GYN specimens and initial diagnoses on all other specimens. The instructional design of this program’s courses is group-lock step.

The Cytotechnologist program has a two phase, field of study schedule. Resident training is first conducted at the METC and then the student transitions to clinical training that is conducted at military and/or civilian medical treatment facilities (MTF).

Upon initial entry to METC, students are provided formal education and training that develops them into entry-level cytotechnologists within MTFs.
Training involves ongoing opportunities for the evaluation of cellular elements derived from a variety of sources to include: cervicovaginal, respiratory, oral and gastrointestinal tract, breast, urogenital tract, body cavities, cerebrospinal fluid, soft tissue and bone, as well as fine needle aspiration of the lymph nodes, thyroid gland and salivary gland. Cytotechnology

Students will learn to recognize normal, inflammatory, benign, and malignant conditions by analyzing cellular changes and to make initial judgments regarding etiology and severity of change. In addition, students learn entry level histologic skills on how to gross, fix, process, embed, cut, and stain tissue, as well as special stains, immunohistochemistry, and molecular pathology. Progress through the program is dependent upon the understanding of concepts developed through the use of lectures, visual images, microscopic slides, and human and animal tissue samples.

Methods of instruction include, but are not limited to: lecture, demonstration, online materials, simulations, laboratory practice, and practical exercises. Quality control and safety techniques are emphasized throughout the program.

Clinical training provides students with clinical knowledge and hands-on experiential training which consists of clinical practicum in a MTF.

The program prepares the student to exercise judgment and accept responsibility in performing cytotechnology procedures. Students will be provided patient microscopic slides for screening and specimens for cytoprocessing. They will learn to screen and diagnose GYN, NON GYN and Fine Needle Aspirations (FNA) case slides regularly in order to develop competency in their diagnostic and locator skills. Additionally, students will rotate through the histology section for training in specimen accessioning, specimen processing, embedding, general microtomy, and histopathology training, utilizing the Department of Anatomic Pathology, and all areas of practice of the Department of Anatomic Pathology.

Proficiency advancement in clinical applications is determined by the program director and clinical advisor/coordinator on a case-by-case basis.

Accreditation Information:
Accreditation Information: The Cytotechnologist program complies with requirements and recommendations of the American Society of Clinical Pathology ( and the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (, qualifying graduates to receive baccalaureate degrees from regionally accredited colleges and universities.

The Cytotechnology program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs ( upon the recommendation of the American Society of Cytopathology.

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
25400 U.S. Highway 19 North
Suite 158
Clearwater, FL 33763
(727) 210-2350

American Society of Clinical Pathology
33 West Monroe St, Suite 1600
Chicago, IL 60603
(312) 541-4999

Cytotechnology Programs Review Committee
100 West 10th Street, Suite 605
Wilmington, DE 19801
(302) 543-6583

Credentialing Information:
Cytotechnology students are credentialed upon graduation by the American Society for Clinical pathology (ASCP). To be eligible for the credential examination, an applicant must satisfy the requirements of having a Baccalaureate degree or higher from a regionally accredited college/university, AND successful completion of a CAAHEP accredited Cytotechnology program within the last 5 years.

Year Graduation
Time Pass Rate
2010 88.9% 100% 100%
2011 88.9% 100% 88.9%
2012 89.9% 100% 100%
2013 100% 100% 100%
2014 100% 100% 100%
2015 100% 100% 100%

Army Requirements
  • 1. The course is open to MOS 68K soldiers, SPC and SGTs, in the active component with at least two years in the MOS.

  • 2. All students must possess at least an Associates Degree or must have completed at least 60 hrs of coursework from an accredited college/university including a minimum of the following semester hours; 20 of biological sciences, 8 of chemistry, 12 of social science, 6 of humanities, 3 of college algebra and 6 of English Composition. This coursework must be on an accredited college/university transcript. An American Council on Education (ACE) recommendation/transcript and Academy of Health Science transcript will not meet the college work requirement.

  • 3. For the Army, height and weight standards are IAW AR 600-9 and the minimum physical profile (PUHLES) is 323222.

  • 4. All soldiers must have normal color vision.

  • 5. Minimum Service Remaining Requirement (SRR) upon completing the course for Active Army students is 29 months IAW AR 614-200, Ch 4, Table 4-1, and for DoD civilians is IAW the Govt Employee Training Act of 1958. Prior to departure from home station, soldiers are required to reenlist or extend their term of enlistment in order to fulfill the SRR upon completion of the course. Those who report to the METC, not meeting the SRR, will NOT be enrolled until the SRR is met.

  • 6. The ASI M2 will be awarded upon successful completion of the course and meeting all Board of Registry requirements for the American Society of Clinical Pathologists (Cytotechnologists).

The GWU Degree
Cellular changes consistent with herpes simplex virus. The 'ground-glass' appearance of the nuclei is due to the accumulation of viral particles leading to peripheral margination of the chromatin. In this specimen there are also fungal organisms morphologically consistent with 'Candida spp'.
In 2003, an educational affiliation with The George Washington University was established to confer a baccalaureate degree in Health Sciences with a major in Cytotechnology to students who successfully complete the Cytotechnologist Program. All students must meet all Army academic requirements for the Cytotechnologist Program in order to be admitted into the GWU baccalaureate program.

The George Washington University provides educational services to include enrollment services and academic record maintenance. and confers a Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences with a major in Cytotechnology to all students successfully completing the Interservice Cytotechnology Program and two (2) distant learning courses (CLS 4151 Molecular Diagnostics and Hsci 2112 Writing for the Health Sciences).

An official transcript for 126 hours and an actual degree is mailed to the Registrar, AMEDDC&S, Fort Sam Houston, Texas or unless mutually agreed by all parties to send the actual degrees and transcripts directly to the individual students.

The Bachelor of Science Degree in Health Sciences with a major in Cytotechnology and all semester hours is based on a combination of the prerequisites, and curriculum taught by the assigned military and Department of the Army Civilian personnel in the named courses at the METC Cytotechnology program, Joint Base San Antonio, Fort Sam Houston, Texas.



METC Cytotechnology Program
Building 1356: MIF-3, Room: 3-308
3480 Garden Ave
Fort Sam Houston, TX 78234-6137


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