To be considered for the Cytotechnology Program, the potential student must have a minimum GPA of 2.5 on all coursework and have completed all academic prerequisites listed.
Applicants for Cytotechnology Preceptorships must meet the American Society of Cytology (ASC) minimum requirements. ASC requires that students in cytotechnology have completed 60 college semester hours which must include:
- 20 credit hours of biological sciences
- 8 credit hours of chemistry
- 3 credit hours of mathematics
Following successful completion of the 12-month preceptorship, the student may sit for the Cytotechnology Certification Examination; however, the Board of Registry (ASCP) will not release the scores until a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university is submitted.
Tuition and Scholarships
Tuition of $7000 is due in full at the beginning of the clinical year, payable to the hospital. Specific scholarships for cytotechnology students are not available through the hospital, but may be available through Marshall University. Students should contact the Financial Aid office on the university campus for additional information.
Required textbooks include:
- The Art and Science of Cytopathology - Exfoliative Cytology by Richard M. DeMay, MD
- The Art and Science of Cytopathology - Aspiration Cytology by Richard M. DeMay, MD
- The Bethesda System for Reporting Cervical Cytology, 2nd Edition
The estimated cost of books is $380.
Individuals who have already obtained a degree are not eligible for financial aid through Marshall University, so financial aid (loans, etc.) must be obtained elsewhere.
Students must provide documentation of health care coverage, a tuberculin skin test, and an eye exam (including a color blindness test) prior to the start of the clinical year. Students are also strongly encouraged to receive the Hepatitis B Vaccine. This is available through the hospital for $150.00, or may be obtained from their own physician.
Cabell Huntington Hospital will provide emergency health care for a student injury incurred while on duty during the clinical year. Marshall students are also covered by University Health Services. Students coming from other institutions are encouraged to have health insurance coverage.