Curriculum

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Cytotechnology & Histotechnology, combined program in the Department of Clinical Laboratory Sciences within the College of Health Professions, leads to a Master's degree. It was established at the UT Health Science Center at Memphis in 1951. The cytotechnology portion is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP). The histotechnology portion will be accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS).


Although the program is two calendar years in length, the curriculum is extremely intense and fast paced. Cytotechnology & Histotechnology students are in classes and laboratory sessions from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm, Monday through Friday. Clinical experience and didactic instruction are provided throughout the length of the program, with the greatest emphasis on microscopic interpretation of cellular specimens and interpretation of ancillary diagnostic techniques. Students are assigned to three off campus clinical experiences in the fall and spring semesters of their second year. Students are responsible for the costs associated with this clinical education, such as travel and living expenses.

First Semester (Fall: Sept-Dec)

Course Number
Course
Lecture-Lab Contact
Hours/Semester
Hours
401 MCP
Histology
15-45
2
413 MCP
Introduction to Pathology (MT413)
20-0
1
418 MCP
Into to Clin Lab Science (MT418)
20-10
1
440 MCP
Microscopic Evaluation I
0-180
4
451 MCP
Gynecologic Cytopathology
60-0
4
470 MCP
Lab Techniques I
15-45
2
   
TOTAL      
14

Second Semester (Winter-Spring: Jan-May)

Course Number
Course
Lecture-Lab Contact
Hours/Semester
Hours
427 MCP
Cell Biology (MT427)
25-0
2
420 MCP
Histotechnology Theory I
45-0
3
435 MCP
Histotechonology Practice I
0-135
3
471 MCP
Laboratory Techniques II
15-45
2
461 MCP
Diagnostic Cytopathology
60-0
4
481 MCP
Microscopic Evaluation II
0-180
4
494 MCP
Principles of Research
15-45
2
   
TOTAL      
20

Third Semester (Fall: July-Dec)

Course Number
Course
Lecture-Lab Contact
Hours/Semester
Hours
520 MCP
Adv Tech Mol Biol (MT520)
20-0
2
551 MCP
Statistics
15-0
1
552 MCP
Histotechnology Theory II
45-0
3
565 MCP
Histotechnology Practice II
0-135
3
560 MCP
Microscopic Evaluation III
0-135
3
575 MCP
Advanced Diagnostic Cytopathology
45-0
3
590 MCP
Histotechnology Practicum*
6 weeks
6
592 MCP
Research Seminar I
0-45
1
   
TOTAL      
22

Fourth Semester (Spring: Jan-May)

Course Number
Course
Lecture-Lab Contact
Hours/Semester
Hours
515 MCP
Basic Ed & Management (MT515)
25-0
2
581 MCP
Microscopic Evaluation IV
0-180
4
583 MCP
Ethics & Professional issues
15-0
1
593 MCP
Research Seminar II
0-45
1
597 MCP
Cytology Practicum*
8 weeks
8
   
TOTAL      
16

Total Hours for Curriculum 72

*Students are assigned to three off-campus clinical experiences (4 weeks each) during the fall and spring semester of the second year.

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Program in Cytotechnology/ Histotechnology

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