Curriculum

The BSHS in Cytotechnology is a 126 credit hour degree program divided into three components: general education (49 credit hours), advanced standing and electives (27 credit hours), and distance education clinical laboratory sciences and health sciences courses (50 credit hours).

Electives (27 credits)

Previously earned college-level coursework will be evaluated for transfer as elective credit. Acceptable transfer coursework must be:

  • College-level
  • Academic in nature
  • Completed at a regionally accredited institution
  • Earned with a C or better (C- grades do not transfer)

*Students with the MLT Certificate will have these transfer credits applied to fulfill all of the Biology, Chemistry, and Elective requirements for the degree program.

General Education (49 credits)

  • Biology* (20 credits)
  • Chemistry* (8 credits)
  • College Algebra, Statistics, or higher (3 credits)
  • Humanities or Social Sciences (12 credits)
  • English Composition (6 credits)

Major Courses (50 credits)

Clinical Laboratory Coursework (44 credits)

  • MLS 4101 Introduction to Cytotechnology
  • MLS 4102 Gynecologic Cytology
  • MLS 4103 Abnormal Gynecologic Cytology
  • MLS 4104 Pulmonary Cytology
  • MLS 4105 Cytology of the Gastrointestinal Tract, Liver and Pancreas
  • MLS 4106 Urogenital System Cytology
  • MLS 4107 Body Cavity Fluid Cytology
  • MLS 4108 Fine Needle Aspiration
  • MLS 4109 Cytotechnology Clinical Practicum
  • MLS 4110 Independent Study in Cytotechnology

GW Coursework (6 credits)—Completed through GW distance education coursework.

  • HSCI 2102: Pathophysiology
  • MLS 4151: Molecular Diagnostics

Course Descriptions

MLS 4101 Introduction to Cytotechnology (5): Basic principles of anatomic pathology, cellular morphology, cell cycle, cytopreservation and specimen processing procedures.

MLS 4102 Gynecologic Cytology (3): Basic principles of cytopathology applied to the cellular samples from the female reproductive system. Morphogenesis of neoplasia.

MLS 4103 Abnormal Gynecologic Cytology (3): Histopathology, cytopathology, etiology, diagnosis, staging and treatments of benign and malignant disease processes of the female reproductive system.

MLS 4104 Pulmonary Cytology (2): Epithelial appearances and changes associated with normal, benign and malignant processes of the upper and lower respiratory tracts.

MLS 4105 Cytology of the Gastrointestinal Tract, Liver and Pancreas (2): Characteristics of each body site in relation to normal, benign and malignant cellular changes.

MLS 4106 Urogenital System Cytology (2): Structures and elements of the urogenital system in normal, benign and malignant conditions.

MLS 4107 Body Cavity Fluid Cytology (3): Examines the cytopathology of effusions, cerebrospinal fluids and other body fluids and the cytologic changes associated with benign and malignant processes.

MLS 4108 Fine Needle Aspiration (4): Basic principles of cytopathology applied to the cellular samples from fine needle aspirations of the head and neck region, breast, lymph nodes, soft tissues and bone.

MLS 4109 Cytotechnology Clinical Practicum (18): Clinical experience to apply the objectives learned and to develop the critical screening and interpretative skills to function as a cytotechnologist.

MLS 4110 Independent Study in Cytotechnology (2): Critical review and presentation of cytopathology published research, and completion of an independent research project related to cytology.

MLS 4151 Molecular Diagnostics (3): Principles and application of molecular-based tests that are used for diagnostic purposes. The physical and chemical principles underlying these diagnostics techniques.