Cytotechnology Requirements

University of Tennessee Health Science Center

  • Cytopathologists and histotechnologists are highly skilled laboratory professionals who prepare and process tissue and cellular material for evaluation, as well as examine body tissue cells microscopically in order to identify abnormalities.

  • The University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC) offers a Master of Cytopathology Practice program and a certificate program in Histotechnology.

  • The University of Memphis and UTHSC have a 3+2 program that leads to a Master in Cytopathology Practice for students majoring in Biology or Chemistry (Biochemistry Concentration). Although the program at UTHSC admits applicants who have completed a minimum of 85 semester hours, students are strongly encouraged to complete a baccalaureate degree with a major in Biology and/or Chemistry first.

  • Students with a GPA less than a 3.0 will be required to take the GRE before being considered for admissions. Minimum overall GPA is 3.0 or 2.5 with a competitive score on the GRE.

  • It is the applicant's responsibility to research each school and review recommended coursework in addition to verifying the prerequisites listed below. Application dates and deadlines may vary.

  • Students are strongly encouraged to meet with the pre-professional advisor early in their academic career to discuss plans of study, student involvement, the application process to professional school, etc.
Courses  UofM course Number of hours required by UTHSC
General Biology BIOL 1110/1111
BIOL 1120/1121
General Chemistry CHEM 1110/1111
CHEM 1120/1121
Math MATH 1530 or higher 3
English Composition ENGL 1010 and ENGL 1020 6
English Literature or Communication ENGL 2201, 2202 or COMM 2381 3
Social Science Electives Recommended courses include History,
Sociology, Psychology,
Anthropology, and Philosophy
Upper-Division Biology See options below for recommendations;
any UD BIOL will suffice
15 minimum
Microbiology BIOL 3500/3505 Recommended
Immunology BIOL 4445 Recommended
Histology BIOL 4380 Recommended
Cell Biology BIOL 3130 Recommended
Genetics BIOL 3072/3073 Recommended
Comparative Anatomy BIOL 3620 Recommended
Vertebrate Physiology BIOL 3730 Recommended
Electives See Advisor for options 30 (85 hours needed total)