Cytotechnology Program

Admission Requirements

3+1 Bachelor’s Program

Prospective students may be accepted into the Program after completing three years of undergraduate coursework with an affiliated college or university. This coursework must include a minimum of:

  • 20 semester hours (30 quarter hours) of biological sciences
  • 8 semester hours (12 quarter hours) in chemistry
  • 3 semester hours of math (4 quarter hours)

Favorable consideration will be given to applicants with an above average academic record and recommendation.

Students in the 3+1 program enroll at UW-Madison as Special students. Tuition requirements may differ depending on the academic affiliation. Contact the financial aid office at your institution before contacting the Program Director. Scholarships may be available to offset tuition fees and will vary by academic affiliation agreements.

4+1 Certificate Program

Students who have completed a baccalaureate degree may be accepted into the Cytotechnology Program. Post-baccalaureate students must have completed a minimum of

  • 20 semester hours (30 quarter hours) of biological sciences
  • 8 semester hours (12 quarter hours) in chemistry
  • 3 semester hours of math (4 quarter hours); and have a
  • Minimum grade point (GPA) of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale

Baccalaureate-degreed students will be enrolled as Special students at UW-Madison to receive a Certificate in Cytotechnology at the end of the program.

Health and Insurance Requirements

  • Students of the Cytotechnology Program must fulfill certain health/insurance requirements prior to the beginning of the school year. Failure to do so will result in a withdrawal from the program.
  • Students that do not have their own health coverage are required to obtain University Health Services insurance.
  • All students must show proof of a current TB skin test prior to the beginning of the clinical rotation program.
  • All students must show proof of up-to-date immunization records before beginning any clinical rotation. Students must have obtained the minimum of two Hepatitis B shots before clinical rotations can begin. If for any reason a student wishes to opt out of the Hepatitis B and immunization shots, a waiver form must be signed absolving the Cytotechnology Program and any of its affiliates from any responsibility relating to contracting Hepatitis B.
  • A current eye examination along with a color vision test must be submitted prior to entry.