Admission Requirements

We regret to inform you that the UW Cytotechnology Program will be discontinued after the 2023-2024 academic year and will not be accepting students for the upcoming 2024-2025 academic year. Please contact us at with any questions.

Post-Baccalaureate Certificate Program

Recommended preparation for students who will have received their Bachelor’s degree prior to the start of the program:

  • 20 credits of science (biology and chemistry courses preferred)
  • 3 credits of mathematics or statistics
  • A minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in science coursework

A minimum overall GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale is required.

There is currently no option for advanced placement, or counting outside coursework toward program 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:

  • 28 credits of biological science and chemistry
  • 3 credits of mathematics or statistics

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.

Health and Insurance Requirements

  • Cytotechnology students must fulfill health, immunization, and health insurance requirements prior to the beginning of the program. Detailed requirements will be issued by the program following acceptance. Failure to meet these requirements may result in dismissal from the program.
  • Students must complete the Hepatitis B vaccination series.
  • Students who do not have their own health insurance coverage are required to obtain University Health Services insurance (for a fee).
  • Immunizations and antibody titers for completion of any missing immunization documentation are available from University Health Services (for a fee).
  • Documentation of an eye examination within the last year must be submitted at the start of the program.
  • Clinical rotation sites may have additional health and documentation requirements.