Cytogenetics technologists study the relationship of abnormalities in human chromosomes to birth defects, physical and mental abnormalities, infertility and spontaneous abortions, and diseases like cancer. They prepare slides of cell samples for examination, and must be able to recognize abnormalities in the color, size, shape, make-up, and patterns of the cells.
Cytogenetics technologists have a wide choice of practice settings. Hospitals, for-profit laboratories, clinics, public health facilities, and industry currently have positions open for qualified Cytogenetics technologists.
Employment of medical laboratory technologists and technicians is projected to grow 22 percent from 2012 to 2022, much faster than the average for all occupations. An increase in the aging population will lead to a greater need to diagnose medical conditions, such as cancer or type 2 diabetes, through laboratory procedures.
Cytogenetics technologists must complete four years of formal education leading to a Bachelor of Science, followed by a clinical cytotechnology program, which normally lasts from one to two years.
Licensure is not required in the state of Connecticut. Prerequisite: The Board of Registry of the American Society of Clinical Pathologists gives a national certification exam. Students take this exam after meeting their academic and laboratory education requirements. Those who pass the exam for cytotechnology may use the initials CT (ASCP) after their name to show they are proficient in their field.
American Society for Cytotechnology
1500 Sunday Drive, Suite 102
Raleigh, NC 27607
American Society of Cytopathology
100 West 10th Street, Suite 605
Wilmington, DE 19801
Association of Genetic Technologists
PO Box 19193
Lenexa, KS 66285