General Information

The cytotechnologist is the professional qualified to analyze cellular samples under the microscope in order to detect neoplastic cells before the patient shows obvious symptoms of malignant growth. In this way, the cytotechnologist contributes to the early detection of disease.

Cytotechnology The Cytotechnology Program offered by the University of Puerto Rico Medical Sciences Campus is a 12-month program requiring a total of thirty-eight (38) credit hours. Theoretical aspects are emphasized throughout clinical experiences and supervised practice during all year.

The program is designed to prepare health professional with specific competencies in cytotechnology. The student is provided with adequate experiences for the development of abilities and skills in management of a cytotechnology laboratory and in handling the necessary instruments and equipment.

Admission Requirements

Applicants to program must have completed a bachelor of science or bachelor of arts degree from an accredited college or university. Students who wish to be considered for admission must also meet the following requirements:

  • Have a general grade point average of at least 2.50.
  • Have a grade point average of at least 2.50 in science courses.

Present evidence of completion of the following courses or their equivalents:

Required Courses

CoursesCredits
Mathematics6 Semester Credit - Hours
College Physics8 Semester Credit - Hours
Chemistry8 Semester Credit - Hours
Biology*20 Semester Credit - Hours

  • Interview with faculty members.
  • Fluency in Spanish and knowledge and comprehension of English

*It is a highly recommended that applicants complete the following courses: Histology, Human Anatomy, Bacteriology, Physiology, Genetics, Parasitology and Microbiology.

Graduation Requirements

In order to be recommended for graduation, students must:

  • Obtain a minimum grade point average of 2.00 or higher in didactic courses and 3.00 or higher in the supervised practice.
  • Satisfactorily complete the six (6) didactic courses and the supervised practice.
  • Submit a research project related to the cytotechnology profession.
  • Evaluate and interpret a minimum of sixty (60) cytological samples daily with ninety-five percent (95%) accuracy during the final practicum.
  • To approve a comprehensive test offered by the program with a minimum of 80%.
  • To present evidence of the Board of Registry exam payment before July 31.

Curriculum

Total Semester Credit-Hours: 38

Professional Courses

Course IDCourse NameCredits
CITO 6505Introduction to Cytotechnology1
CITO 6507General Concepts in Basic Sciences2
CITO 6509Female Genital System12
CITO 6515Respiratory and Gastrointestinal System6
CITO 6516Urinary System and Body Fluids2
CITO 6517Mammary Glands and Miscellaneous2
CITO 6518Clinical Practicum13

Course Descriptions

(Please click here to access the Medical Sciences Campus Catalog and look for the Course Descriptions for this Program)

Informative Sheet

(Please click here to download the Informative Sheet of the Program)

Program Outcomes

201520142013Three Years Average
Total Students admitted5/5 100%5/5 100%5/5 100%100%
Attrition Rate0 0%0 0%0 0%0%
Retention Rate5/5 100%5/5 100%5/5 100%100%
Job Placement Rate5/5 100%5/5 100%5/5 100%100%
Passing BOC Rate3/3 100%4/4 100%3/3 100%100%

Registration

In order to practice the profession in Puerto Rico, it is necessary to obtain the Certification offered by the American Society of Clinical Pathologist by the Board of Registry.

Accreditation

The Cytothecnology Program is currently accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs.

25400 US Highway 19 N, Suite 158
Clearwater, FL 33763
Phone 302-429-8802

Program Director
Alma Camacho, SCT(ASCP), MBA, Ed.D.
alma.camacho@upr.edu
787-758-2525 ext. 4405, 1162

Medical Director
María Marcos, MD, FCAP, FASCP
maria.marcos@upr.edu
787-777-3535 ext. 6810

Associate Director and Educational Coordinator
Yadiris López, CT (ASCP), MSc, DrPH(c)
yadiris.lopez1@upr.edu
787-758-2525 ext. 3572

Faculty Members
Roberto Dávila, Ed. D.
roberto.davila@upr.edu
787-758-2525 ext. 1672

Physical Address

Office 608, Sixth Floor
School of Health Professions Building
Medical Sciences Campus, Medical Center
Monacillo Area Rio Piedras, PR

Telephones

Director – 787-758-2525, ext. 1162
Secretary – 787-758-2525, ext. 3572
Fax – 787-756-3148

Mailing Address

Cytotechnology Program, Graduated Department
Medical Sciences Campus
University of Puerto Rico
PO Box 365067
San Juan PR, 00936-5067