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.
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.
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 Specific Grade Point Average of at least 2.50 in science courses.
Present evidence of completion of the following courses (42 credits) or their equivalents:
|Mathematics||6 Semester Credit - Hours|
|College Physics||8 Semester Credit - Hours|
|Chemistry||8 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.
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.
Total Semester Credit-Hours: 38
|Course ID||Course Name||Credits|
|CITO 6505||Introduction to Cytotechnology||1|
|CITO 6507||General Concepts in Basic Sciences||2|
|CITO 6509||Female Genital System||12|
|CITO 6515||Respiratory and Gastrointestinal System||6|
|CITO 6516||Urinary System and Body Fluids||2|
|CITO 6517||Mammary Glands and Miscellaneous||2|
|CITO 6518||Clinical Practicum||13|
(Please click here to download the Informative Sheet of the Program)
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.
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
Alma Camacho, SCT(ASCP), MBA, Ed.D.
787-758-2525 ext. 4405, 1162
María Marcos, MD, FCAP, FASCP
787-777-3535 ext. 6810
Associate Director and Clinical Supervisor
Yadiris López, CT (ASCP), MSc, DrPH
787-758-2525 ext. 3572
Roberto Dávila, Ed. D.
787-758-2525 ext. 1672
Office 608, Sixth Floor
School of Health Professions Building
Medical Sciences Campus, Medical Center
Monacillo Area Rio Piedras, PR
Director – 787-758-2525, ext. 1162
Secretary – 787-758-2525, ext. 3573
Fax – 787-756-3148
Cytotechnology Program, Graduated Department
Medical Sciences Campus
University of Puerto Rico
PO Box 365067
San Juan PR, 00936-5067