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cytotechnology program

Grand Forks, ND

Application Instructions

Ways to apply:

  1. Apply ONLINE by completing the online application.
  2. PRINT a paper COPY of the application and submit it by MAIL.

*In either case you must still complete the additional instructions listed below.

Online Application: Click here to go to the online application form. NOTE: you still must complete the additional requirements for application listed below.
Mail in Application:
Click here to access a printable version of the application form. You must have Adobe Acrobat reader to open the document. Click here to get Adobe Acrobat reader.
 
Additional Instructions for Completing This Application:
1.
TRANSCRIPTS: Have official copies of all of your college transcripts sent directly to the UND Program in Cytotechnology, attention Program Director. Acceptance is
2.
REFERENCES: In order to consider you for an interview, the program must receive at least three REFERENCE QUESTIONAIRES sent directly from your references to this program. Two of these questionnaires should be either academic or work experience related (Preferably from a health-related field). No relatives or friends accepted.
3.
HEALTH: For the protection of patients, students, and employees - and in compliance with North Dakota and Minnesota state regulations - the University of North Dakota Cytology Program requires that students provide documentation for:
. Tuberculin test or chest X-ray within the last six (6) months
. Varicella immunity (statement of having had chickenpox or of having received the vaccine)
. Measles, Mumps and Rubella immunity. Students are required to be vaccinated for MMR and to have 2 booster injections.
. Verification of most recent Tetanus vaccination
. Verification of receipt of three (3) doses of Hepatitis B vaccine or a signed waiver that the student is aware of the risk of exposure to Hepatitis within an acute health care setting and has chosen not to be immunized at this time. Hepatitis B Vaccine Waiver & Student Health Verification Form
4.
EYESIGHT: The Program requires a statement from an eye care professional confirming that an eye examination, including a color vision test, was done. The practice of cytotechnology requires visualization of very small cell details through the microscope; at least average vision (correctable to 20/20) in at least one eye is recommended as a minimum standard by which applicants should judge themselves before deciding to apply for this course. Color blindness, if present, is an acceptable disability in the practice of cytology, but the Program instructors should understand its presence and degree so that instruction is not inadvertently biased.

Records of Health and Eye exams are required prior to entrance into the program. YOU WILL BE NOT BE ALLOWED INTO THE CLASS UNLESS YOU HAVE SENT THESE RECORDS TO THE CYTOTECHNOLOGY PROGRAM OR HAVE THEM IN HAND ON THE FIRST DAY OF CLASS.

5.
OTHER ESSENTIAL PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS and CYTOTECHNOLOGY:  The critical, basic microscopic task of the cytotechnologist that of detecting and identifying abnormal cells is normally accomplished sitting at a desk, and operating a light microscope. Essential physical requirements for microscope work, in addition to average eyesight, are (1) the ability to read and understand text, (2) the ability to hold the head steady while viewing through the microscope, simultaneous with the abilities to (3) turn the fine focus knob and (4) the knobs to move the microscope stage through two axes. (Microscopes can be purchased with a servomotor assisted stage control mechanism.) Diagnoses are communicated through writing, or through use of a keyboard. A special desk could be constructed, or purchased, to allow the wheelchair-confined person to access a microscope. [The Cytotechnology Program does not currently have a wheelchair adaptable microscope desk, nor does it have a microscope with servo-assisted controls.] Such additions to existing furnishings and equipment must be brought about by anticipated need and appropriate communication. Hearing is not considered an essential requirement.
6.
BACKGROUND CHECK: The University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences requires students entering professional programs to complete a criminal background check. This is done in early August after being accepted to the program because the report is only good for one year and because of the cost involved. You may access Verified Credentials to complete this step. Your official acceptance in the program is contingent on a favorable report from this background check. Directions. Contact us with any questions regarding this stipulation.

CRITERIA FOR PROGRAM ACCEPTANCE:   
Four major areas will be reviewed:
  1. GPA
  2. References
  3. Rationale statement
  4. Personal interview
If you are mailing your application, mail to:

Cytotechnology Program Director
UND School of Medicine and Health Sciences
501 North Columbia Road

Stop 9037, Room 5909
Grand Forks, ND 58202-9037

Contact information:

Kathy Bray-Hoffman
Telephone: (701) 777-4466
Email: kathy.hoffman@med.und.edu

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Cytotechnology Program
UND School of Medicine & Health Sciences, Room 5909
501 North Columbia Road, Stop 9037
Grand Forks, ND 58202-9037
Tel: 701-777-4467
Toll Free: 1-800-CALL-UND-4467

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