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cytotechnology program

Grand Forks, ND

Program Acceditation

Nationally Accredited CT Program

The Department of Pathology has offered training in cytotechnology since 1967. Diagnostic cytology laboratory work has been documented at UND since 1952. Degrees have been granted since 1975. The most recent accreditation was in 2009 for 7 years.

The Cytotechnology Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) and currently exists as the only cytotechnology program in North Dakota, South Dakota, Wyoming and Montana. The nearest accredited program east is at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN, training 8 students per year. South, the nearest program is in Omaha, NE, where up to six students are trained. West, Salt Lake, UT is the nearest, with a capacity of four. Nationally, there are about 33 training programs with an average of six students each.

This program is located within the UND School of Medicine and Health Sciences, which offers undergraduate programs in clinical laboratory science, occupational therapy, and athletic training. Graduate programs offered are clinical laboratory science, physical therapy, occupational therapy, anatomy, cell biology, biochemistry, molecular biology, microbiology, physiology, immunology, and pharmacology.

Intense process which includes application, self-study, on-site evaluation, committee review and recommendation, and finally an action by the CAAHEP Board of Directors.
  • Programs must follow the Standards and Guidelines set up by CAAHEP for Cytotechnology Programs.
  • Graduation from a CAAHEP accredited program is considered gold standard in this field.
Cytotechnology is an allied health speciality that involves the evaluation of cellular material from many body sites. Paramount to the work of the cytotechnologist is the microscopic recognition of normal and abnormal cells indicating malignant neoplasms, precancerous lesions, infectious agents and inflammatory processes. Three broad areas of study in this field are gynecologic, non-gynocologic and fine needle aspiration. The cytotechnologist must also possess technical skills for a wide variety of specimen preparations along and an understanding of laboratory operations. (CAAHEP)

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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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