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Cytotechnology (B.A.)

Students take a look at the anatomical structure of the face and neck.

Major: Cytotechnology

Degree awarded: Bachelor of Arts

Total credit hours: 32

Internship/Practicum opportunities: ASCP-approved programs. Visit the Career Development Center for internship information.

About the program

As a cytotechnologist, you’ll identify and interpret cells looking for cancer and other diseases. A student who graduates from Thiel College with a major in cytotechnology will understand basic biological and chemical principles that are necessary to understand clinical cytological applications.

Our liberal arts curriculum means that you’ll learn to think both critically and creatively!

Visit our Academic Catalog (2020-2021) for course listings.

Major Features

  1. Receive instruction in biochemistry, microbiology, applied mathematics, microscopy, and more.
  2. Effectively communicate in written form the biological and chemical principles that are necessary to understand clinical cytological applications.
  3. Apply to spend your fourth year off-campus in an American Society of Clinical Pathologists-approved hospital program for the real-life, clinical training you need to succeed in the field.
  4. Have the opportunity to join Beta Beta Beta, the Biology society and attend dozens of events each year.

Scholarship Opportunities

Thiel College offers scholarships to students for reasons such as academic success, community service or involvement, exemplary leadership and more! The scholarships available to cytotechnology majors are:

  • Marion G. Resch Science Scholarship at Thiel College
  • Dr. Florence West Tribute to Dr. Bly
  • Ruth and Sheridan Brown Allied Health Scholarship
  • The Dr. Judith A Crissman '64 Endowed Scholarship Fund
  • The Maenpa Family Biotechnology Endowed Scholarship Fund at Thiel College
  • Elizabeth McElhaney Scholarship
  • J. Scott Morrison Endowment for Science and Religion
  • Arthur E. Smith Scholarship Fund
  • TWC Amelia Earhart Scholarship
  • The Ethel Smith Vierheller Award Fund
  • Irene Wintersteen Memorial Science Scholarship

Visit our Financial Aid page to learn more about the types of aid available to students.

Clubs & Organizations

It's easy to get involved on campus! Joining a student club or organization is an excellent way to meet others and gain leadership experience. A cytotechnology major might be interested in the following clubs and orgs:

  • Environmental Club
  • Outdoor Recreation Club
  • Sigma Xi (Scientific Research Society)
  • Beta Beta Beta (National Biology Honorary)

Visit our Campus Life page to see a full list of student clubs and organizations.

Alumni & Careers

Whether you work alone or in close collaboration with a pathologist, you’ll play a crucial part in the discovery and detection of cancer cells and other abnormalities as a cytotechnologist. Your B.A. degree from Thiel College prepares you to apply for clinical training in an ASCP-approved hospital.

The median U.S. cytotechnologist annual salary range is between $58,926 and $84,056* and they can be found working in many areas including:

  • Hospitals
  • Private Laboratories
  • Academia
  • Research

*Job and salary information from