Cytotechnology & Histotechnology - Master of Cytopathology Practice (MCP)

Welcome to the Cytotechnology
MCP students in the cytotechnology portion of the curriculum learn how to identify morphologic abnormalities in cells that may indicate cancer or pre-cancerous changes by analyzing specimens with an instructor at a 10-headed microscope

The mission of the UTHSC Program in Cytotechnology & histotechnology is to produce highly skilled, entry level cytotechnologists and histotechnologists able to meet the current demands of the profession and prepared to assume positions in education, research and management after appropriate clinical experience.

The Program

The Master of Cytopathology Practice (MCP) program is a professional entry-level master’s degree program that prepares graduates for certification in both cytotechnology and histotechnology. These are two separate but related laboratory professions within the division of anatomic pathology. This degree enables students to learn two distinct disciplines and become a highly skilled, cross trained individual with enhanced employment opportunities.

Program Accreditation

The cytotechnology curriculum of the UTHSC Master of Cytopathology Practice degree program is accredited by the:
Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP)
25400 US Highway 19 N., Suite 158
Clearwater, FL 33763
Phone: 727-210-2350

The histotechnology curriculum of the UTHSC Master of Cytopathology Practice degree program is accredited by the:
National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS)
5600 River Road, Suite 720
Rosemont, IL 60018
Phone: 773-714-8880

Program Certification/Licensure

The cytotechnology program is also certified by the:

State of Tennessee Department of Health
Medical Laboratory Board
227 French Landing, Suite 300
Heritage Place MetroCenter
Nashville, TN 37243
Phone: 800-778-4123

Program Outcomes

Graduates of the MCP Program are eligible to take both the cytotechnologist (CT) or histotechnologist (HTL) certification examination from the ASCP Board of Certification.

Pass rates reflect the number of students who took the exam within the first year of graduation.

Year Graduation Rate CT Exam Pass Rate HTL Exam Pass Rate Employment Rate within 6
months of graduation
Attrition Rate
2015 100% 100% 100% 100% 0%
2016 100% 100% 100% 100% 0%
2017 100% 100% 100% 100% 0%
Average 100% 100% 100% 100% 0%

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Program in Cytotechnology/ Histotechnology

930 Madison - Suite 664
Memphis, Tennessee 38163
Phone: 901-448-6304