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)
1361 Park Street
Clearwater, FL 33756
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

Student Outcomes

  • Graduation Rate: The program has graduated 18 of 19 (95%) students admitted to the program for the last four graduating classes.
  • Certification: All graduates (100%) have taken and passed the cytotechnologist (CT) certification examination for the last four graduating classes. Not all graduates choose to take the histotechnologist (HTL) certification examination. Nine of the 12 (75%) who have taken the examination for the last four graduating classes have passed. All graduates (5) took and passed the HTL examination in 2014.   
  • Employment: All (100%) graduates who sought employment for the last four graduating classes obtained employment in one or both of these professions.

Program in Cytotechnology/ Histotechnology

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