Admission Requirements

Preparation for a career in cytotechnology & histotechnology is accomplished by successfully completing an accredited program. Students are admitted to the Master of Cytopathology Practice (MCP) program after they have completed three years of specified academic work at an accredited college or university. Candidates are not required to have a baccalaureate degree prior to admission to the program.  The professional program at UTHSC is two years in length and leads to the Master of Cytopathology Practice degree (MCP).

Students should check here to make sure they are taking the prerequisite courses required for admission to the UTHSC program.

To be eligible for consideration for admission into the MCP program, applicants must meet the following requirements:

  1. Completion of the following 85 semester hours of pre-requisite coursework with a grade of “C” or better in each course:

    • 8 semester hours of general biology
    • 8 semester hours of general chemistry
    • 9 semester hours of English or communication
    • 12 semester hours of social science
      • recommended courses include history, sociology, psychology, anthropology, philosophy
    • 3 semester hours of mathematics or statistics
    • 15 semester hours of advanced biology*
      • these courses should be 3rd or 4th year college level courses
      • recommended courses include anatomy, physiology, cell biology, microbiology, immunology, histology
    • 30 semester hours of electives
      • recommended courses include art, art history, music appreciation, computer science, ethics
  1. Minimum overall grade point average of 3.0 OR minimum overall grade point average of 2.5 with a satisfactory score on the GRE.

  2. Submit official transcripts of above coursework

  3. Personal interview with members of the admissions committee

  4. Foreign applicants whose native language is not English must submit results of the TOEFL, with minimum score of 550 on the written test, 213 on the computer test, or 80 on the TEOFL iBT®.

  5. Completed application form including an essay describing the applicant’s reasons for choosing the profession and their career goals. A non-refundable application fee must accompany the application.

  6. Pre-professional advisory committee recommendation from college or university attended OR two letters of recommendation from previous college instructors.

  7. Ability to meet published technical standards of the College of Health Professions and the Master of Cytopathology Practice degree program.

  8. Students wishing to receive a baccalaureate degree from the institution where pre-requisite courses were taken must also meet the general core educational course requirements of that institution.

  9. Coursework from another professional degree program may not be transferred to meet requirements for admission to or graduation from the MCP Program. There is no advanced standing or placement in the program.

  10. No credit is awarded for prior experiential learning to meet the requirements for completion of the Master of Cytopathology Practice degree.

Classes begin each August and continue for two years on the campus of the UT Health Science Center at Memphis.

The GRE is required for applicants with grade point average less than 3.0.

The early application deadline is January 30th. Please contact program faculty after the deadline as spaces in the program may remain available.

Online Application for the program

Program in Cytotechnology/ Histotechnology

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