Cytotechnology (Part-time studies)

School of Health Sciences Diploma

Program Overview

Cytotechnology is the microscopic study of cells for disease, and cytotechnologists are its trained practitioners. They are front-line investigators who use their skills to help health care teams solve complex puzzles of disease and illness.

Saskatchewan Polytechnic's nationally accredited two-year Cytotechnology diploma program emphasizes a hands-on approach to learning. You'll develop the knowledge and skill necessary to diagnose disease by identifying alterations in cell morphology (forms).

Your studies will focus on:

  • introductory anatomy, physiology and molecular biology
  • gynecologic, respiratory and aspiration cytopathology
  • hematology
  • immunology

First-year classroom learning is augmented by lab work, where you will learn to perform basic procedures and begin developing your detection skills. During your 46 weeks of clinical experience, you will participate in six separate practicums, each focused on building your knowledge and skills in specific areas and techniques.

International applicants are not currently considered for admission to this program.

Diploma to Degree

Use your Cytotechnolgy diploma to ladder into a degree program at the University of Regina, First Nations University of Canada or Athabasca University (Alberta). A degree is usually required if you are interested in moving into management or teaching positions.

How does it fit?

Cytotechnologists are natural scientists - people who are curious about the human body and enjoy using microscopes to explore its inner workings. Cytotechnology is a profession that demands a high degree of accuracy, strong decision-making skills and the ability to take responsibility for your work.

Learning Environment

Each year 4 students are accepted to this program. Students will experience a mix of traditional lectures, practical labs and clinical practicums increasing in length as the program progresses.

For this program, there is a heavy workload with 15 - 20 hours/week of homework. School hours begin at 8:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m., Monday - Friday except during clinical practicums where hours will coincide with health care hours. Clinical practicum hours can start as early as 7:00 a.m.

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Courses currently offered through part-time studies

Year 1

Anatomy and Physiology 1 (APHY-191CE)
Anatomy and Physiology 2 (APHY-282CE)
Professional Practices 1 (ETHC-185CE)
Immunology (IMMU-183CE)
Infection Control and Safety (INFC-180CE)
Medical Terminology (MTER-180CE)