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Cytotechnology (Part-time studies)

School of Health Sciences Diploma

This program is also available on campus. For more information visit the program page.

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.

Clinical experiences take place in Regina and are assigned by the Medical Diagnostics Committee on Practicum Placements.

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

Did you know?

Your Saskatchewan Polytechnic diploma can also be used as a stepping stone to a university degree. Graduates earn a two-year credit toward degree programs at the University of Regina and Athabasca University.

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)
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