Academic Requirements

Academic Requirements

Applicants should demonstrate a capacity for academic achievement:

  • A minimum of a baccalaureate level degree from an accredited college or university
  • Overall GPA of 3.0 (4.0 = A) and a 3.0 minimum GPA in all science and mathematics courses
  • Completed 20 semester hours or 30 quarter hours of biology
    • Courses include but are not limited to:
    • General Biology
    • Anatomy and Physiology
    • Cell Biology
    • Histology
    • Immunology
    • Microbiology
    • Molecular Biology
  • 8 semester hours or 12 quarter hours of Chemistry
  • 3 semester hours or 4 quarter hours of Mathematics
  • Foreign applicants must have permanent resident status
Admissions Procedure

Admissions Procedure

  • Each applicant must submit the following information/materials as instructed before any consideration of the application will be given:
    • Completed application form (Deadline: March 15)
    • Three completed reference forms (two must be from academic sources)
    • Letters of reference
    • Official transcript (and transcript evaluation when required) from each college attended
  • Incomplete applications cannot be considered and applicants will be notified in writing of their ineligibility.
  • It is the responsibility of the applicant and not this program to monitor the application process.
  • Ineligible applicants may have their applications considered for the following year by informing this program of their intent in writing by June 30 and completing an application by the following year's deadline.
  • Prospective students with complete applications who meet the academic eligibility requirements of this program will be contacted by mail to schedule a personal interview at the Cleveland Clinic. Travel arrangements and all travel expenses are the responsibility of the student.
  • All interviews are scheduled and completed by April 30.
  • Once all interviews are complete, students accepted into the program will be notified in writing by May 15.
  • Prospective students who are not selected will be notified in writing by May 15.
    • Applicants who elect to remain in the applicant pool for one additional year must notify the program director in writing by June 30 and may waive a second personal interview if they so desire.
Desirable Applicant Attributes

Desirable Applicant Attributes

  • Visual acuity and perception with respect to depth and color
  • Ability to use microscopes to distinguish the characteristics of cells in health and disease as well as other microscopic entities related to cytologic diagnosis
  • Logical thought processes facilitating problem solving
  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • Transfer of knowledge and laboratory skills to problems other than those set in the course of instruction, but that lend themselves to similar types of solutions
  • Dependability and a sense of responsibility
  • Courtesy and consideration in personal relationships
  • Motivation that is more internally than externally stimulated
  • Integrity
  • Maturity
  • Ability to follow written and verbal instruction
  • Ability to react appropriately and to maintain poise and control under stressful conditions
  • Manual dexterity
Equal Opportunity

Equal Opportunity

It is the policy of the Cleveland Clinic School of Cytotechnology to provide equal opportunity to all applicants for admission into the program.  Decisions concerning selection are made on the basis of the best qualified candidates without regard to age, gender, race, national origin, religion, creed, color, marital status, physical or mental disability, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, ethnicity, ancestry, veteran status or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law.



  • There are no current application fees
  • A $7500 tuition fee, effective for the 2019-2020 program year
    • Half of this fee is payable prior to the start of the program with the remainder due at the end of the first quarter of the school year (September 30)
  • Approximately $400 for text books
  • Supplies such as notebooks, shoes, etc.
  • Medical insurance (if needed)
  • Medical Liability insurance

Health and Professional Liability Insurance

Health care and hospitalization insurance and professional liability insurance are the responsibility of the student.

Living Expenses

Cleveland Clinic has no student housing facilities. The cost of room, board, and transportation are the responsibility of the student.

Job opportunities may be available for students enrolled in this program to help offset these expenses as long as they maintain the academic standards set by the School. If a student withdraws or is dismissed from the program, the School of Cytotechnology, the Robert J Tomsich Pathology and Laboratory Institute, or the Cleveland Clinic are not responsible for any student expenses incurred.

Program Operational Requirements

Program Operational Requirements

  • Students accepted into the program are required to complete the following prior to beginning the program:
    • Pass a criminal background check
    • Present evidence of:
      • immunity to Rubella, Rubeola, Mumps (MMR), and Varicella
      • Negative TB test within the last 6 months
      • Tdap booster within the last 10 years
      • Hepatitis B immunity, vaccine or waiver assuming risk of infection
      • Results of a current health screening
    • Obtain a Cleveland Clinic Temporary ID Badge (must be returned at the conclusion of the program)
  • The Cleveland Clinic buildings and properties are designated non-smoking areas.
  • This is a relatively high-pressure program with many deadlines and a busy work environment. Students will be expected to learn from required readings and assigned tasks such as microscopic review of study cases and unknown slides.
  • Students will be expected to learn from and interact with a diverse population.
  • As full-time students, each will be expected to be engaged in learning activities, including homework assignments, at the Cleveland Clinic for a minimum of 8 hours per day (5 days per week).
  • Students must complete all assignments and maintain at least a C average on written and practical examinations. In addition, students must complete, in a satisfactory manner, the review of unknown slides throughout the program reaching a 99% accuracy rate on gyn screening by the end of the school year. Students will be formally evaluated on a quarterly basis and may be subject to dismissal in the event of failing to meet performance standards.
  • Students may withdraw from the program by submitting a letter of request to the program director.  Students in good standing who wish to return to the program will need to reapply.  Readmission will depend on available space and resources.