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Cytotechnologist License and Certification

Is a certification exam required for cytotechs?

Cytotechnologists are required to pass a certification exam administered through the American Society for Clinical Pathologists (ASCP) in order to practice in this field. This computerized, multiple-choice exam is taken following graduation from a cytology program. After passing this exam, the CT (ASCP) credentials are awarded.

Is state licensure required for cytotechnologists?

Upon passing the ASCP certification exam, there are a handful of states that also require state licensure to practice. These states

In addition to the national certification and state licensure, cytotechs are also required to pass an annual proficiency exam due to the extremely high amount of regulation in this field. This exam is typically administered through the College of American Pathologists (CAP) Proficiency testing program. The exam is required in every state that provides pap test screening services, regardless of the setting.

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