Deadline of applications for the Fall Class of 2017-2018 has been extended to April 30, 2017.
The Greater Los Angeles Cytotechnology Training Consortium (School of Cytotechnology) operates under the aegis of the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine of the University of California, Los Angeles Medical Center. The School of Cytotechnology, founded in 1991, is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP), and offers a comprehensive course in Cytology. Upon program completion, the student will be awarded a Certificate of Completion and is eligible to sit for the American Society for Clinical Pathology, Board of Registry examination in Cytotechnology. After successfully passing the BOR exam, the student will be granted the professional title, CT (ASCP).
Our one-year training program trains students to detect cancer, its precursors and other medical disorders. Students will learn to perform a variety of diagnostic and research procedures in the Cytology laboratory, including microscopic examination of human cellular material and processing and staining of cytological specimens. The student will be trained to assist at special procedures such as fine needle aspirations and will be exposed to new technologies in Cytology. Maximum capacity of our program is six students per year, which include five domestic students and one international student. The school year begins in August and concludes in July of the following year. ..
Tuitions and Expenses
Fees for the 2017-18 school year:
|Applicant Status ||Fees* (per year) |
|CSU-DH students - Post-Baccalaureate Certificate (California Resident) ||$7,518 |
|CSU-DH students - Post-Baccalaureate Certificate (Non-Californian Resident) ||$11,160 |
|CSU-DH students - Certificate Program (US Citizens & Permanent Resident Only) ||$8,000 |
|Non CSU-DH students - Certificate Program (International Students) ||$12,380** |
*Fees are subject to change without notice.
** Processing fee for DS-2019 form is $380 per applicant (departmental recharge fee included in the tuition)
Room and boards, books, parking fees, & miscellaneous fees are not included in the tuitions listed above.
I. Domestic Applicants
- Application process includes either Route 1 or Route 2
- Deadline of application for the school year starting in Fall is March 31.
- The School of Cytotechnology accepts students through California State University, Dominguez Hills (CSU-DH), College of Health-Human Services-and Nursing, Division of Health Sciences Program, Cytotechnology Option. CSU-DH will grant academic credit for the year of clinical training in the School of Cytotechnology.
- CSU-DH students should already have a Bachelor of Science Degree and enroll as Post-Baccalaureate candidates. A Certificate of Completion will be awarded upon successfully completion of the training program.
- Non-CSUDH applicants (with US citizens and Permanent Resident status) should possess a minimum of Bachelor of Science Degree from an accredited college or university. Applicants who have completed college degrees outside of the U.S. need to submit his/her Transcript/Degree evaluation by one of the ASCP designated agencies.
- Non-CSUDH applicants (with US citizens and Permanent Resident status) with a Bachelor of Arts Degree from an accredited college or university will be required to fulfill the following biological science courses prior to enter the program. Applicants who have completed college degrees outside of the U.S. need to submit his/her Transcript/Degree evaluation by one of the ASCP designated agencies.
- A minimum of 20 semesters (30 quarter) hours of biological sciences and 8 semester hours of chemistry, with additional prerequisite courses listed in the following section are required. A Certificate of Completion will be awarded upon successfully completion of the training program. Science Courses required for Non-CSUDH Certificate students. Note: These courses should have been taken within the last 5 years of application date.
II. International Applicants
- Application process includes the following 2 steps.
- Maximum duration of stay in the US for the training program is 18 months.
- Deadline of application for Cytology training starting in Fall is March 31.
- Deadline to submit documentation to the School of Cytotechnology for DS-2019 form processing is April 30.
Step 1: Cytology Training Program Requirement
- Applicants must hold a minimum of Bachelor Degree in any medical science or related fields from an accredited college or university.
- Applicants who have completed college degrees outside of the U.S. need to submit his/her Transcript/Degree to be evaluated by one of the ASCP designated agencies. See the following link for more information: https://www.ascp.org/content/board-of-certification/getcertified/step-2/verify-your-academic-education
- For applicants whose native language is not English, TOEFL exam is required. Submit results from the Test of English as a Foreign Language Internet-based test (TOEFL iBT)*. This exam must be taken within the last 2 years of the application date. Scores from the listening and speaking portions of the exam are given particular consideration in admission decisions. Minimum TOEFL scores accepted: 90 (UCLA Health School of Cytotechnology, Institution code: B588)
- Statement of Purpose: 500 words, including career goals and motivation to enter the clinical laboratory profession.
- Copy of the picture page of the passport including expiration date.
- Two color passport pictures, 2 x 2 inches.
- Two professional letters of recommendation.
- A minimum of 20 semesters (30 quarter) hours of biological sciences and 8 semester hours of chemistry, with additional prerequisite courses listed in the following section are required.
Applicants who meet ALL of Step 1 criteria will be invited to have a web-based interview with School Officials. Post interview, successful candidates will be notified and proceed to Step 2 to apply for the DS-2019 form processing.
Step 2: DS-2019 (J-1 Visa) Requirement
- Candidates who meet the requirement of our Training Program are eligible to apply for the J-1 visa.
- Applicants who have an advanced degree in Medicine related fields
- Documentary evidence of financial support in English. Applicants are required to have a minimum of $26,968 individual living expenses per year (tuitions & fees not included) to show in a bank statement or organization support letter. Note: 51% of this funding should be from NON-PERSONAL resources, such as a scholarship, fellowship, or a grant/award from a government institution, organization, or a company. Acceptable financial documents include:
- Personal funds: A recent bank statement no older than 6 months verifying the required amount of money. Online print-outs and ATM receipts are not acceptable documents.
- Family funds from abroad: Bank statements, sponsorship letter, and/or bank letters verifying that EV will receive the required amount of money from their family during the term.
- Government or other sponsoring agency: A signed copy of the scholarship or award letter on official letterhead which states the amount and duration of the award.
- Home country institution/employer: Copy of signed letter from employer on official letterhead indicating the amount and continuation of salary payments during program participation.
- All J-1 visitors must adhere to UCLA’s insurance policies and need to enroll in UCLA’s Garnett-Powers plan to meet both visa regulations and UCLA policy.
Note: Participants can waive this requirement directly with Garnett-Powers if they already have an insurance plan that is comparable to what G-P offers.
Submit all of the above required documentation to the School of Cytotechnology no later than April 30. This is required to begin the “Certificate of Eligibility for Exchange Visitor (J-1) Status" DS-2019 form processing.
Once the applicants received approved document from UCLA School of Cytotechnology, then they can take it to a US Embassy/Consulate to apply for J-1 visa.
Note: Admission to Cytology training program is contingent upon successfully passing the Program interview process and obtaining legal J-1 visa status through UCLA-DCISS.
Medical Director: Jianyu Rao, M.D.
Medical Director: Sharon L. Hirschowitz, M.D.
Program Director: Mary Levin, SCT(ASCP)
Education Coordinator: Po Chu Fung, MBA, SCT(ASCP)
Submit application and DS-2019 documentation to:
Mary Levin, SCT(ASCP)
School of Cytotechnology
UCLA Medical Center
Dept of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
CHS, AL-209 C, Box 951732
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1732
TEL: (310) 825-9102
FAX: (310) 983-3289
For more information, please visit the CSUDH website
For CSU-DH and Non-CSUDH students, download Certificate application
For International students, download Certificate application