About this Program

The School of Medical Diagnostic and Translational Sciences offers a program in cytotechnology through the Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences. The program offers a first and second degree option as well as a post-baccalaureate degree option. Cytotechnologists are specially trained medical laboratory professionals who work with pathologists in detecting changes in cell samples from numerous body sites which allows the early diagnosis of cancer. They are also trained in specimen preparation, molecular, FISH, flow cytometry techniques, and fine needle aspiration cytology.

Program Highlights

  • A small program with one-on-one instruction

  • Opportunities to be on the cutting edge of cancer diagnosis and research

  • One of only 21 programs in the nation and the only program in Virginia

  • 100% job placement

Degree Level
Degree Earned
Bachelor of Science
Delivery Modes


Check out these ideas from ODU Career Development Services and the Occupational Information Network (O*NET). A median salary is a midpoint of what people typically earn—half of those surveyed earned above the median salary, and half earned below.

Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technicians

Perform routine medical laboratory tests for the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of disease. May work under the supervision of a medical technologist.


Stain, mount, and study cells to detect evidence of cancer, hormonal abnormalities, and other pathological conditions following established standards and practices.

Health Educators

$59,010 Median Salary

Provide and manage health education programs that help individuals, families, and their communities maximize and maintain healthy lifestyles. Collect and analyze data to identify community needs prior to planning, implementing, monitoring, and evaluating programs designed to encourage healthy lifestyles, policies, and environments. May serve as a resource to assist individuals, other healthcare workers, or the community, and may administer fiscal resources for health education programs.

Clinical Research Coordinators

$133,670 Median Salary

Plan, direct, or coordinate clinical research projects. Direct the activities of workers engaged in clinical research projects to ensure compliance with protocols and overall clinical objectives. May evaluate and analyze clinical data.


What are the requirements to apply for Cytotechnology at ODU?
Students entering the Bachelor of Science program in Cytotechnology should meet the minimum university admission requirements Undergraduate Admission.

    • Completed program application form with goals statement.
    • Official transcripts from all universities and colleges attended.
    • Biology and chemistry cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or above
    • Three letters of recommendation - forms provided with application.
    • Formal interview after initial pre-screening by program officials.

For Admission to the Cytotechnology Program


Overall grade point average (GPA): 2.8 or above


At ODU, we understand that as a transfer student you have unique needs that require a wide array of campus resources. The Center for Advising Administration and Academic Partnerships aims to create a transfer inclusive culture that supports the successful...


Estimated rates for the 2023-24 academic year. Rates are subject to change. Anyone that is not a current Virginia resident will be charged non-resident rates. That includes international students.

Active Duty Military Rate
Cost Per-Credit $250
Virginia Resident
Cost Per-Credit $393
Technology Delivered Courses Outside Virginia and/or the United States
Cost Per-Credit $407
Cost Per-Credit $1,073

Ways to Save

Here are a few ways for you to save on the cost of attending ODU. For more information visit University Student Financial aid


  • American Society of Clinical Pathologists, American Society of Cytology
  • American Society of Cytotechnologists(Limited scholarships for current students)


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