About our Cytogenetics Programs


The Cytogenetics Programs are not accepting applications
for the 2013-14 or the 2014-15 cohorts at this time.


The Cytogenetics curriculum is composed of both didactic and clinical courses.  The didactic courses (lectures, seminar, and student laboratories) are conducted primarily during the fall semester to provide facts, concepts and theories related to the techniques and procedures employed in cytogenetics laboratories.  Coursework includes instruction in clinical correlations of both inherited and acquired chromosomal anomalies, techniques for the processing of peripheral blood, bone marrow, amniotic fluid, chorionic villus, skin, tumors and other solid tissue specimens, various staining techniques (G-, Q-, FISH, C-, etc.), chromosome analysis and future directions in clinical cytogenetics. 


Cytogenetic diagnostics are increasingly being made or supplemented using molecular techniques.  The two molecular techniques that have been adopted in most labs are FISH (fluorescent in situ hybridization) and aCHG (array comparative hybridization). Many specimens require processing by all three techniques, classical cytogenetics, FISH and aCGH, to gather the most information for an accurate and precise diagnosis.

Our Cytogenetics program includes theory and basic techniques for these modalities. Further experience is gained during the clinical coursework. The clinical courses follow in the spring and summer semesters and are designed to give students the opportunity to apply theory and master the laboratory techniques as applied in the hospital, research or private laboratory setting.  Students are assigned to cytogenetics laboratories throughout the state and nation during their clinical courses.  The program concludes with a didactic course designed to integrate all aspects of the curriculum.


Bachelor of Science in Cytogenetics
The Bachelor of Science in Cytogenetics program consists of a minimum of 120 semester credit hours, including of the Texas Core Curriculum and program requirements completed at an accredited college or university, plus 36 semester credit hours of Cytogenetics courses completed at the Health Science Center. The Health Science Center phase of the program consists of approximately 12 months of full-time study.


Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Cytogenetics
The post-baccalaureate certificate program in Cytogenetics is available for students who have already completed a bachelor’s degree in natural science (biology, microbiology, medical technology, etc.) or a physical science (chemistry, physics, etc.). Health Science Center coursework is the same for both the Bachelor of Science and post-baccalaureate certificate programs. The program consists of 36 semester credit hours completed at the Health Science Center. Graduates of the bachelor’s degree and post-baccalaureate certificate program are eligible to take the Technologist in Cytogenetics examination given by the Board of Certification (BOC) of the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP).

The Cytogenetics programs may be completed in 12 months, based on full-time enrollment.  Part-time enrollment is possible, but full-time students receive scheduling priority for clinical coursework. Most didactic courses are offered one time per year.


Accreditation & Licensure

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Graduates of the Cytogenetics program are eligible to take the national certification examinations given by the Board of Certification (BOC) of the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP), 33 West Monroe St., Suite 1600, Chicago, IL, 60603, 1-800-267-2727,


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