Biomedical Sciences: B.S. Biomedical Sciences
Cytotechnology Submajor

Clinical Training

The professional clinical training in Cytotechnology at UWM is a 12 month training program that runs from September - August. The UW-Madison Cytotechnology Program provides the professional training. Upon graduation, you will be eligible to take the professional certification examination offered through the American Society for Clinical Pathology - Board of Certification (

Admission Criteria

You may begin the program as an Cytotechnology major in your Freshman year and apply for professional training in your Senior year meeting the following criteria:

  1. Completion of a minimum of 90 semester hours of course work, including all required courses and General Education Requirements of UWM, and
  2. An overall minimum UWM grade point average (GPA) of 2.5, and
  3. A minimum GPA of 2.5 in the specified science courses:
    • Chemistry: 102, 104, 221, 341, 342, 501
    • Bio Sciences: 202, 203, 260, 303
    • Biomedical Sciences: 301-305, 427, 428, & any other BMS courses taken, and
  4. A minimum grade of C in all junior level science courses.

Application Process

Students will apply to the UW-Madison Cytotechnology Program through their online application.

Tours Of Clinical Affiliate Site

Tours of ACL Laboratory - Cytology Department can be arranged by contacting the ACL Education Coordinator at (414) 328-7121.

Interviews with Clinical Education Coordinators

The Cytotechnology Program Officials at ACL Laboratory will review the application materials and schedule an interview at ACL Central Lab located at Aurora West Allis Memorial Hospital in February or March.

Clinical Placements

Upon completion of the interviews, the ACL Cytotechnology Program Officials will send out acceptance or rejection letters on April 1. Applicants will have one (1) week to respond to the acceptance letter and confirm interest in a clinical placement.

Student Handbook

A student handbook will be provided for your convenience and reference by the clinical training site at the start of the professional training.

Important Information

Make an appointment in October with the College of Health Sciences Student Affairs Office (414) 229-2758 to review your transcripts and go through a degree audit to ensure that your academic records are in order.

A physical examination to assess health status is required prior to starting professional clinical training.

Health insurance is required while in the clinical rotation.

Rotation schedules, vacations, and other time off are matters which are decided individually by each clinical site. The University academic calendar does not apply.

Students will enroll as a special student undergraduate under the Continuing Studies department at UW-Madison.