General Information

The cytotechnologist is the professional qualified to analyze cellular samples under the microscope in order to detect neoplastic cells before the patient shows obvious symptoms of malignant growth. In this way, the cytotechnologist contributes to the early detection of disease.


The Cytotechnology Program offered by the University of Puerto Rico Medical Sciences Campus is a 12-month program requiring a total of thirty-eight (38) credit hours. Theoretical aspects are emphasized throughout clinical experiences and supervised practice during all year.


The program is designed to prepare health professional with specific competencies in cytotechnology. The student is provided with adequate experiences for the development of abilities and skills in management of a cytotechnology laboratory and in handling the necessary instruments and equipment.

Admission Requirements

Applicants to program must have completed a bachelor of science or bachelor of arts degree from an accredited college or university. Students who wish to be considered for admission must also meet the following requirements:

  • Have a General Grade Point Average of at least 2.50.
  • Have a Specific Grade Point Average of at least 2.50 in science courses.

Present evidence of completion of the following courses (42 credits) or their equivalents:


Required Courses

  • Interview with faculty members.
  • Fluency in Spanish and knowledge and comprehension of English

*It is a highly recommended that applicants complete the following courses: Histology, Human Anatomy, Bacteriology, Physiology, Genetics, Parasitology and Microbiology.

Graduation Requirements

In order to be recommended for graduation, students must:

  • Obtain a minimum grade point average of 2.00 or higher in didactic courses and 3.00 or higher in the supervised practice.
  • Satisfactorily complete the six (6) didactic courses and the supervised practice.
  • Submit a research project related to the cytotechnology profession.
  • Evaluate and interpret a minimum of sixty (60) cytological samples daily with ninety-five percent (95%) accuracy during the final practicum.
  • To approve a comprehensive test offered by the program with a minimum of 80%.
  • To present evidence of the Board of Registry exam payment before July 31.


Total Semester Credit-Hours: 38

Professional Courses

Course Descriptions

Informative Sheet

Study Costs

Credit Cost: $2,200.00




Maintenance Fee


Technology Maintenance Fee

          $ 50.00

Laboratory Rights

        $ 100.00

Graduation Rights


Summer Maintenance Fee

          $ 50.00

Study Costs (include things like books, PPE, BOC payment, computer, etc.)

$ 9,440.00

Program Outcomes


In order to practice the profession in Puerto Rico, it is necessary to obtain the Certification offered by the American Society of Clinical Pathologist by the Board of Registry.


The Cytothecnology Program is currently accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs.


9355 – 113th St. N, #7709
Seminole, FL 33775
Phone 727-210-2350


Program Director
Alma Camacho, SCT(ASCP), MBA, Ed.D.
787-758-2525 ext. 4405, 1162


Medical Advisor
María Marcos, MD, FCAP, FASCP
787-777-3535 ext. 6810


Associate Director and Clinical Supervisor
Yadiris López, CT (ASCP), MSc, DrPH
787-758-2525 ext. 3572


Faculty Members
Roberto Dávila, Ed. D.
787-758-2525 ext. 1672

Physical Address

Office 608, Sixth Floor
School of Health Professions Building
Medical Sciences Campus, Medical Center
Monacillo Area Rio Piedras, PR


Director – 787-758-2525, ext. 1162
Secretary – 787-758-2525, ext. 3573
Fax – 787-756-3148

Mailing Address

Cytotechnology Program, Graduated Department
Medical Sciences Campus
University of Puerto Rico
PO Box 365067
San Juan PR, 00936-5067