The Goal of the examination is to determine if the candidate
Has knowledge related to the criteria of malignancy for most body sites. Such as Female Genital Tract, Body Fluids, Respiratory Tract, Genitourinary, FNA.
Has the ability to determine, with some degree of accuracy, the expected diagnostic entity.
Please note: The IAC examination is NOT a test of „screening ability“.
Has the ability to separate malignant from nonmalignant cells.
Has the ability to select those cases that should be seen by a cytopathologist from those cases that can be signed out as negative.
Prerequisites for the examination
Three (3) years of full-time experience in gynecological and non-gynecological cytotechnology is required immediately before the exam.
Two letters of recommendation:
1. From the current pathologist employer or supervisor
2. From a previous teacher in cytotechnology, or a leading pathologist in your community, or a member of the International Academy of Cytology
The individual must be employed as a cytotechnologist at the time they sit for the examination.
Cytotechnologists working and living in a country with a national registry for cytotechnologists (such as Australia, Canada, Germany, Japan, the Netherlands, New Zealand, South Africa and the United States) must have passed their national examination prior to applying for the IAC Comprehensive Cytotechnology examination.