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CT(IAC) Comprehensive Cytopathology Examination

Congratulations on your decision to sit for the Comprehensive Cytotechnology Examination given by the International Academy of Cytology.

As you know, this examination is voluntary. It's purpose is to emphasize the continuing education process that must be present if one is a professional in a scientific, health-related field of study. This examination is one method of measuring your proficiency in cytology after working in the field for three or more years. Passing the examination is evidence that you have achieved a measure of proficiency and knowledge as a cytotechnologist. The credential, CT(IAC), after your name will show your fellow workers that you have continued the learning process and that you are committed to earning 180 cytology continuing education credits throughout each four-year period. You should be very proud of this!

No one really likes to take an examination, but we hope we can eliminate many of your possible apprehensions by explaining the examination format to you. The CT(IAC) Comprehensive Cytotechnology examination consists of three parts: a glass slide examination, a projected image, multiple choice examination and a written multiple choice examination. Each part of the examination is briefly discussed on the information link below.

For identification purposes you will be issued with a "P" number. Please keep this number with you during all three sections of the examination. 

pdf button Here is the link to a PDF information sheet that can be opened or downloaded. Please use Adobe Reader to open this document if downloaded, if using Preview from Mac or other viewing tools the information may be distorted.

If you can not download the PDF then please inform the IAC Central office and a copy can be sent by airmail. 

You will be provided with a pencil to be used specifically for our answer forms.

On the day of the examination, there will be time to ask questions about the testing process before the examination starts.

Good luck!


Shirley Greening, MS, JD, CFIAC


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