National Credential
Credential: Certified Cytotechnologist CT (IAC)
Credentialing Agency: International Academy of Cytology (IAC)

International Academy of Cytology, Certified Cytotechnologist CT (IAC) is an advanced-level credential for health professionals who examine and study human cells using microscopes and other tools. Cytotechnology is an allied health specialty suited to individuals who have a strong interest in science and healthcare. Candidates are required to meet experiential and other requirements and pass an exam.

More information can be found on the certifying agency's website.

Renewal Period: 4 years

Certified Cytotechnologist CT (IAC)

The following Army Occupations provide training and/or experience that contributes to attaining this credential:

Personnel Category Occupation Occupation Type Related As Promotion Points Skill Level Star Proponent Funded Gap Analysis
Enlisted 68K Medical Laboratory Specialist MOS some  Promotion Points: This certification has been approved for promotion points. Click for more information.        

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Related As

The military occupations shown in this table are related to this credential in one of four ways: Most, Some, or Other.

Most: This credential is directly related to most of the major duties associated with the military occupation (at least 80%). Note that the credential may require additional education, training or experience before you are eligible for it.

Some: This credential is related to some tasks associated with the duties of the military occupation (related 80% to at least one or more critical tasks but less than 80% of all of the entire military occupation). Note that the credential may require additional education, training or experience before you are eligible for it.

Other: This credential is related to this military occupation, but is more advanced or specialized and therefore will likely require additional education, training, or experience.

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This credential has been approved for promotion points for this MOS towards promotion to Sergeant and Staff Sergeant. Clicking the Promotion Points icon will open a link to the promotion points fact sheet.

Skill Level Designation

Skill Level I: This skill level consists of all Soldiers in the ranks of Private (pay grade E-1) up to Specialist (pay grade E-4). Time in Service (TIS) is generally between initial entry and four Years of Service (YOS). This skill level is Entry-level positions requiring performance of tasks under direct supervision.

Institutional training:

  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level I
  • Basic Leader Course (BLC)

Skill Level II: This skill level is obtained when promoted to Sergeant (paygrade E-5). TIS is generally between 4-8 YOS. Positions requiring performance of more difficult tasks under general supervision; and in some instances, involving supervision of Soldiers in SL1.

Institutional training:

  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level II
  • Advance Leader Course (ALC)

Skill Level III: This skill level is obtained when promoted to Staff Sergeant (paygrade E-6). TIS is generally between 8-12 YOS. Positions requiring performance of still more difficult tasks and involving first line supervision of Soldiers in SL1 & SL2.

Institutional training:

  • Senior Leader Course (SLC)
  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level III

Skill level IV: This skill level is obtained when promoted to the rank of Sergeant First Class (paygrade E-7). TIS is generally between 12-18 YOS. Positions requiring relatively detailed knowledge of all tasks specified for a given MOS, normally involving first-line supervision of Soldiers in SLs 1, 2, and 3, and involving managerial duties.

Institutional training:

  • Master Leader Course (MLC)
  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level IV
  • Senior Enlisted Joint Professional Military Education (SEJPME) I Course

Skill level V: This skill level is obtained when promoted to the rank of Master Sergeant (paygrade E-8). TIS is generally between 18-22 YOS. Positions requiring direct and indirect leadership roles with expertise in company and battalion-level operations and competency across a given CMF, serving as members of a staff at every level in the Army, with a full understanding of the allocation of resources and their utilization in order to accomplish Army functions and missions.

Institutional training:

  • United States Army Sergeants Major Academy (USASMA)
  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level V

Skill level VI: This skill level is obtained when promoted to the rank of Sergeants Major (paygrade E-9). TIS is generally between 22-30 YOS. Positions requiring organizational leadership roles with multi-dimensional expertise in units and teams on division, corps, and Army staffs, integrated with Joint, Interagency, Intergovernmental, and Multinational (JIIM) partners with a full understanding of the Force Generation process, operations at all echelons, and how the Army runs.

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Star credentials are MOS enhancing, as designated by the Proponent. MOS enhancing credentials are directly related to an MOS or ASI, are taught either partially or completely as part of a Program of Instruction (POI), and improve the MOS technical proficiency.

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This icon indicates credentials which Soldiers may have funded through their MOS proponent. Some proponents offer credentialing opportunities in conjunction with military training and/or as part of MOS development beyond the training base.

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A detailed analysis comparing the credential requirements to the military occupation has been completed. Click on the gap analysis icon to view the analysis page.

Certified Cytotechnologist CT (IAC)

Eligibility Requirements ()

Note: This credential may have multiple options for becoming eligible. Listed below are the minimum requirements based on the minimum degree required. To view other options, see the Eligibility tab.

  • Credential Prerequisite: Cytotechnologist CT(ASCP)
  • Experience: 3 years
  • Education: Bachelors
  • Training
  • Membership
  • Other
  • Fee

Exam Requirements ()

  • Written Exam
  • Oral Exam
  • Practical Exam
  • Performance Assessment

Renewal Period: 4 years

  • Continuing Education
  • Exam
  • Continuing Education OR Exam
  • Fee
  • Other

International Academy of Cytology (IAC)
1640 East 50th Street
Suite 7C
Chicago, IL  60615-3161
Phone: (773) 955-1406
Fax: (773) 955-1406
Email: centraloffice@cytology-iac.org

Certified Cytotechnologist CT (IAC)

Candidates for the CT(IAC) are required to pass the national examination prior to applying for the IAC Comprehensive Cytotechnology examination. More information about requirements for the Cytotechnology practice and requirements is available through American Society of Cytopathology and the American Society for Clinical Pathology. In the U.S., the prerequsite is the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP), Cytotechnologist, CT(ASCP).

Candidates for the CT(IAC) are required to have three (3) years of full-time experience in cytotechnology.

The Certified Cytotechnologist CT (IAC) credential has the following other requirements:

  • Candidates for the CT(IAC) are required to supply two letters of recommendation:
    1. One from the current pathologist employer,
    2. One from a previous teacher in cytotechnology, or a leading pathologist in the health care or research community, or a member of the International Academy of Cytology.

Certified Cytotechnologist CT (IAC)

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There are a number of resources available to help you prepare for the Certified Cytotechnologist CT (IAC) examination:

An additional resource is Safari Books Online, a searchable digital library that provides online access to thousands of books, training videos and conference sessions. See the Educational Resources page here on COOL to learn how to get free access.

Certified Cytotechnologist CT (IAC)

Renewal Period: 4 years

The Certified Cytotechnologist CT (IAC) credential has the following recertification information:

  • To maintain the CT(IAC), certification holders must earn 180 credits of continuing education for each 4-year period from the date of the initial examination. Participation in the continuing education program is mandatory for those CT(IAC)s who wish to maintain certification registration. Details about CT(IAC) recertification is available on the renewal page.