Cytotechnology training prepares students to be highly qualified diagnostic team members. Working with pathologists, students develop skills in the detection of changes in cellular preparations from all body sites for the early diagnosis of cancer, precancerous changes, and infections.
Molecular Cytology expands the student’s understanding of pathology at the genomic and proteomic levels by providing the fundamental knowledge of molecular genetics and the various diagnostic techniques used in the laboratory for diagnosis and to assist oncologists in personalizing the treatment for cancer patients based on the unique genetic profile.
By combining both of these disciplines, the program provides graduates with the abilities to move to the forefront of cell-based diagnostics. It also integrates and reinforces the understanding of many facets of pathology including cancer at the tissue, cellular and molecular levels.
The Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences Cytotechnology Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Allied Health Education Professions (CAAHEP), 1361 Park Street, Clearwater, FL 33756.
All graduate students are expected to maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0 or higher in order to remain in good standing and be eligible for graduation.
- CYT 500 - Introduction to Cytopathology
- CYT 510 - Cytopathology of Female Genital Tract
- CYT 520 - Exfoliative Non-Gynecologic Cytopathology I
- CYT 540 - Cytopreparatory Techniques I
- BHS 650 - Genetics and Molecular Basis of Disease
- BHS 630 - Advanced Good Laboratory Practices
- CYT 530 - Exfoliative Non-Gynecologic Cytopathology II
- CYT 550 - Cytopreparatory Techniques II
- CYT 560 - Fine Needle Aspiration Cytology I
- CYT 570 - Fine Needle Aspiration Cytology II
- CYT 580 - Liquid Based GYN Cytology
- BHS 640 - Medical Ethics and Research OR PSC 671 Ethics in Research
- BHS 660 - Molecular Diagnostics
- BHS 680 - Research Methods and Statistics
- BHS 610 - Cellular Pathophysiology and Histology I
- BHS 620 - Cellular Pathophysiology and Histology II
- BHS 670 - Digital Imaging and Morphometrics
- CYT 590 - Clinical Practicum I
- CYT 600 - Clinical Practicum II
- BHS 690 - Advanced Topics in Biotechnology or Elective
- BHS 701 - Master’s Thesis I
- BHS 702 - Master’s Thesis II
Projects are developed based on the student’s background and interests and may include clinical outcome studies, molecular clinical case studies, technique comparison and validation, or translational research.
The MSCM program has developed partnerships with clinical affiliate sites throughout the Northeast offering students a wide variety of opportunities to learn and demonstrate proficiency in a professional setting. Current clinical sites include the following:
- Albany Medical Center – Albany, NY
- Albany Memorial Hospital – Albany, NY
- Bassett Healthcare – Cooperstown, NY
- Baystate Medical Center – Springfield, MA
- CVPH Health Center – Plattsburgh, NY
- Denver Health – Denver, CO
- Duke University Hospital Laboratory System – Raleigh, NC
- Ellis Hospital – Schenectady, NY
- Emerson Hospital – Concord, MA
- Erie County Medical Center – Buffalo, NY
- Fox Hospital – Oneonta, NY
- Glens Falls Hospital – Glens Falls, NY
- Good Samaritan Medical Center – Long Island, NY
- Lab Corps – Albany, NY
- Laboratory Alliance of Central NY – Syracuse, NY
- Lehigh Valley Health Network – Allentown, PA
- Long Island Jewish Medical Center – New Hyde Park, NY
- Lourdes Hospital – Binghamton, NY
- Massachusetts General Hospital – Boston, MA
- Mt. Kisco Medical Group – Mt. Kisco, NY
- NY Presbyterian Hospital – New York, NY
- Piedmont Hospital – Atlanta, GA
- Pocono Medical Center – East Stroudsburg, PA
- Rochester General Hospital – Rochester, NY
- Samaritan Hospital – Troy, NY
- Scripps Green Hospital – La Jolla, CA
- Seton Health – Troy, NY
- St. Elizabeth Hospital – Utica, NY
- St. Peter’s Hospital – Albany, NY
- Stratton VA Medical Center – Albany, NY
- SUNY Upstate Medical University – Syracuse, NY
- UHS-Wilson Hospital – Binghamton, NY
- University of Rochester Medical Center – Rochester, NY
- Westchester Medical Center – New York, NY
- X-Cell Laboratories – Amherst, NY
- Yale University Medical Center – New Haven, CT
Following graduation, our students find employment in hospitals, medical centers, private or reference laboratories, government agencies, professional organizations and industry.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, in 2010 the median annual salary nationally for cytotechnologists was $56,130 and the median hourly wage ranged from $31 to $39 depending on the setting. The job prospects upon completion of the program are excellent.
To obtain licensure in New York State, students must indicate their intent as part of the registration process through ASCP and complete the licensure application through the NYS Office of Professions. Click the following links for information related to application to ASCP and the application for licensure in New York State.
The MSCM program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education and is registered with New York State Department of Education Office of the Professions. Graduates of the Master's in Cytotechnology and Molecular Cytology have achieved a 100% pass rate in the ASCP national certification exam in the last three years.
Admission and Application Requirements
- Chemistry (8 credits)
- Anatomy & Physiology (8 credits)
- Cell Biology (4 credits)
- Mathematics and Statistics
- Microbiology (4 credits)
- Immunology (encouraged, but not required)
Successful candidates also demonstrate a high degree of maturity and professionalism, a sharp eye for detail, and the ability to work independently within a larger team of health professionals.