Cytotechnology and Molecular Cytology
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, which is an essential component to diagnosis and identification of effective and appropriate therapy. The cytotechnologist works with a wide variety of laboratory specimen preparations and integrates cytologic diagnoses with other adjuvant innovative technologies such as molecular diagnostics, flow cytometry and immunohistochemistry to insure correct and valid diagnosis.
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 it’s unique genetic profile.
The program merges traditional cytotechnology and state-of-the-art biomedical technology. Responding to innovation in medical diagnostics, the program prepares students to be at the forefront of cell-based diagnostics. The program integrates and reinforces the understanding of many facets of pathology including cancer at the tissue, cellular and molecular levels.
The MSCM program offers an integrated curriculum and also provides excellent clinical internship opportunities in leading hospitals and medical centers locally and throughout New York state and beyond. Upon completion of the program, graduates are eligible for certification (CT) by the American Society of Clinical Pathology (ASCP) and New York State licensure for practice in New York. Graduates may also apply for the Molecular Biology (MB) certification by ASCP.
Students will complete a capstone project. 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.
After 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 was $56,130 and median hourly wage for cytotechnologists ranged from $31 to $39 depending on the setting. The job prospects upon completion of the program are excellent.
ACPHS enjoys a long history of successfully training cytotechnologists, and our program has an excellent pass rate in the ASCP certification exam. The program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP).
*For certification in Cytotechnology (CT) and Molecular Biology (MB) by ASCP please visit http:www.ascp.org for more details.
The program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP).
International Student Requirements:
Official TOEFL or IELTS scores that are less than two years old; official WES or ECE evaluations of all transcripts from colleges attended outside the United States
Facts & Figures
Financial Aid: Yes
International Financial Aid: Yes
# of Credits Required: 66
Average Cost per Credit (Graduate): $900 USD
In State Tuition (per year): 29600 USD
Out State Tuition (per year): 29600 USD
Classification: Specialized Institution—Other separate health profession school
Locale: Small City
Size & Settings: 1,000-2,999