Master's in 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.

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.

Coursework

Students in the Master's in Cytotechnology and Molecular Cytology program (MSCM) will take the below courses and thesis credits to meet the requirements for graduation.

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.

MSCM Coursework

  • CYT 510 - Cytopathology of Female Genital Tract
  • CYT 520 - Exfoliative Non-Gynecologic Cytopathology I
  • CYT 530 - Exfoliative Non-Gynecologic Cytopathology II
  • CYT 540 - Cytopreparatory Techniques I  
  • CYT 550 - Cytopreparatory Techniques II  
  • CYT 560 - Fine Needle Aspiration Cytology I  
  • CYT 570 - Fine Needle Aspiration Cytology II  
  • CYT 590 - Clinical Practicum I
  • CYT 600 - Clinical Practicum II  
  • BHS 600 - Capstone Project
  • BHS 610 - Cellular Pathophysiology and Histology I
  • BHS 620 - Cellular Pathophysiology and Histology II
  • BHS 630 - Advanced Good Laboratory Practices and Laboratory Management
  • BHS 650 - Molecular Genetics and Genomics
  • BHS 660 - Molecular Diagnostics  
  • BHS 675 - Flow Cytometry  
  • BHS 685 - In Situ Hybridization-Principle, protocol and applications 
  • BHS 690 - Advanced Topics in Biotechnology - Student’s FNA Portfolio
  • BHS 830 - Grand Rounds in Pathology  
  • BIO 650 - Research Design
  • PSC 671 - Ethics in Research  
  • PSC 672 - Experimental Design and Data Analysis

Capstone Project

During clinical rotations, students are required to complete a Capstone Project. The Capstone Project provides each student with the opportunity to study a particular aspect of the field in-depth and to enhance clinical expertise. The projects involve a literature analysis, case analysis preparation, and presentation.

Clinical Affiliates

All MSCM students are required to successfully complete Clinical Practicums in their second years.

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

Career Pathways

Students in the Master's in Cyotechnology and Molecular Cytology program have performed clinical internships at some of the leading hospitals and medical centers throughout New York state and beyond (see list of clinical affiliates). 

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.

Professional Licensure

Upon successful completion of the MSCM program, students are eligible to sit for the national certification examination (CT) administered by the American Society of Clinical Pathology (ASCP). Successful completion of this examination is documentation of entry level competencies in the profession.

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

The MSCM program welcomes applications from academically well-prepared students who have, or expect to receive, a minimum 3.0 GPA in a bachelor’s degree in an appropriate science field that includes the following coursework:

Prerequisites 

  • 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.

To apply, the following is required:

  • Completion of the online application
  • Official transcripts from all colleges attended, regardless if a degree was earned or not. International applicants must also submit official WES or ECE evaluations.
  • Minimum two letters of recommendation from faculty and/or professionally relevant sources who can attest to your likelihood of success in graduate school
  • Resume
  • Personal essay outlining relevant background/experience and why you wish to attend ACPHS
  • Official GRE scores (please note the college code is 2013)
  • Current ACPHS students with a gpa of 3.0 or higher applying for direct entry into the graduate school are exempt from taking the GRE.
  • International applicants must also submit official TOEFL or IELTS scores
  • $75 application fee

The deadline to apply is April 15 for fall enrollment, but early application is encouraged for the best chance of admission.

Visit the Graduate Admissions landing page to view a complete list of admission and application requirements, including the online application.