Major in Cytotechnology
What is Cytotechnology?
Cytotechnologists are health-care professionals who are responsible for analyzing tissue and cell specimens for abnormalities such as cancer and viral infections, primarily in a hospital setting. The cytotechnology major prepares students for the 12-month clinical internship program in cytotechnology as part of a “3+1” four-year degree. This program is for students interested in careers in medical research, clinical laboratory analyses, and research.
Our Cytotechnology Major Allows You To:
- Immediately qualify for employment as a board certified cytotechnologist.
- Work in research, hospitals, and health care organizations.
- Continue your education in graduate or medical schools.
Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Cytotechnology (90 + 30 credits)
The cytotechnology major is, like medical technology, a “3+1” academic program that prepares students for the 12-month clinical internship in an accredited cytotechnology program. Cytotechnologists are health-care professionals whose primary responsibilities include the diagnosis of cancerous, pre-cancerous, and virus-infected cells.
This three year program of study prepares the student for the clinical training year with an academic schedule including cell biology, anatomy & physiology, immunology, and optional coursework in virology.
- Cytotechnology major course curriculum (671kB PDF, requires the free Arobat Reader)
- Biology course descriptions
Accepted students spend 12 months in residence at a clinical training center where they follow a curriculum approved by the American Society of Clinical Pathologists and the American Medical Association.
Affiliated hospitals include:
- The University of Vermont Medical Center School of Cytotechnology (Burlington, VT)
- Magee Women’s Hospital (Pittsburgh, PA)
Note: Admission to non-affiliated hospitals is also possible.
Questions, Comments, Suggestions?
If you would like more information about biological sciences at SUNY Plattsburgh, please contact:
Dr. Neil Buckley, Chair
Office: Hudson Hall 337
Phone: (518) 564-3155