School of Cytotechnology

After 50 years of operation, the Memorial Sloan Kettering School of Cytotechnology is temporarily suspending its training program effective August 12, 2013. The program is currently developing a partnership with Hunter College in order to meet NYS programmatic licensure requirements for cytotechnology training and anticipates reactivation of student enrollment in Fall 2015. Once our program becomes active, this website will be updated. For general information about the field of cytotechnology please read below.

Cytotechnology is an allied health profession that specializes in the study of cells from the human body. Working with a microscope, cytotechnologists evaluate cell samples to detect cancer, precancerous lesions, benign tumors, and infectious processes. A cytotechnologist is a trained professional who helps to save lives by identifying certain diseases early on and monitoring a patient's response to therapy.

Education and Training

Cytotechnology training programs in the U.S. are offered at the baccalaureate, post-baccalaureate (certificate) and master degree levels and are located in both university and hospital/laboratory settings. Specific course requirements may vary among schools. Recommended courses include inorganic chemistry (with lab), organic chemistry, anatomy and physiology (with lab), cell biology (with lab), human genetics, immunology, histology, and clinical microbiology. For more information about a career in cytotechnology, please visit the American Society of Cytopathologyand the American Society for Clinical Pathology.

Certification

The Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) accredits cytotechnology training programs. Upon successful completion of an accredited cytotechnology training program, students are eligible to sit for the national certification examination given by the American Society for Clinical Pathology Board of Certification.  Successful completion of this examination indicates attainment of entry level competency in the profession. Certified individuals are recognized with the designation CT(ASCP) – certified cytotechnologists. (http://www.cytopathology.org/choose-a-career-in-cytotechnology/)

Licensure

Since September 2006, all cytotechnologists working in New York State (NYS) are required to possess a cytotechnologist license issued by the NYS Department of Education (DOE) in order to practice the profession of cytotechnology. For more information about NYS cytotechnologist licensure requirements, please visit the NYS DOE Clinical Laboratory Technology website.

For further information, please contact:

School of Cytotechnology, Cytology Service
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
1275 York Avenue, C597
New York, NY 10065
Phone: 212-639-5900
Fax: 212-639-6318

E-mail: Program Director, Maria Friedlander, MPA, CT(ASCP)
E-mail: Education Coordinator, Rusmir Feratovic, MHA, CT(ASCP)