Cytotechnology Training


Memorial Sloan Kettering offers cytotechnology training in partnership with Hunter College through an Advanced Certificate (AC) in Cytotechnology program. The Hunter College AC in Cytotechnology is a one-year, 26 credit, post-baccalaureate graduate program that prepares students for careers as cytotechnologists. Clinical training for the program takes place in the Cytology Service in the Department of Pathology at MSK.

The AC in Cytotechnology is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) and is New York State licensure qualifying. Upon successful completion of the AC program, students will be eligible to sit for the national certification examination given by the American Society for Clinical Pathology Board of Certification. The exam is also approved for NYS licensure purposes. Successful completion of this examination indicates attainment of entry level competency in the profession.

What is Cytotechnology?

Cytotechnology is an allied health profession that specializes in the study of cells from the human body. Working with a microscope and a variety of analytical technologies, some of which are automation-assisted, cytotechnologists evaluate cell samples from gynecologic (e.g., Pap smears), nongynecologic and fine needle aspiration specimens to detect cancer, precancerous lesions, benign tumors, and infectious processes. Cytotechnologists are trained laboratory professionals who help to save lives by identifying diseases early on and monitoring a patient’s response to therapy.

For more information about the program, please visit the Advanced Certification in Cytotechnology program website.

Information about admissions information can be found on the Hunter College website.