Master’s degree in Cytotechnology

Daemen College has partnered with Roswell Park Cancer Institute (RPCI), a hospital specializing in cancer care and one of the first National Cancer Institute (NCI) designated “Comprehensive Cancer Center” since 1974, to offer a combined Baccalaureate degree in Biology and a Master’s degree in Cytotechnology in a 4+1 BS/MS degree curriculum.  Students will complete the BS in Biology at Daemen College (previously NYSED approved) and then participate in specialized coursework at RPCI in Cytotechnology for 12 months.  At the end of this five year program, students would be awarded a Masters degree from Daemen College in Cytotechnology and be eligible to take the national certification exam given by the Board of Registry of the American Society for Clinical Pathology.  This program will meet the requirements for licensure as a cytotechnologist in the State of New York pending approval from the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs.

Students pursuing the Cytotechnology degree program will take the necessary science electives and engage in an undergraduate research project focusing on molecular biology, immunology, and histology at Daemen College in order to prepare them for coursework at RPCI.

Cytotechnology is a specialty in the allied health field which involves the evaluation of cellular material from all body sites; recognizing normal and abnormal cytology including, but not limited to, malignant neoplasms, precancerous lesions, infectious agents and inflammatory processes in gynecologic, non-gynocologic and fine needle aspiration specimens.  The cytotechnologist must possess the technical skills for a wide variety of cytologic laboratory specimen preparations including a basic knowledge of contemporary procedures and technologies applicable to the practice of cytology, which includes but is not limited to human papilloma virus (HPV) testing, fluorescence-in-situ hybridization (FISH), immunohistochemistry and cell search assays.  In addition, continuing demand for support for various technological advances in the field of pathology requires continuing education and assessment of the Cytotechnology professional.

For additional information contact Dr. Kristin M. Fries at (716) 839-8423 or

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