Daemen, Roswell Collaborate to offer Cytotechnology Degree
Daemen, Roswell Park Cancer Institute Collaborate to offer Exciting Opportunity in Emerging Health Profession of Cytotechnology
April 18, 2013
Information: Daemen College
Daemen College will partner with internationally renowned Roswell Park Cancer Institute to offer a new combined Baccalaureate degree in biology leading to a Master’s degree in cytotechnology.
Cytotechnologists work in collaboration with pathologists to diagnose benign and infectious processes, precancerous lesions, and malignant disease. Using the findings of cytotechnologists, the pathologist then is able to diagnose and treat disease – in many cases, long before it could be detected otherwise.
“Cytotechnologists – highly skilled laboratory professionals – play an integral part in the total health care of patients,” said Daemen President Dr. Gary Olson.
“Daemen College, together with Roswell Park Cancer Institute, is pleased to offer students the opportunity to enter a career field that is becoming increasingly vital in the early diagnosis of cancer and other diseases.”
Trained to recognize minute abnormalities in the color, size, and shape of the cell structures, cytotechnologists often play a crucial role in helping patients to recover from illness, by identifying a disease while it is still at a treatable stage. Providing a definitive diagnosis in a timely, safe, and cost-effective manner helps save patient lives by allowing clinicians to provide the necessary treatment to patients as quickly as possible.
Moreover, the role of the modern cytotechnologist extends beyond the detection of cancer, to include issues such as quality improvement, laboratory management, teaching, research, and patient education. Cytotechnologists conduct their work in laboratories, hospitals, and private industry.
Students will complete the Bachelor of Science degree in biology at Daemen College (previously NYSED approved) and then participate in specialized cytotechnology coursework at Roswell Park for 12 months. At the end of this five year program, students will be awarded a Master’s 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 (Education law Article 165, Clinical laboratory Technology practice Act 2006).
(Note: 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/or histology at Daemen College in order to prepare them for coursework at RPCI).