Histotechnician (A.A.S.)

The Histotechnician Associate in Applied Science is a two-year, 66-credit degree that provides students with the academic and technical skills necessary for entry-level competence in the field of Histotechnology.


What is Histotechnology?

Histotechnology is a unique, specialized area within the medical laboratory sciences. It involves the preservation of tissue and preparation of microscopic slides for pathologists to permit patient diagnosis and treatment. Tissues are obtained from multiple sources, including operating rooms, clinics, doctors’ offices, emergency rooms and autopsies. Histotechnicians may also prepare frozen tissue sections to enable rapid diagnosis while a patient is undergoing surgery.

What does a Histotechnician Do?

Histotechnicians are trained in the preparation and staining of tissues for microscopic examination and disease diagnosis by a pathologist. The tissue may be obtained from an operating room, clinic, doctor's office, emergency room, or a postmortem examination. Histotechnicians may also assist the pathologist in the preparation of frozen tissue sections which are used to provide rapid diagnosis while the patient is still undergoing surgery.

Program Mission Statement

The mission of the SUNY Cobleskill Histotechnology program is to teach students to work cooperatively and ethically as an essential member of a healthcare team in the preparation of tissues for diagnosis by the Pathologist. In a student centered environment with an emphasis on respect and responsibility, students acquire the knowledge and develop the technical skills necessary for entry level competence in Histotechnology.

Admission Requirements

For high school graduates:
- High school average > 80
- Regents-level Biology, Chemistry and Math
- English competency

For non-traditional and/or transfer students:
- A full year (2 semesters) of college-level biology and chemistry must be completed prior to entry
- Prior college cumulative GPA of 3.0 (as applicable)
- Maximum transfer of 31 credits for AAS program

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Program Highlights

- SUNY Cobleskill has the only accredited (National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences) degree granting Histotechnician program in the state of New York.

- SUNY Cobleskill has the oldest accredited Histotechnology program in the United States.

- Hands on experience during the required Clinical Rotation in an Affiliated Hospital
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- Highly professional faculty members, including two with national certification in Histotechnology

- Dedicated state-of-the-art Histotechnology lab

Program Strengths

- Nationally certified Instructors
- State-of-the-art Histotechnology lab
- 100% pass rate for national certification exam (2013-2015)
- 100% job placement for graduates seeking employment in the field (2012-2015)
- Eligible for New York State Licensure
- Eligible for National Certification
- 92% graduation rate for second year students (2013-2016)

What Will I Learn?

The program covers the major areas of Histotechnology, including the grossing and fixation of tissues, processing, embedding, sectioning and staining. Specialized training, such as bone decalcification and immunohistochemistry, is also discussed and is practiced in the laboratory.

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Career Outlook

The SUNY Cobleskill Histotechnology Program has graduated numerous highly skilled technicians over several decades. The impact on local and regional healthcare has been invaluable. Cobleskill graduates can be found in numerous hospital laboratories across New York State as well as throughout the country. Graduates have held positions in sales, administration and in the technical laboratory. Job satisfaction among individuals in Healthcare is exceptionally high and countless pursue lifelong careers in Histology.

There is a national shortage of trained histotechnicians, with excellent job prospects throughout the nation. Employers offer jobs in a variety of settings including:

- hospital laboratories
- private physician offices
- medical or veterinary schools
- pharmaceutical companies

Salaries increase with certification, state licensure, experience and/or additional education.

Future career options may include:

- Histotechnologist
- Pathologist Assistant (Master's level)
- Immunohistochemistry specialist
- Cytotechnology (Bachehlor's level)
- Molecular Pathology
- Forensic Medicine
- Medical or Veterinary School

Affiliate Hospitals

- Albany Medical Center (Albany, NY)
- Albany VA Hospital (Albany, NY)
- Bassett Medical Center (Cooperstown, NY)
- Buffalo General Hospital (Buffalo, NY)
- Columbia Memorial Hospital (Hudson, NY)
- Cornell University (Ithaca, NY)
- Champlain Valley Medical Center (Plattsburgh, NY)
- Ellis Medicine (Schenectady, NY)
- Glens Falls Hospital (Glens Falls, NY)
- NYU Langone Medical Center (New York, NY)
- Northwest Pathology (Bellingham, WA)
- Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital (Binghamton, NY)
- St. Peter's Hospital (Albany, NY)
- SUNY Upstate Medical Center (Syracuse, NY)
- Wilson Memorial Regional (Johnson City, NY)
- University of Rochester Medical Center (Rochester, NY)
- University of Vermont Health (Burlington, VT)

Meet Our Faculty

Adam N. Tegnander, HT (ASCP)cm
Program Director

Madeline (Mickey) Hilger, HT (ASCP)
Histotechnology Education Coordinator



For more information
please contact:

Adam N. Tegnander, HT (ASCP)cm
Program Director


The SUNY Cobleskill
Histotechnology Program is a fully accredited institution by:
National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences
5600 N. River Road, Suite 720
Rosemont, Illinois 60018-5119
Phone: 773-714-8880 
Fax: 773-714-8886