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.

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

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 Memorial Hospital
- Albany VA hospital
- Bassett Hospital (Cooperstown)
- Cornell University (Ithaca)
- Fletcher-Allen Healthcare, Burlington, VT
- NYU Langone Hospital, NYC, NY
- Our Lady of Lourdes (Binghamton)
- St. Luke's Cornwall Hospital, Newburgh, NY
- St. Peter's Hospital (Albany)
- SUNY Upstate Medical Center
- University of Rochester
- Wilson Hospital (Binghamton)



For more information
please contact:

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


The SUNY Cobleskill Histotechnician program is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (5600 N. River Road, Suite 720, Rosemont, IL 60018, 773-714-8880). It is also registered as a New York State Licensure Qualifying program. Graduates are eligible for national certification by the American Society for Clinical Pathology and for New York State Licensure.