The Histotechnology Niche: We Own It

Histotechnology is not a field that is commonly known to young people, says Adam Tegnander, Director of SUNY Cobleskill’s Histotechnology Program. Yet, an A.A.S. degree as a Histotechnician is a great path to employment, and can serve as a bridge to other health careers. Accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS), the College offers the only accredited degree-granting Histotechnician program in the state of New York. The program has a 100% job placement rate. Many hospitals in the state employ at least one histotechnician who has been educated at SUNY Cobleskill.

With that level of impact, Tegnander is a man on a mission. He and his fellow instructors spend a lot of time visiting high schools, meeting with students, and educating prospective students about the field. In these classrooms, he notes: “We see many of the students right up in the front of the room, handling the materials, really interested.” In addition, “Histotechnology is a great, second career option for nontraditional students,” notes Caleb Grant, Director of Admissions at the College.

On April 6, the program hosted its 17 affiliates for a day-long session. These are hospitals and medical centers offering placements so that students can fulfill the 400-hour clinical requirements of the program. They typically hire the students upon completion of the program. These affiliates range from Albany Medical Center and Bassett Medical Center in Cooperstown to Cornell University, New York University Langone Medical Center, SUNY Upstate Medical Center in Syracuse, the University of Vermont Health in Burlington, and Buffalo General Hospital. The College uses the annual event both to maintain these relationships, while obtaining crucial feedback on their programs, as they prepare students for these key careers. Institutions compete with each other to recruit the College’s students and graduates, Tegnander notes.