All students entered in the Histotechnology Program must complete a 4 credit, 400 hour clinical rotation at one of the Program Affiliate sites. The rotation will be taken during the final (summer) semester of the Senior Year. In the event that the number of students exceeds the number of Affiliate sites available, the student may be deferred until later in the summer or until the fall semester. The Program Director will assign each student to one of the approved Affiliate sites.
Each student will receive a detailed syllabus prior to the clinical delineating the goals and expectations as well as the responsibilities of the student, the supervisor, the Pathologist(s) and the Program Director. In addition, prior to starting the clinical the Program Director will review and collect the paperwork for all of the Health and Safety requirements for SUNY and for each Affiliate site. These papers will be mailed to the Affiliate histology supervisor prior to the start of the clinical rotation.
According to the legal contract all students must provide documentation of the following before starting the clinical rotation:
- A signed physical exam completed within the 6-12 months
- A PPD (Mantoux) skin test for tuberculosis taken within the past year
- and a chest x-ray if it is positive
- A Tetanus-Diptheria booster within the past ten years
- Proof of immunity again measles (Rubella)
- Proof of immunity against German measles
Health, Safety and Confidentiality Training
All students will receive Health, Safety and confidentiality training during the spring semester of their final year. Through lectures, guest speakers, videos and demonstrations the following topics will be covered:
- Universal Precautions and Personal Protective Equipment
- Confidentiality laws and expectations
- Infection Control including Blood borne Pathogens
- Formaldehyde Safety
- Hepatitis B Vaccination Awareness
In case of an emergency during the clinical experience at the Hospital, the Hospital will provide emergency care to the student. With the exception of emergency care, the student must arrange and maintain his/her own medical insurance. For those students enrolled in the college Health Insurance Plan, the plan includes the summer semester. If a student is on their parent's insurance plan or any other non-college based insurance, he/she must be sure that it will cover the summer session for a part-time student.
Program Affiliate Hospitals
- Albany Medical Center - Albany, New York
- Albany Memorial Hospital - Albany, New York
- Albany VA Hospital - Albany, New York
- Bassett Medical Center - Cooperstown, New York
- Cornell University - Ithaca, New York
- Champlain Valley Physicians - Hospital Medical Center Plattsburg, New York
- Columbia Memorial Hospital - Hudson, New York
- St. Luke's Hospital, Centrex Labs - Utica, New York
- Northwest Pathology - Bellingham, Washington
- Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital - Binghamton, New York
- St. Peter's Hospital - Albany, New York
- SUNY Upstate University Hospital - Syracuse, New York
- United Health Services, Wilson Memorial Regional Med. Ctr. - Johnson City, New York
- University of Rochester Medical Center - Rochester, New York
** If the number of students should exceed the number of Affiliates available during a particular summer, it may be necessary to defer the clinical rotation for one or more students until later in the summer or in the fall semester.
Guidelines for International Students
International students must see the Director of Admissions to secure authorization for Curricular Practical Training. This information must be reported to Immigration through the SEVIS reporting system (SEVIS refers to the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System).
During the clinical rotation, students are not allowed to work beyond the standard scheduled clinical hours as a part of their clinical experience. The student is not to be considered or treated as a member of the regular staff. This does not mean, however, that a student is not permitted to have a job. A student is permitted to work provided that both the student and the employer recognize that this is not compulsory and that it is not necessary for the completion of the program. On rare occasions, a student has been hired as a part time Histotechnician at the Affiliate site where he/she is completing the clinical rotation. This is not considered as part of the clinical rotation, it is not encouraged, and it must be approved by both the Affiliate Histology Supervisor and the Program Director.