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Daemen College celebrates cytotechnology white coat ceremony

STAFF REPORTS

BUFFALO, N.Y. – Two recent graduates and a current student in Daemen College's highly specialized cytotechnology program were honored at a white coat ceremony held on Sept. 24 at Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center, the college's program partner.

Honored at the ceremony were Emily Almeter '17 of Gates and a native of Spencerport; Allison Christie of Erie, Pa.; and Kelsey Snyder '15, '16 of Cheektowaga and a native of Strykersville.

The white coat ceremony is a symbolic rite of passage that officially recognizes cytotechnology students and graduates in their professional commitment to health care and clinical excellence in their field.

"This ceremony marks a milestone as these graduates and a student in her final year of the program start their journey as cytotechnology professionals," said Dr. Michael Brogan, senior vice president for academic affairs and dean of the college. "We congratulate each of our honorees and encourage them to rise to their greatest potential in their dedication to excellence in health care."

Cytotechnology is a specialty within the spectrum of medical care that involves the microscopic interpretation of cells to detect cancer and other abnormalities. Daemen's program, which involves intensive study at both Daemen and Roswell, is offered as a 4+1 bachelor's degree in biology and a master's degree in cytotechnology. At the end of the program, students are eligible to take the national certification exam given by the Board of Registry of the American Society for Clinical Pathology.

According to the U.S. Bureau for Labor Statistics, the job outlook for medical laboratory technicians, including cytotechnologists, is projected to grow 14 percent from 2016 to 2026.

More information on Daemen's cytotechnology program is available by contacting Dr. Diane Ramos at 839-8560 or dramos@daemen.edu.