School of Arts and Sciences
Adviser: Anne Carr-Schmid, Office of Undergraduate Instruction, Division of Life Sciences
Medical technology, also called clinical laboratory science, is a professional field for which the student prepares in chemistry, microbiology, hematology, and related disciplines. Certified medical technologists or clinical laboratory technicians may enter careers in teaching or may work in clinical laboratories, research institutions, and pharmaceutical firms. The program, which leads to a bachelor of science degree, includes a yearlong, full-time clinical internship that qualifies the student to take national certification exams. Internships are competitive; grade-point averages of 2.5 in the sciences and cumulatively are required to apply. Application to the program is made during the fall semester of the junior year.
Medical technology students will develop academic skills during the core curriculum and elective courses enabling them to smoothly transition from an academic environment to professional training in the clinical internship. The academic emphasis will be on a skill set required for future success in the field of medical technology, including preparation for the national certification exams, in conjunction with a broad liberal arts foundation. In addition, medical technology students will also be encouraged to simultaneously develop a strong, independent scientific framework encompassing the necessary mindset to continue their academic studies at a higher level, if so desired.