The mission of the Medical Technology option is to provide high quality, theoretical and clinical education to students to develop the skills, knowledge, and commitment to lifelong learning necessary to become leaders in the field of Medical Laboratory Science. The department faculty are dedicated to maintaining NAACLS (National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences) accreditation of this program in order to supply the region with certified Medical Laboratory Scientists who possess advanced skills and the abilities to adapt to future changes of the profession.
Students receive an in-depth education in clinical chemistry, clinical hematology, clinical immunohematology, clinical immunology, clinical microbiology and laboratory diagnostics. Lecture and laboratory courses in these areas are taught at the University, followed by clinical internships in each discipline in clinical laboratories. The academic program includes scientific and clinical knowledge using current methodology, instrumentation and techniques relevant to each area in laboratory medicine. In addition students are exposed to laboratory management, effective communication skills and research design. Students can elect to enroll in the five-year BS/MS program and take courses in their senior year that will count toward the master's degree.
Requirements of the Major
Upon graduation the Medical Technology option prepares students who are able to:
- Obtain certification as a Medical Laboratory Scientist from the American Society of Clinical Pathologist (ASCP) Board of Certification (BOC).
- Select and provide analytical and evaluative laboratory services based on scientific theory.
- Apply principles of clinical chemistry, immunology, hematology, and microbiology into critical thinking and trouble shooting of laboratory procedures and instrumentation
- Demonstrate leadership skills of accountability, education, and supervision.
- Communicate clinical information effectively both orally and in writing to patients and healthcare professionals
- Work safely with potential chemical and biological hazards using the standards established in the workplace chemical hygiene plan, safety manual, and the blood-borne pathogen policy
- Be admitted to and be successful in graduate/professional programs
- Advance in their profession