Guidelines for admission into the year-long program include:
- A minimum of 90 semester hours of study in an accredited college or university.
- Chemistry (organic and/or biochemistry must be included)
- Biological science including microbiology and immunology
- The content of chemistry and biological science courses must be acceptable toward a major in those fields or in medical technology or must be certified by the college or university as equivalent, including advanced placement and transfer courses. Courses in Statistics, Anatomy/Physiology and Genetics/Molecular Biology are recommended
- A minimum grade point average of 2.8 overall and 2.5 in chemistry and biological sciences.
- Completion of all required pre-clinical medical technology courses and eligibility for a baccalaureate degree from the affiliated college or university.
- Transcript credit evaluation by the Program Director and by the coordinator at the students affiliated college or university.
Foreign degree applicants who did not receive a biological
science or chemistry degree need to complete 24 semester hours
of course work in both disciplines.
Applicants who met the programs minimum requirements seven
or more years before actual application must update their course
work in microbiology and biochemistry. Bachelor of Science
degree biology graduates who meet the above criteria are also
eligible for admission.
No credits are given for experiential learning unless approved by the college or university.
Ability to Meet Essential Functions of Program
The student must, with or without reasonable accommodation, have sufficient:
- Visual acuity to be able to identify microscopic structures, cells, organisms and color recognition; to operate analytical instruments appropriately and safely without substantially endangering students, coworkers and patients.
- Fine motor skills and manual dexterity to obtain and manipulate specimens, reagents, instruments and analytical equipment according to established guidelines with speed, accuracy, precision and in a manner that does not endanger others.
- Communication skills to effectively convey and/or explain results to other health care personnel, both within and outside the laboratory.
- Interactive skills to maintain cooperative and productive working relationships with patients and other health care personnel.
- Emotional stability to exercise appropriate judgment in responding to emergency situations that may present in the health care environment.
- Ability to effectively handle stressful situations.
- Ability, with or without reasonable accommodation, to safely perform all core tasks required of a medial laboratory scientist
Fees and Expenses
The tuition fee for the program is reviewed annually. Other
student expenses include textbooks and living expenses. Information
regarding fees is made available at the time of formal application.