WHAT IS A MEDICAL TECHNOLOGIST?
A medical technologist performs various chemical, microscopic, bacteriologic, immunologic and other medical laboratory procedures used by a physician for determining the presence and extent of disease. Approximately two-thirds of all medical technologists are employed in hospital laboratories. Others work in physicians offices, armed forces and government laboratories and pharmaceutical houses.
The student must have a solid background in chemistry and biology. The curriculum involves three years of work embracing general education, chemistry, biology, and some physics and mathematics at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania. This is followed by 12 months of study, including didactic and practical training at an accredited medical center. Upon completion of the training, Edinboro University awards the student the degree of Bachelor of Science in Medical Technology and the student is eligible for the national certification examination given by the Board of Registry of the American Society of Clinical Pathologists. Recent Edinboro graduates have a greater than 90% pass rate on this examination.
MEDICAL TECHNOLOGY CURRICULUM
The medical technology program at Edinboro University requires 120 semester hours of credit. This includes the general education credits required of all students, the science and mathematics courses required for admission to the hospital training, and 32 semester hours for the year spent at the hospital.
Skills 12 semester hours
ENGL101 College Writing Skills (3)
ENGL102 Specialized College Writing and Research Skills (3)
MATH260 Elements of Statistics (3)
CSCI104, higher CSCI or discipline specific computer based course (3)
Core 18 sem. hrs.
Three semester hours from each of the following categories:
1. Artistic Expression
2. World Civilizations
3. American Civilizations
4. Human Behavior
5. Cultural Diversity and Social Pluralism
Required Courses 48 sem. hrs.
BIOL312 Human Physiology and Anatomy I (4)
BIOL313 Human Physiology and Anatomy II (4)
BIOL318 Microbiology (4)
BIOL561 Clinical Microbiology (4)
BIOL562 Basic Immunology (1)
CHEM140 General Chemistry (4)
CHEM301 General Organic Chemistry (4)
CHEM302 General Biochemistry (4)
CHEM310 Quantitative Analysis (4)
PHYS201 Physics I (4)
PHYS202 Physics II (4)
MATH107 Precalculus Mathematics (4)
MATH260 Elements of Statistics (3)
Humanities and Fine Arts 3 sem. hrs.
Social and Behavioral Sciences 3 sem. hrs.
Health and Physical Education 3 sem. hrs.
Electives 1 sem. hr.
Specialization in Medical Technology 32 sem. hrs.
MEDT402 Clinical Chemistry (8)
MEDT405 Medical Bacteriology (6)
MEDT406 Blood Banking (3)
MEDT407 Hematology and Coagulation (5)
MEDT409 Medical Parasitology and Virology (2)
MEDT411 Serology and Immunology (4)
MEDT412 Clinical Microscopy (2)
MEDT422 Medical Mycology (2)
Total 120 sem. hrs.
TRAINING IN THE HOSPITAL
The fourth or clinical year of training in an approved hospital includes lectures and supervised laboratory experience, using samples from actual patients, in the following subjects: urinalysis, hematology, clinical biochemistry, serology and immunology, immunohematology (Blood Bank), parasitology, isotopes, bacteriology, virology, and mycology.
Edinboro University is affiliated with the Saint Vincent Health Center (Erie, Pennsylvania), WCA Hospital (Jamestown, NY), and St. Christopher's Hospital for Children (Philadelphia, PA), but students are not limited to training at these hospitals. They may also apply to other NAACLS-accredited programs. We have had students at hospitals in Connecticut, Florida, New York, Georgia, Virginia, and Ohio.
ADMISSION TO THE PROGRAM
Students are admitted provisionally to the Medical Technology curriculum. They must maintain a minimum 2.5 (C+) average in the required science courses and in all courses combined during the first two years before being admitted to upper division status. Generally, students accepted into hospital training will have a 3.0 (B) or better average.
Total costs for the first three years in the Medical Technology program are the same as those charged for all other majors. During the fourth year, however, when the student studies in the hospital, only a minimal fee is charged by the University. Additional monies may be required by the hospital as an instructional fee.