The Learning Experience
The 12-month program begins and ends each August. No more than four students are enrolled at a time, allowing for an extremely low student-to-teacher ratio that maximizes learning. Structured lectures combined with clinical practicums provide exceptional learning experiences. Program faculty include board-certified laboratory pathologists and medical technologists, many of whom hold specialty certifications.
The program curriculum includes phlebotomy; blood bank and transfusion medicine; microbiology, including mycology, parasitology, and virology; chemistry; hematology; hemostasis; urinalysis and body fluids analysis; immunology; education; and, management.
Students are measured in affective, cognitive and psychomotor achievement for each course. Students must pass each area of each course to successfully complete the program.
Clinical experience is carefully interwoven with classroom instruction to ensure sequenced reinforcement of theoretical concepts.
Upon successful completion of the program, students will possess entry-level competencies of the medical technologist role and are eligible to take national certification exams. Each student is awarded a certificate upon successful completion of the program. Graduation from the program is not contingent upon passing a certification exam.
For optimal success, medical technologists should pursue nationally accredited credentialing after completing the medical technologist program. The national certification exam, which is renewable every three years, certifies ongoing proficiency in the field.
Weekend and part-time work opportunities may be available after competency in the area is obtained, but no more than 12 hours per is week is advised. Students must remain in good academic standing. The program director can assist graduates in finding employment.