Medical Technology

About the Program

Among the many opportunities in the dynamic health care field, the Bachelor of Science in Medical Technology (also known as Clinical Laboratory Science) prepares a student for a position as a laboratory director. The technologist performs a wide range of clinical laboratory tests and procedures on various body fluids and tissues to determine the presence or absence of disease, to monitor response to treatment and to aid in health maintenance.

The field of medical technology is the medical application of the basic sciences. Principles of cellular biology, organic and biochemistry, microbiology, immunology and physiology are applied to clinical laboratory testing.

Students majoring in Medical Technology spend three years at the University of St. Francis taking liberal education and science courses followed by a 12-month professional phase at an affiliated hospital school. Students may transfer from a community college to complete their junior year at the University of St. Francis and then the 12-month clinical phase of study; however, one and a half to two years of study at the University of St. Francis is recommended prior to starting the clinical phase.

It is important to note that admission to the University of St. Francis does not guarantee admission to the professional phase of the program. Students will need to apply to the affiliated hospital program in the fall of their junior year to begin the following fall.

Currently we have three affiliated hospital programs:

 

Curriculum

Required Courses (72 – 75 semester hours in addition to General Education requirements)
BIOL 124/5 Principles of Biology I and Lab (4)
BIOL 211 Microbiology (5)
BIOL 252 Human Physiology (4)
BIOL 342 Immunology (3)
CHEM 121 General Chemistry I (5)
CHEM 122 General Chemistry II (5)
CHEM 224/5 Organic Chemistry I and Lab (5)
CHEM 322/3 Biochemistry and Lab (5)
MATH 105 Introduction to Statistics (3)
MEDT 345 Introduction to Medical Technology (3)
Professional Phase I and II (10 to 12 month clinical experience) (32)

 

The curriculum of the professional phase of the program is determined by the hospital-based program and may require additional tuition and fees beyond those charged to non-allied health majors. As of August 2014 USF is affiliated with three programs: Edward J. Hines VA Hospital (Hines, IL), St. Margaret Health (Hammond, IN) and OSF Saint Francis Medical Center (Peoria, IL). Admission to these programs is competitive and depends on successful application to the individual programs; therefore, it is recommended that the student apply to more than one program. These affiliations are subject to change without notice.

 

Courses listed below should be used as guides only, coursework may vary depending on the affiliated program that the student attends.

Professional Phase I
MEDT 410 Clinical Chemistry I (3)
MEDT 420 Clinical Hematology (5)
MEDT 430 Clinical Hemostasis (1)
MEDT 450 Clinical Immunology (3)
MEDT 460 Clinical Microbiology (2)
MEDT 470 Special Topics in Clinical Laboratory Science (1)
MEDT 480 Clinical Management and Education

 

Professional Phase I
MEDT 412 Clinical Chemistry II (5)
MEDT 440 Clinical Immunohematology (4)
MEDT 462 Clinical Microbiology (4)
MEDT 482 Clinical Microscopy (2)
MEDT 484 Clinical Parsitology and Mycology (1)

 

For more curriculum information

See the USF Catalog