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Medical Technology Major
Note: Effective fall semester 2007, the Clinical Laboratory Science program (page 75) replaced the Medical Technology Program (MEDT). Students currently majoring in MEDT will be able to complete the program and graduate with a B. S. major in Medical Technology.
WSU DIRECTORS, MEDICAL TECHNOLOGY
Dr. Judith A. Loewen; B.S., University of Minnesota, Minneapolis; University of Minnesota, Medical School, Board Certified-Infectious Diseases Specialist; M.S., University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire; Ph.D., Mayo Graduate School of Medicine, Rochester, MN
Dr. Frances R. Ragsdale; B.S., Eastern Oregon State College; M.S., Southeastern Louisiana University; Ph.D., University of Idaho, 1993 –
Note: ASCP = American Society of Clinical Pathologists
Community Memorial Hospital, Winona, Minnesota
Dennis Coon, MT (ASCP), Laboratory Director
†Edward Hines Jr. VA Hospital, Hines, Illinois
Donna M. Wray, MT (ASCP), Program Director
†Hennepin County Medical Center (HCMC), Minneapolis, Minnesota
Robin Montegomery, MSEd, MT (ASCP), SBB, Program Director
†Marshfield Clinic, Marshfield, Wisconsin
Julie Seehafer, MT (ASCP), Program Director
†Mercy Hospital Medical Center, Des Moines, Iowa
Kyla Diebler, MT (ASCP), Program Director
†Sacred Heart Hospital, Eau Claire, Wisconsin
Jim Sorenson, MT (ASCP), Program Director
†University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, North Dakota
Ruth Paur, MS, MT (ASCP), CLS, (NCA), Program Director
Mary Ann Sens, MD, PhD, Professor and Chairman
†University of Iowa, Des Moines, Iowa
Judith Kittleson, MT (ASCP), Site Coordinator
†Schools with which WSU has affiliated internship programs
CAREER OPPORTUNITIES AND REQUIREMENTS
The Medical Technology Program is a four-year course of instruction leading to the degree of Bachelor of Science in Medical Technology. After completing board examinations, individuals with a degree in medical technology find employment in clinical settings, where they are responsible for routine laboratory tests on body fluids. Frequently, at a large hospital or clinic, an individual will work primarily in one area of expertise, such as maintaining a blood bank. Many smaller institutions assign more diverse duties to broadly trained medical technologists. First-year medical technology majors must consult with a program director soon after arrival on campus. The first three years consist of intensive coursework in the basic sciences. The fourth year is a one-year clinical internship at an approved school of medical technology.
It should be noted that acceptance into the fourth year of training is not automatic upon completion of the third year at WSU. Entry into the clinical phase of study is competitive. Candidates are more likely to be selected if they complete the course of study outlined below with a minimum GPA of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale). Affiliated institutions select students on the basis of academic achievement and their potential as medical technologists. The latter is determined through a personal interview with appropriate officials at approved schools of medical technology. Final approval is decided by clinical admission boards. Students accepting an invitation for clinical training in medical technology from an approved institution will complete the training required for graduation at that institution. WSU will assess tuition on a semester basis, and students will be evaluated each semester. Tuition for the clinical internship year is higher than that assessed for non-clinical semesters. This increase helps defray the costs of a clinical education.
Following the successful completion of the clinical fourth year, the student is granted the degree of Bachelor of Science with a major in medical technology. Upon satisfactory completion of the program, as determined by the clinical affiliate, the student is eligible to apply for examination by two certifying agencies:
• National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Science (NAACLS)
• Committee on Allied Health Education and Accreditation (CAHEA).
Certification completes the experience and makes the graduate eligible for employment opportunities in the clinical setting.
Note: Students expecting to complete the WSU requirements within a three-year period should consult with a program director prior to registration. All student programs (schedules) must be approved each semester by a Director of Medical Technology. To complete this program within four years, students must take 17 to 19 credits per semester. Some students opt for a slower pace by completing their WSU courses in four years, followed by clinical studies during their fifth year. Currently, all clinical internships start in the summer or fall, depending on the clinical setting.
UNIVERSITY STUDIES FLAG REQUIREMENTS
Students may use flag courses to satisfy both University Studies and major requirements. Flag courses will usually be in the student’s major or minor program. The Biology Department offers the following flag courses in the University Studies Program:
Oral # BIOL 307 Cell Biology Laboratory (1)
BIOL 309 Developmental Biology (3)
BIOL 315 Environmental Biology (3)
BIOL 409 General Microbiology (4)
BIOL 423 Ecosystem Ecology (3)
BIOL 460 General Parasitology (3)
BIOL 462 Parasitology (4)
Math/Critical Analysis #
BIOL 310 Genetics (3)
BIOL 308 Cell Biology (3)
BIOL 323 General Physiology (5)
BIOL 415 Ecology of Large Rivers (4)
BIOL 431 Molecular Biology Lab (4)
BIOL 445 Immunology (3)
BIOL 499 Capstone Project (1-3)
Flag courses that can be used to satisfy medical technology major requirements are identified in the lists of required courses and electives in this section.
B.S. MAJOR - MEDICAL TECHNOLOGY (MEDT)
REQUIRED COURSES (124 - 126 S.H.)
UNIVERSITY STUDIES COURSES (30 S.H.)
Note: A number of courses required by the medical technology major also satisfy requirements of the University Studies Program. Students should consult with their academic advisor for more information.
MAJOR AREA COURSES (30-32 S.H.)
Required Biology Courses – BIOL (25 S.H.)
241 Basics of Life (4)
242 Organismal Diversity (4)
# 308 Cell Biology (3)
# 307 Cell Biology Lab (1)
# 409 General Microbiology (4)
443 Urinalysis (1)
444 Immunochemistry and Hematology (2)
# 445 Immunology (3)
# 460 Parasitology (3)
Note: BIOL 241 and 242 should be taken prior to BIOL 308 and BIOL 307.
MAJOR ELECTIVES (5-7 S.H.)
Biology – BIOL
# 310 Genetics (3)
201 Human Anatomy (4)
# 323 General Physiology (5)
Statistics – STAT
305 Biometry (4) (Required by Sacred Heart)
ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS (32-34 S.H.)
Chemistry – CHEM (16 S.H.)
* 212 Principles of Chemistry I (4)
* 213 Principles of Chemistry II (4)
340 Organic Chemistry Survey (4) OR CHEM 350 Principles of
Organic Chemistry I (4) and CHEM 351 Principles of
Organic Chemistry II (5)
400 Biochemistry I (4) (Required by HCMC; recommended by most other affiliates.) OR
425 Analytical Chemistry I (4) OR
CHEM 426 Analytical Chemistry II (4)
Mathematics – MATH (4-6 S.H.)
120 Precalculus, Functions and Graphs (4) OR
150 Modeling Using Precalculus and Statistics (3) AND
155 Calculus Based Modeling (3)
Physics – PHYS (8 S.H.)
* 201 General Physics I (4)
202 General Physics II (4)
Note: *PHYS 221 and *PHYS 222 may be taken in place of the above series. However, be aware that MATH 160 is a prerequisite for PHYS 221 and that this substitution may prevent completion of the major in four years.
CLINICAL EDUCATION – BIOL (32 S.H.)
450 Medical Technology I (12)
451 Medical Technology II (12)
452 Medical Technology III (4)
453 Medical Technology IV (4)
Note: The clinical training can be completed at any NAACLS-approved clinical training site.
Some clinical schools require a course in statistics; therefore, it is recommended that students select STAT 305 as an elective in the “Major Electives” above.