MEDICAL TECHNOLOGY OPTION

Coordinator: Dr. Larry J. McCumber


     Medical technologists usually serve as technical assistants to pathologists, performing clinical laboratory procedures helpful to physicians in the determination of the nature, course and treatment of disease. A Bachelor of Science degree in biology with emphasis in medical technology at FMU is awarded after successful completion of 124 hours of classroom and laboratory work.

     A cooperative program with McLeod Regional Medical Center allows students to become medical technologists in four years. Students will complete their clinical studies during the senior year (3 + 1 program). Application to this program must be made during the junior year and acceptance is on a competitive basis and not guaranteed.

     Students may also elect to obtain a B.S. in Biology, with the appropriate prerequisites, and then apply to a medical technology program for their clinical year of study (4 + 1 program). This option would require 5 years of study.

     Students will be admitted to final year only if: 

  1. BulletThey have completed 3 academic years (or the equivalent) of undergraduate study including all General Education requirements;

  2. BulletThey have a minimum GPA of 2.6 in they biology, chemisty, physics, and mathematics courses.

  3. BulletThey have minimum overall GPA of 2.5.


     The Medical Technology (3+1 option) curriculum with a biology major and a chemistry minor is summarized below. Information on this page is subject to change, for the best information check your catalog.

     A student can complete the requirements for the degree to become a medical technologist in four years. The student is then eligible and must take the National Certification Exam from the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP).



Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Biology-Medical Technology (3+1) Option

  1. BulletCommunications

  2. BulletENG 112

  3. BulletENG 200

  4. BulletSPCH 101

  5. BulletSocial Sciences

  6. BulletPOL 101 or POL 103

  7. Choose two courses:

  8. BulletSocial Science Elective (course in ECON, GEOG, POL, or SOCI)

  9. BulletSocial Science Elective (course in ECON, GEOG, POL, or SOCI)

  10. BulletHumanities

  11. BulletHistory Course

  12. BulletLiterature Course

  13. BulletArt Appreciation Course (ART 101 or MU 101)

  14. BulletHumanities Elective (course in HIST, LIT, ART, MU, THEA, or PRS)

  15. BulletMath

  16. BulletMATH 111

  17. BulletMATH 132

  18. BulletMATH 134

  19. BulletBiology

  20. BulletBIOL 105

  21. BulletBIOL 115

  22. BulletBIOL 106

  23. BulletBIOL 311

  24. BulletBIOL 401

  25. BulletBIOL 407

  26. BulletBiology Elective

  27. BulletBIOL 495 (Medical Technology Internship 1)*

  28. BulletBIOL 496 (Medical Technology Internship 2)*

  29. *See specific details below about the final year at McLeod Medical Center.

  30. BulletChemistry

  31. BulletCHEM 101

  32. BulletCHEM 102

  33. BulletCHEM 201

  34. BulletCHEM 202

  35. BulletCHEM 203

  36. BulletPhysics

  37. BulletPHYS 215

  38. BulletPHYS 216

  39. BulletTotal hours required for graduation is 124



More information regarding the final year at McLeod Medical Center

     The Medical Technology Internship courses (BIOL 495 & BIOL 496) involve 51 weeks at McLeod Medical Center, integrating classroom lectures with practical laboratory experiences. Students receive hands-on experience in each department of the clinical laboratory. Schedules are rotated to give students several weeks to learn the basic techniques of each department. A sample curriculum is shown below.


  1. BulletMedical Technology Courses (30 hours total)

  2. BulletMT 405 - Clinical Hematology (4)

  3. BulletMT 410 - Clinical Hemostasis (2)

  4. BulletMT 415 - Instrumentation and Methods (2)

  5. BulletMT 420 - Clinical Chemistry (4)

  6. BulletMT 425 - Clinical Microbiology (4)

  7. BulletMT 430 - Mycology, Parasitology, and Virology (3)

  8. BulletMT 440 - Clinical Microscopy (2)

  9. BulletMT 450 - Immunohematology (4)

  10. BulletMT 455 - Clinical Immunology (3)

  11. BulletMT 460 - Medical Laboratory Systems (2)


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