|Degree Level: Undergraduate
||College: Health Sciences
|Major : Medical Technology
||School: Medical Diagnostic & Translational Sciences
|Degree Earned: Bachelor of Science in Medical Technology
|Course Delivery Mode(s): Satellite, 2-Way, Video Stream
Medical Technology (B.S.M.T.)
The Medical Technology/Medical Laboratory Science program is fully accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS).
The program, the oldest health science program at the university, originated from two hospital-based programs that were started in the late 1920s and early 1930s at then DePaul and Norfolk General Hospitals. Leading to the B.S. in Medical Technology degree, this curriculum provides the fundamentals of a liberal education in the first years and professional studies in medical technology/medical laboratory science in the junior and senior years.
In the junior and senior years, pre-clinical laboratory training and didactic instruction at the University are integrated with clinical experience at several area hospitals and clinics. When the B.S. in Medical Technology (B.S.M.T.) degree requirements are successfully completed, the graduate is eligible for examination and certification through the Board of Certification of the American Society for Clinical Pathologists (ASCP).
A degree completion program and minor are available.
Students in their junior and senior years engage in clinical experience at several area hospitals and clinics. This gives students in the ODU program an edge, entering the workforce with practical skills and experience in the actual work environment.
Service learning projects are available such as the annual blood drive sponsored by students in the program.
The major responsibilities of a medical technologist/medical laboratory scientist sample analyses and the inrepretation, evaluation and validation of data obtained in medical laboratory disciplines.
Molecular diagnostics is an emerging laboratory discipline in which the application of sophisticated methodologies and techniques leads ot data used in the diagnosis, treatment and prognosis of genetic disorders, malignancies and infectious diseases.
Medical Laboratory Disciplines
- Chemistry - quantitative and qualitative analysis of chemical constituents of body fluids
- Hematology - analysis of blood cells and plasma proteins for abnormalities associated with disease
- Immunohematology - analysis of antigens and anibodies associated with the transfusion of blood components
- Immunology/serology - analysis of the body's immune response in relation to the diagnosis of infectious and non-infectious diseases
- Microbiology - identification and evaluation of bacteria, viruses, fungi and parasites associated with infectious diseases
- Urinalysis - physical, chemical and microscopic examination of the urine
Classes & Requirements
Medical technology/medical laboratory science is a challenging and rewarding healthcare profession. An essential member of the healthcare team, the medical technologist/medical laboratory scientist provides vital information about the status and function of the body and its systems. Students acquire the skills and knowledge needed to provide data, obtained by precision in struments and electronic equipment, that is utilized in the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of disease.
Associated responsibilities include:
- Instrument selection, operation, maintenance and troubleshooting
- Utilization of a computerized information system for data input, retrieval and analysis
- Quality control, quality assurance and performance improvement
- Inventory control
- Supervision of supportive personnel
- Education of students and other health care personnel
- Clinical research
Degree Completion Program
The degree completion program is available for laboratory practitioners who are former associate degree, hospital or military program graduates and who are currently employed in a full service clinical laboratory. The program builds on previously acquired strengths and accomplishments, allowing students to acquire advanced technical, managerial and problem-solving skills. The curriculum is designed to meet the needs of local and distant practitioners who seek a baccalaureate degree.
Next Steps & Admission
Admission to the Program
Students are not formally admitted into the Medical Technology (B.S.M.T.) program until the end of the sophomore year, when completion of all prerequisites is expected. Admission to the University does not constitute automatic admission to the program. Admission is competitive and is based upon evaluation of the following criteria:
- Completed program application form with goals statement
- Official transcripts from all universities and colleges attended
- Overal grade point average
- Biology and chemistry cumulative grade point average
- Three letters of recommendation (at least two from an academic source)
- Formal interview after initial pre-screening
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