Structured Programs in Specialty Areas For Biology Majors

There is a serious nationwide shortage of medical laboratory professionals which is projected to continue for the next decade. In order to address the demand for qualified medical technologists, the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) is supporting the offering of structured programs in the four specialty areas of medical technology (i.e. Blood Banking, Clinical Chemistry, Hematology and Clinical Microbiology) to students majoring in biology. Biology majors opting for education and training in a medical technology discipline must have the same educational experiences in a NAACLS accredited program as a medical technology major. Biology majors who have met the Marist medical technology coursework and internship requirements for a medical technology discipline are therefore eligible for ASCP Board examination and certification in that discipline.

Completion of a structured program in a medical technology discipline, coupled with ASCP Board certification, affords job security and opens up exciting career opportunities in diagnostic and industrial laboratories. Biology majors who achieve certification hold the title of Blood Bank Technologist, Chemistry Technologist, Hematology Technologist or Microbiology Technologist, depending on the chosen area of study.

Medical Technology Discipline Course Requirements

Blood Banking
  • BIOL 315 Immunology
  • MEDT 340 Clinical Immunology/Immunohematology I
  • MEDT 440 Clinical Immunology/Immunohematology II
Clinical Chemistry
  • MEDT 305 Clinical Chemistry I
  • MEDT 405 Clinical Chemistry II
  • MEDT 345 Clinical Microscopy I
  • MEDT 445 Clinical Microscopy II
Hematology
  • MEDT 315 Hematology I
  • MEDT 410 Hematology II
  • MEDT 345 Clinical Microscopy I
  • MEDT 445 Clinical Microscopy II
Clinical Microbiology
  • BIOL 312 Microbiology
  • BIOL 421 Parasitology
  • MEDT 301 Clinical Microbiology I
  • MEDT 401 Clinical Microbiology II
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Students in structured programs must maintain a minimum grade point average of 2.5 in all required science and math courses in order to be eligible for an internship. They also will be required to fulfill the same phlebotomy requirements as the medical technology majors during clinical training. Internships, which begin in June and end in December, are complemented by an advanced lecture series on campus. Medical technology majors will be given first priority for internship placement if there are an insufficient number of internship slots due to increased class sizes.

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