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Medical Laboratory Sciences Department

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Medical Laboratory Sciences Department

The Marist Medical Technology Department offers students small classes and laboratories taught by dedicated full-time faculty. On-campus laboratories are designed to accommodate a maximum of 16 students at one time, while clinical rotations at affiliate sites have a one-to-one student to instructor ratio. Instructors at the clinical sites are practicing medical laboratory professionals. College faculty visit students at their internship sites on a weekly basis to coordinate educational activities with clinical instructors. Faculty are always readily available to students for review and further instruction, advising on academic, professional and career issues, and for general guidance. Science laboratories on campus are open to students beyond the normal class day for review of laboratory materials and general study. Faculty in the Department of Medical Laboratory Sciences want all students to succeed, and they provide a supportive learning environment in which to do so.

Why Study Medical Technology at Marist?

Medical Technology offers exciting educational and career opportunities for students wishing to combine an interest in the sciences with laboratory medicine. As vital members of the health-care team, medical technologists perform diagnostic laboratory tests used to prevent, diagnose, and treat disease.

Technologists have diverse career opportunities in hospital, university, government, and industrial laboratories. They represent the upper division of medical laboratory personnel and can pursue challenging positions in laboratory administration, specialized research, technical services, marketing, or education. Graduates are also qualified to enter graduate programs leading to masters and doctoral degrees. Medical Technology is a very good choice of undergraduate major for those interested in medical and other professional schools, as it provides an excellent foundation in diagnostic medicine.

Medical Technology at Marist

The Medical Technology Program at Marist is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS). Graduates are eligible for national certification as well as New York State licensure. The program represents a cooperative effort between the College and local clinical laboratories to provide a four-year curriculum leading to a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Medical Technology. Students are broadly educated in the liberal arts while taking courses in biology, chemistry, math, and computer science to prepare for advanced clinical courses. Students take clinical courses on campus and gain experience in a simulated medical laboratory. Clinical courses include Hematology, Clinical Microscopy, Immunohematology, Clinical Microbiology, and Clinical Chemistry.

The curriculum emphasizes an understanding of the pathogenesis and manifestation of diseases analyzed by laboratory testing and the theoretical principles supporting diagnostic tests. Students complete a six-month internship at an affiliated medical laboratory studying diagnostic evaluation and therapeutic monitoring of actual patient cases. They study side by side with professional medical technologists and are under the direct supervision of Marist faculty.