B.S. in Medical Technology
The courses prescribed by the American Society for Clinical Pathology are completed in the first three years. Following this, application must be made to an approved program for a 12- to 15-month training period, which qualifies a student for admittance to the examination of the Board of Registry. The Bachelor of Science degree is awarded upon the completion of the clinical program.
Medical technologists play a critical role in patient care, providing key laboratory data for the diagnosis of diseases, management of patient therapy and health maintenance. They perform complicated chemical, biological, hematological, microscopic and bacteriological tests. For example, medical technologists microscopically examine blood and other body fluids, make cultures of fluid or tissues the samples, use computers to verify and organize lab data, and analyze the samples for chemical content or reaction. They require skills in using state-of-the-art technology and instrumentation, as well as excellent organizational, problem solving and communication skills.
Medical technologists have the versatility to be employed in a variety of settings, including hospitals, independent laboratories, clinics, physicians' offices, local/state and government agencies, pharmaceutical and cosmetic firms, veterinary offices, and research institutions.
This major is offered on both Fairleigh Dickinson Campuses. A total of 120 credits is required for the degree, which includes course work in medical technology, mathematics, biology, chemistry, english and the humanities. Sample courses in the major include: Introduction to Medical Technology; Clinical Chemistry; Coagulation; Clinical Microbiology; Clinical Physiology; Organic chemistry, Clinical Microscopy; Medical Microbiology; Hematology; Immuno-hematology/Blood Banking; Immunology/Serology; Instrumentation; andLaboratory Management.
Clinical Laboratory Experience
Six semesters of college work are required for admission to this hospital program. At the end of the sixth semester, students may apply to a program of medical technology approved by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS). Students will select their laboratory affiliations in consultation with the faculty adviser. A clinical training program is required of students who wish to qualify for the examinations given by the Board of Registry of the American Society for Clinical Pathology (A.S.C.P.) for the certification as a medical technologist.
Admission to the schools is clearly competitive. If students are not selected for hospital internship during the fourth year, an option may be chosen to continue for a B.S. in biology. Toward the completion of this degree, students may again apply for hospital internship.
The University now has affiliations with five approved programs of medical technology as listed below. Upon the successful completion of a 12- to 15-month training period, students are eligible to receive 32 credits toward the Bachelor of Science degree. The approved programs offer similar programs of training, although conditions may vary slightly from site to site.
Students report to the laboratory five days a week. A two-week vacation period is suggested by the A.S.C.P. and is customary.Students should expect to work under supervision and to have reference books available. MEDT4205 and MEDT4206 Clinical Laboratory Education carry a course fee for fall and spring.
The affiliated programs of medical technology in New Jersey are as follows:
Affiliated Programs and Officials
Mark Krumerman, M.D., Director
Mary Jane Schaefer, M.T. (A.S.C.P.)
Louis J. Zinterhofer, M.D., Director
John A. Mihok, M.T. (A.S.C.P.), S.M.,
Jerry Rothenberg, M.D., Director
Drew Minardi CLS (A.S.C.P.), M.S.,
Deborah Josko, Ph.D. MLT (A.S.C.P.)
Elaine Keohane, Ph.D., M.S., M.T.
Valley Hospital, Ridgewood, New Jersey