Medical Technology

The medical technology major is designed to prepare a student for work in a hospital or industrial laboratory after graduation. The most common setting for a medical technologist is as a hospital staff member who performs the laboratory tests on urine, blood, saliva and scraped cells. Because people's lives depend on the results of these tests, training for these positions is rigorous. However, the work is in an exciting environment, can be very rewarding and is in high demand.

About Medical Technology

The program for a medical technologist consists of seven biology courses, including microbiology and immunology, as well as five courses in chemistry, including biochemistry, plus statistics and computer science. After completing the classroom coursework, a year-long hands-on clinical internship at a School of Medical Technology, e.g., Saint Francis Hospital and Health Centers or Good Samaritan Hospital is required for licensing. To be licensed, a national test must be passed after the clinical internship. A license in medical technology opens the door to numerous careers.

Medical Technology Major - (52 credit hours)

A baccalaureate degree at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College requires at least 125 credit hours. In addition to general studies courses and electives, the medical technology major requires 52 credit hours of medtech focused coursework.

Required Courses

48 credit hours required; all courses listed.

A study of the major unifying concepts of biology at the molecular, cellular and organismic level, including a survey of the major groups of living organisms. Three classes plus one two-hour lab per week. Course fee applies.

A study of the major unifying concepts of biology at the molecular, cellular and organismic level, including a survey of the major groups of living organisms. Three classes plus one two-hour lab per week. Course fee applies. Prerequisite: BI141.

Study of the basic principles and phenomena of living organisms, interpretation of the various physio-chemical processes in animal and human metabolism; training in the physiological techniques. Designed principally for science majors. Three lectures and one two-hour laboratory. Course fee applies. Prerequisites: BI 141, BI 142, CH 115 and CH 116.

The structure, function and interaction of cellular constituents as they relate to the processes of growth, secretion, differentiation, and heredity. Includes a survey of current research techniques. Three lectures and one three-hour laboratory per week. Course fee applies. Prerequisites: BI 141, 142, CH 115 and 116. CH 222 is strongly recommended.

Introduction to basic principles of heredity and variation including classical, molecular and population genetics. Three lectures and one two-hour laboratory. Course fee applies. Prerequisites: BI 141 and BI 142.

Introduction to the nutrition, physiology and ecology of microorganisms (bacteria, yeasts, molds and viruses) including preparation of media, role of microorganisms in health and disease and methods of control. Three lectures and one two-hour laboratory. Course fee. Prerequisites: BI 141 and BI 142.

Basic concepts in immunology, medical microbiology and parasitological. Three lectures plus one two-hour laboratory.As needed. Course fee. Prerequisites: BI 141, BI 142, CH 115, and CH 116, or instructor‘s consent.

Introduces the basic chemical concepts of atomic structure, periodicity, and the chemical reactions of both gases and solutions, and the thermodynamics of these reactions. Three one-hour lectures and one three-hour laboratory. Course fee applies. Prerequisite: one year of high school chemistry or consent of professor.

A continuation of the concepts presented in CH 115 as they pertain to reaction thermodynamics, chemical equilibrium of acid-base and precipitation reactions as well as redox chemistry. The concepts behind solids, both salts and metallic, are also presented. A brief introduction to organic chemistry is included in the course topics. Three one-hour lectures and one three-hour laboratory. Course fee applies. Prerequisite: CH 115.

Studies the reactivity of functionalized hydrocarbons through the use of mechanism and orbital considerations. Unsaturated hydrocarbons as well as functional groups containing oxygen and sulfur are considered. Laboratory offers instruction in technique. Three one-hour lectures and one three-hour laboratory. Course fee applies. Prerequisite: CH 116.

Qualitative and quantitative study of the manifestations of energy in the kinetic theory of matter. Newtonian mechanics, wave motions, heat and thermodynamics, vibratory motion and sound, magnetism and electricity, light, modern physics and radioactivity. Course fee applies. Prerequisite: knowledge of algebra, trigonometry and vectors.

Qualitative and quantitative study of the manifestations of energy in the kinetic theory of matter. Newtonian mechanics, wave motions, heat and thermodynamics, vibratory motion and sound, magnetism and electricity, light, modern physics and radioactivity. Course fee applies. Prerequisite: knowledge of algebra, trigonometry and vectors.

Electives

Choose one (4 credit hours) from the following course options.

Continuation of CH 222 considering additional functional groups such as aromatics, carboxylic acids, esters, and amines. In addition to synthesis, the interpretation of organic spectra is used as a tool for critical thinking. Biochemistry topics that pertain to organic spectra are used as tools for critical thinking. Biochemistry topics that pertain to organic topics are introduced. Laboratory offers instruction in synthesis. Three one-hour lectures and laboratory. Course fee applies. Prerequisite: CH 222.

One semester introductory course designed to give students an appreciation of the dynamic nature of life processes. Chemistry of carbohydrates, lipids, proteins, nucleic acids and enzymes are studied and considered in their role in the metabolism. Some modern biochemical reactions and isolation of compounds from natural sources are included. Three lectures and one three-hour lab. Course fee applies. Prerequisites: CH 115 and CH 116, or consent of instructor.

General Studies

Medical Technology requires MA121 (Calculus I) or MA253 (Statistics) to be completed as a general studies requirement.

Information about Course Requirements
We do our best to keep this information updated, but you should always double-check to ensure you are meeting graduation requirements. For the most current course requirements please review the latest undergraduate college catalog.  Always consult your academic advisor when registering for courses or when you have questions about course requirements.

Medical technologist jobs include laboratory work in a number of industries including pharmaceutical, as well as positions related to food and agriculture.

With additional education, a biology major may enter the fields of:

  • Medicine 
  • Dentistry 
  • Pharmacy 
  • Optometry 
  • Physical therapy 
  • Environmental science 
  • Or a multitude of other scientific areas

This sequence of coursework may be combined with secondary education courses for certification to teach biology, or you may combine the major with other majors or minors, such as equine studies, computer information systems or psychology.

Career Opportunities for a Medical Technology Graduate

  • biology teacher 
  • biotechnologist 
  • botanist 
  • college biology professor 
  • ecologist 
  • environmental protection officer 
  • forest geneticist 
  • freshwater biologist
  • microbiologist 
  • mine reclamation scientist 
  • natural resources manager 
  • pharmaceutical sales 
  • physiologist 
  • research technician 
  • scientific photographer 
  • zoologist

Careers of SMWC Graduates

  • physician 
  • veterinarian 
  • zoo worker 
  • clinical science research assistant 
  • opthalmological research assistant 
  • chiropractor 
  • optometrist 
  • secondary education biology teacher 
  • high school principal
  • hospital medical technologist