Overview

Are you interested in working in a hospital or industrial laboratory? The medical technology major at SMWC will prepare you for a rewarding and in-demand career, which most often involves the processing of laboratory tests that doctors and patients depend on.

The medtech program 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.

Major

In addition to Woods Core courses and electives, the medical technology major requires 52 credit hours of coursework.

Required Courses

48 credit hours required; All courses listed.

BI 141/142 Principles of Biology I/II
Campus | 4 each Credits
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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 one-hour lectures and one two-hour lab per week. Fall (141) and Spring (142), every year. Course fee.

Campus 4 each Credits
BI 334 Physiology
Campus | 4 Credits
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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 one-hour lectures and one two-hour lab per week. Course fee. Prerequisites: BI 141, BI 142, CH 115 and CH 116.

Campus 4 Credits
BI 336 Cell Biology
Campus | 4 Credits
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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 one-hour lectures and one two-hour lab per week. Course fee. Prerequisites: BI 141, BI 142, CH 115 and CH 116. CH 222 is strongly recommended.

Campus 4 Credits
BI 342 Genetics
Campus | 4 Credits
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Introduction to basic principles of heredity and variation including classical, molecular and population genetics. Three one-hour lectures and one two-hour lab per week. Course fee. Prerequisites: BI 141 and BI 142.

Campus 4 Credits
BI 351 Microbiology
Campus | 4 Credits
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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 one-hour lectures and one two-hour lab per week. Course fee. Prerequisites: BI 141 and BI 142.

Campus 4 Credits
BI 352 Medical Biology
Campus | 4 Credits
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Basic concepts in immunology, medical microbiology and parasitology. Three one-hour lectures and one two-hour lab per week. As needed. Course fee. Prerequisites: BI 141, BI 142, CH 115 and CH 116, or consent of instructor.

Campus 4 Credits
CH 115 General Chemistry I
Campus | 4 Credits
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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 lab per week. Fall, every year. Course fee. Prerequisite: One year of high school chemistry or consent of instructor.

Campus 4 Credits
CH 116 General Chemistry II
Campus | 4 Credits
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A continuation of the concepts presented in CH 115 as they pertain to reaction kinetics, thermodynamics, and equilibrium and acid-base and precipitation, and redox reactions. The concepts behind solids and liquids are also presented. A brief introduction to organic chemistry is included in the course topics. Three one-hour lectures and one three-hour lab per week. Spring, every year. Course fee. Prerequisite: CH 115.

Campus 4 Credits
CH 222 Organic Chemistry I
Campus | 4 Credits
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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 lab per week. Fall, every year. Course fee. Prerequisite: CH 116.

Campus 4 Credits
PY 220/221 General Physics I/II
Campus | 4 each Credits
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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. Three one-hour lectures and one two-hour lab per week. Course fee. Prerequisite: Knowledge of algebra, trigonometry and vectors.

Campus 4 each Credits

Electives

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

CH 322 Organic Chemistry II
Campus | 4 Credits
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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 one three-hour lab per week. Spring, every year. Course fee. Prerequisite: CH 222.

Campus 4 Credits
CH 323 Biochemistry
Campus | 4 Credits
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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 metabolism. Some modern biochemical reactions and isolation of compounds from natural sources are included. Three lectures and one three-hour lab. Course fee. Prerequisites: CH 222 and CH 322, or consent of instructor.

Campus 4 Credits

Woods Core

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.

Career Paths

Medical technology jobs include laboratory work in a number of industries including healthcare and pharmaceutical. Your potential careers can include:

  • Laboratory technical supervisor
  • Medical technologist
  • Medical lab scientist
  • Clinical lab scientist
  • Medical appliance technician
  • Veterinary technician