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Curriculum Information Guide

Medical Technology

Dr. Karen Escolas, Chair
Medical Laboratory Technology Department
School of Health Sciences


Bachelor of Science Degree

The BS program in Medical Technology (BSMT) prepares graduates for a wide range of positions in the clinical laboratory profession. The curriculum includes development of the theoretical knowledge, technical skills, and problem-solving abilities necessary for entry into practice at the technologist level. While enrolled in the program, students experience a supportive learning environment in the Medical Laboratory Technology campus laboratories, where the theoretical background introduced during lecture sessions is linked to clinical laboratory practice through the development of technical proficiency. The educational experience includes clinical internships at local affiliated clinical laboratories in which the students are prepared for the transition into the clinical laboratory workplace.

The BS in Medical Technology program is specifically designed to meet the educational requirements for licensure as a Clinical Laboratory Technologist in New York State. As a result, graduates of the program will have the educational background that prepares them for the NYS licensure examination and will be eligible to apply for NYS licensure, a necessity to work in a clinical laboratory in New York State. The BS in Medical Technology program is also designed to meet the accreditation standards outlined by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Science (NAACLS). Accreditation of the BS program was awarded in 2013 so that graduates of the program are eligible to take the national certification examination offered by the American Society for Clinical Pathology Board of Certification (ASCP-BOC). Passing of this certification examination designates the graduate as MLS(ASCP). Traditionally, both program accreditation and graduate certification eligibility have been necessary components of programs in clinical laboratory science, and the achievement of certification is often a requirement for employment within the field throughout the United States.

All matriculated students must provide evidence of appropriate immunizations, as well as titers for measles, mumps, rubella, varicella, and Hepatitis B. It is strongly recommended that students who test negative for Hepatitis B receive the appropriate vaccine. A Mantoux test for tuberculosis is required on a yearly basis during program enrollment. Each student is also required to participate in a liability insurance policy provided by the college which will afford malpractice coverage during the time enrolled in the MT curriculum. Students are responsible for providing their own transportation to and from the clinical sites.  A laboratory fee that covers a lab coat, personal protective equipment, and other general supplies for use during laboratory sessions will be collected from students enrolled in all laboratory courses offered in the MLT department.

Students enrolled in the MLT program will have the opportunity to participate in the MLT Club on campus.

Please refer to the Safety and Technical Standards in the front section of the College catalog.

Typical Employment Opportunities

Graduates may obtain employment as medical technologists/clinical laboratory technologists in hospitals, private clinical laboratories, physician office laboratories, research and industry laboratories, and in the sales, development and technical support of clinical laboratory equipment and supplies.

Medical Technology (BS) Program Outcomes:

  • Graduates will be prepared with the knowledge and technical skills to obtain a NYS license and national certification at the technologist level of practice.
  • Graduates will be proficient in performing the full range of clinical laboratory tests in areas such as hematology, clinical chemistry, immunohematology, microbiology, serology/immunology, coagulation, molecular, and other emerging diagnostics.
  • Graduates will be prepared to play a role in the development and evaluation of test systems and interpretive algorithms.
  • Graduates will have diverse responsibilities in areas of analysis and clinical decision-making, regulatory compliance with applicable regulations, education, and quality assurance/performance improvement wherever laboratory testing is researched, developed or performed
  • Graduates will possess basic knowledge, skills, and relevant experiences in: Communications to enable consultative interactions with members of the healthcare team, external relations, customer service and patient education; Financial, operations, marketing, and human resource management of the clinical laboratory to enable cost-effective, high-quality, value-added laboratory services; Information management to enable effective, timely, accurate, and cost-effective reporting of laboratory-generated information, and; Research design/practice sufficient to evaluate published studies as an informed consumer.

This program is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Science (NAACLS), 5600 N. River Road, Suite 720, Rosemont, IL 60018-5119, www.naacls.org

Fall 2018- Subject to Revision
Liberal Arts and Sciences (68 credits)
EGL 101 Composition I: College Writing (GE) 3
EGL 102 Composition II: Writing About Literature 3
BIO 130 Principles of Biology (GE) 4
BIO 166 Principles of Human Anatomy & Physiology (GE) 4
BIO 343/344 Genetics with Laboratory 4
BIO 348/349 Cell Biology with Laboratory 4
BIO 441 Molecular Biology 5
CHM 152 General Chemistry I 4
CHM 153 General Chemistry II 4
CHM 260 Fundamentals of Organic Chemistry 4
CHM 380 Biochemistry 4
MTH 110 Statistics (GE) 3
MTH 117 Precalculus Modeling for the Life and Social Sciences 4
American/Other World/Western Civilization History (GE) 3
Social and Behavioral Science (GE) 3
The Arts (GE) 3
Basic Communication (GE) 3
Foreign Language (GE) 3
Humanities (GE) 3

Please refer to the General Education and Writing Intensive Requirement Sections of the College catalog and consult with your advisor to ensure that graduation requirements are satisfied.

Required: Medical Laboratory Technology (56 credits)
MLT 105 Medical Laboratory Techniques 2
MLT 227 Immunology & Serology 4
MLT 236 Histological Techniques 1
MLT 281 Practicum in Immunohematology 1
MLT 282 Practicum in Clinical Chemistry and Serology 1
MLT 283 Practicum in Hematology and Urinalysis 1
MLT 284 Practicum in Clinical Microbiology 1
MLT 320 Hematology I  4
MLT 325W Laboratory Management & Informatics 3
MLT 330 Immunohematology I 4
MLT 340 Clinical Chemistry I 4
MLT 350 Clinical Microbiology I 4
MLT 351 Clinical Microbiology II 4
MLT 420 Hematology II 4
MLT 421 Molecular Pathology 3
MLT 425 Laboratory Research & Education 3
MLT 430 Immunohematology II 3
MLT 440 Clinical Chemistry II 2
MLT 450 Clinical Microbiology III 3
MLT 481 Advanced Practicum in Immunohematology 1
MLT 482 Advanced Practicum in Chemistry & Hematology 1
MLT 483 Practicum in Molecular Pathology 1
MLT 484 Advanced Practicum in Clinical Microbiology 1

Total Credits:


The grade of “C” or better is required in all courses designated “MLT” as well as all science and math courses.

Curriculum Summary

Degree Type: BS
Total Required Credits: 124

Admission to Farmingdale State College - State University of New York is based on the qualifications of the applicant without regard to age, sex, marital or military status, race, color, creed, religion, national origin, disability or sexual orientation.