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Medical Technology

About the Program

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Medical Technology/Medical Laboratory Science is a challenging and rewarding healthcare profession. Technologists work in a variety of clinical settings as laboratory scientists, specialists, educators, managers, and researchers. An essential member of the healthcare team, the Medical Technologist/Medical Laboratory Scientist provides vital information about the status and function of the body and its systems.

The data, obtained by precision instruments and electronic equipment, is utilized in the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of disease. The major responsibilities of a Medical Technologist/Medical Laboratory Scientist include sample analyses and the interpretation, evaluation, and validation of data obtained in the following clinical laboratory disciplines:

  • Chemistry - quantitative and qualitative analysis of chemical constituents of body fluids
  • Hematology - analysis of blood cells and plasma proteins for abnormalities associated with disease
  • Immunohematology - analysis of antigens and antibodies associated with the transfusion of blood components
  • Immunology/Serology - analysis of the body's immune response in relation to the diagnosis of infectious and non-infectious diseases
  • Microbiology - identification and evaluation of bacteria, viruses, fungi, and parasites associated with infectious diseases
  • Urinalysis - physical, chemical, and microscopic examination of the urine.

Molecular Pathology/Diagnostics is an emerging laboratory discipline in which the application of sophisticated methodologies and techniques leads to data used in the diagnosis, treatment, and prognosis of genetic disorders, malignancies, and infectious diseases.
Associated responsibilities include:

  • Instrument selection, operation, maintenance and troubleshooting.
  • Utilization of a computerized information system for data input, retrieval and analysis
  • Quality control, quality assurance and performance improvement
  • Inventory control
  • Supervision of supportive personnel
  • Education of students and other health care personnel
  • Clinical research

The Medical Technology/Medical Laboratory Science Program at Old Dominion University, the oldest health science program at the university, originated from two hospital-based programs that were started in the late 1920s and early 1930s at DePaul Hospital and Norfolk General Hospital. The program is fully accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS).

5600 N. River Rd.
Suite 720
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Ph # (773)-714-8880
http://www.naacls.org/

In 1972 Old Dominion University's Medical Technology/Medical Laboratory Science Program was the first in Virginia to institute the innovative two-plus-two curriculum. Leading to the B.S. in Medical Technology degree, this curriculum provides the fundamentals of a liberal education in the first years and professional studies in Medical Technology/Medical Laboratory Science in the junior and senior years. In the junior and senior years, pre-clinical laboratory training and didactic instruction at the university are integrated with clinical experience at several area hospitals and clinics.

When the B.S. in Medical Technology (BSMT) degree requirements are successfully completed, the graduate is eligible for examination and certification through the Board of Certification of the American Society for Clinical Pathologists (ASCP).

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MLT to MT Articulation

Articulation into the BSMT Program is available to individuals who are graduates of a formal laboratory training program. Students with previous laboratory training may complete the degree by completing courses in the traditional BSMT Program or the BSMT Weekend Program. Advanced placement will be based on educational background and work experience.

Weekend Program

The BSMT Weekend Program is available for laboratory practitioners who are former associate degree, hospital or military program trainees and who are currently employed in a full service clinical laboratory. The program builds on previously acquired strengths and accomplishments, allowing students to acquire advanced technical, managerial, and problem-solving skills. The weekend curriculum is designed to meet the needs of local and distant practitioners who seek a baccalaureate degree. Program and university required courses are available on weekends and through Teletechnet.

A minor in Medical Technology/Medical Laboratory Science requires a minimum of twelve (12) credit hours of MEDT courses. Students may choose courses from a specific discipline or from several disciplines. Selection of a minor program of study is done in consultation with a Program Faculty Advisor.


Minor Programs of Study

Hematology

  • MEDT 311 (Hematology)

  • MEDT 312 (Hematology Lab)

  • MEDT 327 (Hemostasis/Advanced Hematology)

  • MEDT 337 (Hemostasis/Advanced Hematology Lab)

  • MEDT/CYTO* Electives

* MEDT 401 / CYTO 404 (General Pathology)

Microbiology

  • MEDT 308 (Clinical Microbiology)

  • MEDT 307 (Clinical Methods in Microbiology)

  • MEDT 309 (Medical Microbiology)

  • MEDT 319 (Medical Bacteriology Methods)

  • MEDT 340/339 (Medical Parasit./Mycol./Viro.)
    or
    MEDT 330/331 (Clinical Immunology/Serology)

Clinical Chemistry

  • MEDT 324 (Clinical Instrumentation & Elec.)

  • MEDT 325 (Clinical Instrumentation Methods)

  • MEDT 351 (Clinical Biochemistry)

  • MEDT 310 (Urinalysis & Body Fluids)

  • MEDT 313 (Diagnostic Methods in Urinalysis)

  • MEDT/CYTO* Electives

* MEDT 401/ CYTO 404 (General Pathology)


Immunohematology

  • MEDT 330 (Clinical Immunohematology & Serology)

  • MEDT 331 (Clinical Immunohematology & Serology Lab)

  • MEDT 311 (Hematology)

  • MEDT 312 (Hematology Lab)

  • MEDT 326 (Immunohematology)

  • MEDT 336 (Immunohematology Lab)

  • MEDT/CYTO Elective*

* MEDT 401 / CYTO 404 (General Pathology)

General Clinical Laboratory
  • MEDT 311 (Hematology)

  • MEDT 312 (Hematology Lab)

  • MEDT 351 (Clinical Biochemistry)

  • MEDT 310 (Urinalysis & Body Fluids)

  • MEDT 313 (Diagnostic Methods in Urinalysis)

  • MEDT/CYTO* Electives

* MEDT 401 / CYTO 404 (General Pathology


Admission

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Full admission to Old Dominion University is required prior to admission to the program. Students are not formally admitted into the Medical Technology/Clinical Laboratory Science Program until the end of the sophomore year, when completion of all pre-requisites is expected. Admission to the University does not constitute automatic admission to the program. Admission is competitive and is based upon evaluation of the following criteria:

  • Completed program application form with goals statement.

  • Official transcripts from all Universities and Colleges attended.

  • Overall grade point average.

  • Biology and Chemistry cumulative grade point average.

  • Three letters of recommendation (at least two must be from an academic source).

  • Formal Interview after initial pre-screening.

Qualified students are interviewed by the Medical Technology/Clinical Laboratory Science Advisory Committee, whose decision is final. All application materials must be received by February 1 for students desiring to enter the following fall term. It is the responsibility of the student to see that all application materials have been received. Prospective students who desire entry after the deadline should contact the Program Director. Students not in the program are allowed to take the pre-clinical courses on a space-available basis.
The program application and reference forms are available for download:
* MT Program Application [PDF]
* MT Reference Form [PDF]

Technical Standards are fundamental abilities necessary to successfully complete the academic and clinical requirements of the program.

Information on MLT to MT articulation, the BSMT Weekend Program, certification examinations, and application packets for the Medical Technology/Clinical Laboratory Science Program may be obtained by contacting the:
School of Medical Diagnostics and Translational Sciences
2118 Health Sciences Building
Old Dominion University
Norfolk, VA 23529-0050
(757) 683-3589

For information and forms concerning application to the University contact the:
Office of Admissions
Old Dominion University
Norfolk, VA 23529-0050
(757) 683-3685
The university application is also available on-line

For information and instructions on obtaining financial aid contact the:
Office of Student Financial Aid
Old Dominion University
Norfolk, VA 23529-0050
(757) 683-3683
Information and instructions are also available on-line

Curriculum

First Year-Fall
ENGL 110C-Composition 3
CHEM 121N-/122N-Found. of Chemistry 4
BIOL 115N -General Biology 4
MATH-102M* or higher
3
First Year-Spring
Fine Arts** 3
CHEM 123N/124N-Found. of Chemistry 4
History** 3
ENGL Composition II 3
Second Year-Fall
CHEM 211-Organic Chemistry 3
CHEM 212-Organic Chemistry Lab 2
Social Sciences** 3
MEDT 210-Orient. to Med. Tech
1
BIOL 250-Human Anat. & Physio I 4
Second Year-Spring
STAT 103M-Statistics 3
Information Literacy & Research** 3
Literature** 3
BIOL 251-Human Anat. & Physio. II 4
Third Year-Fall
MEDT 307-Clinical Methods in Micro
2
MEDT 308-Clinical Microbiology 3
MEDT 311-Hematology 3
MEDT 312-Hematology Lab 1
MEDT 324-Clinical Instr. & Elec. 3
MEDT 325-Clinical Instr. Methods 1
MEDT 330-Clinical Immuno.Serology 2
MEDT 331-Clinical Immuno/Sero Lab
1
Third Year-Spring
MEDT 309-Medical Bacteriology 3
MEDT 319-Medical Bact. Methods 2
MEDT 310-Urinalysis//Body Fluids 1
MEDT 313-Diag Methods in Urinalysis
1
MEDT 326-Immunohematology 3
MEDT 336-Immunohematology Lab
1
MEDT 327-Hemostasis 1
MEDT 337-Advanced Hematology 1
MEDT 340-Parasitology/Mycol/Virology 1
MEDT 339-Para/Mycol/Virology Lab 1
MEDT 351-Clinical Biochemsitry 3
Third Year-Summer
MEDT 320-Phlebotomy 2
Clinical Practica
(5-6 hours from the list of fourth year spring Course
Fourth Year-Fall
MEDT 403W-Management in the Clinical Setting
3
MEDT 440- Statistical Analysis 3
Philosophy 345E 3
Impact of Technology**
3
Fourth Year-Spring
MEDT 404-Clinical Hema Practicum 4
MEDT 406-Clinical Micro Practicum
5
MEDT 452-Clinical Biochem Practicum 5
MEDT 454-Clinical Bllod Bk Practicum 4
MEDT 457-Medical Tech Seminar 1
MEDT 458-Clinical Elective Practicum 1
Total Hours Required 121

* Alternative plan needed if not certified by math placement exam.

** From the list of approved lower and upper division general education courses.

The foreign language requirement may be met with three years of a foreign language in high school or two years of two different foreign languages in high school.


Clinical Sites

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Albemarle Hospital
P.O. Box 1587
Elizabeth City, NC 27906
Education Coordinator: Wendy Barley

Chesapeake Regional Medical Center
1736 Battlefield Blvd.
Chesapeake, VA 23320
Education Coordinator: Cheryl Paige

Children's Hospital of the King's Daughters
601 Children's Lane
Norfolk, VA 23507
Education Coordinator: Susan Young

Maryview Medical Center
3636 High Street
Portsmouth, VA 23707
Education Coordinator: Ann Blood

Naval Medical Center
620 John Paul Jones Circle
Portsmouth, VA 23708-2197
Educational Coordinator: CAPT Jean Scherrer

Riverside Regional Medical Center
500 J. Clyde Morris Blvd.
Newport News, VA 23601
Education Coordinator: Lynn Onesty

Sentara Laboratory Services
Sentara Norfolk General Hospital
600 Gresham Drive
Norfolk, VA 23507
Education Coordinator: Karen Bray

Sentara Norfolk General Hospital
600 Gresham Drive
Norfolk, VA 23507

Sentara Leigh Hospital
830 Kempsville Road
Norfolk, VA 23502

Sentara Careplex Hospital
3120 Victoria Blvd.
Hampton, VA 23661

Sentara Williamsburg Regional Medical Center
100 Sentara Circle
Williamsburg, VA 23188

Sentara Bayside Hospital
800 Independence Blvd.
Virginia Beach, VA 23455

Sentara Virginia Beach Hospital
1060 First Colonial Road
Virginia Beach, VA 23454

Veteran's Administration Medical Center
Hampton, VA 23667
Education Coordinator: Mary Petty

Med Tech Student

BSMT Weekend College Program

Medical Technology/Medical Laboratory Science

Eligibility:
Graduates of a formal laboratory technician training program who are currently employed in a full service clinical laboratory.

General Education & Program Prerequisites

Course Credits
ENGL Composition I* 3
ENGL Composition II* 3
Fine Arts* 3
Foriegn Language**
0-6
History* 3
Social Science* 3
Information Literacy and Research*
3
Literature* 3
Biology 115N 4
Anatomy & Physiology 3-8
General Chemistry I and II 8
Organic Chesmistry 5
Statistics 3

Program of Study

The delivery formats for the medical technology courses includes television, video streaming, and web based. The televised courses are offered on alternating Saturdays from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM at various TELETECHNET sites.

The general education courses, prerequisite science courses, and remaining courses necessary for the degree can be completed via TELETECHNET or at local community colleges.

All students in the BSMT Weekend College Program must complete the clinical component of the program which requires students to demonstrate competence in the following areas of the clinical laboratory:

  • Hematology/Coagulation
  • Microbiology
  • Clinical Chemistry
  • Immunohematology

Recommended Degree Plan

Fall Semester
MEDT 311 Hematology 3
MEDT 324 Clinical Instr. & Elec. 3
Spring Semester
MEDT 326 Immunohematology 3
MEDT 315 Clinical Laboratory Diagnosis 3
MEDT 340 Parasitology/Mycol/Virology(w) 1
MEDT 441 Hematology Competency 1
Summer Semester
MEDT 309 Medical Bacteriology(w) 3
MEDT 350 Urinalysis/Body Fliuds(w) 1
MEDT 351 Clinical Biochemistry(w) 3
MEDT 444 Immunohematology Comp. 1
Fall Semester
MEDT 403W Management in the Clinical Setting
3
MEDT 440 Statistical App/Data Analysis 3
MEDT 442 Microbiology Competency 1
MEDT 443 Clinical Chemistry Competency 1
Spring Semester
MEDT 445 Advanced Clinical Practicum 3
MEDT 457 Medical Technology Seminar 1
PHIL 345* 3
Impact of Technology* 3

* Choose from the list of approved general education courses.
** The foreign language requirement may be met with
three years of a foreign language in high school or
two years of two different foreign languages in high school.
(w) Web-based course

Please visit the Program web page at:
http://hs.odu.edu/medlab/academics/medtech/

For consultation and evaluation of credentials contact:
Rebecca Warren, MT (ASCP) MDE
Adjunct Professor and Advisor for the MLS Weekend Program
rwarren@odu.edu
757-810-8523

Programs Outcomes

Board of Certification Scores

ODU Medical Technology Program*
2011-2012 90%
2012-2013 92%
2013-2014 93%

*Annual Passage Rates

Employment Placement Rates

% Employment Placement Within 3 Months Post Graduation*
2011-2012 100%
2012-2013 100%
2013-2014 100%

*Most are employed before or at graduation.

Technical Standards

Technical standards represent the essential functions that students must master to successfully complete program requirements. Standards for this program are listed below.

Students must be able to:

  1. Perform laboratory assays and tasks with coordination and control.
  2. Manipulate small objects and devices.
  3. Turn dials, press buttons and keypads, and move switches.
  4. Maneuver around instruments in the laboratory and in patient care settings.
  5. Perform and interpret laboratory assays, including the ability to: distinguish red, yellow, blue, and other color reactions; distinguish between solutions that are clear, cloudy or particulate; identify stained and unstained cellular and non-cellular components in the range of 1 m using a microscope; and read calibration lines or scales that range 1 mm apart.
  6. Perform tasks and assays that require responses to auditory stimuli.
  7. Perform phlebotomy, blood and body fluid processing, and testing procedures safely.
  8. Perform laboratory assays and interpret results, including the ability to communicate effectively in English, both in written and non-written forms.
  9. Read, understand, and follow directions printed in English.
  10. Maintain cognitive, psychomotor, and affective performance standards while retaining intellectual and emotional stability and maturity when confronted with stressful and rigorous circumstances.

Frequently Asked Questions

Medi Tech Students

What is a Medical Technologist/Clinical Laboratory Scientist?
Medical Technologists, also known as Clinical Laboratory Scientists, are laboratory health professionals who provide vital information about the status and function of the body and its systems. The data is utilized in the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of disease.

How desirable is this profession?
According to the 1999 Jobs Rated Almanac, the Medical Technologist/Clinical Laboratory Scientist was ranked the 16th best job out of 250 jobs surveyed. This was based on the following factors: salary, work environment, security, physical demands, and stress level.

Are there job opportunities in Medical Technology/Clinical Laboratory Science?
There is currently a manpower shortage in the clinical laboratory that has created a great demand for part-time and full-time professionals country-wide. Many positions offer sign-on bonuses between $1,000 and $5,000. Most of our graduates obtain local job offers before completing the Program.

What prerequisite courses do I need?
Biology (4 hrs), inorganic chemistry (8 hrs), organic chemistry (5 hrs), anatomy and physiology (3 - 8 hrs), and statistics (3hrs) are required prerequisite courses.

I have a BS degree in science. Do I qualify for admission?
Yes. As long as the prerequisite courses listed above are met, applicants are eligible for a second baccalaureate degree in Medical Technology (BSMT). A faculty advisor will evaluate your credentials.

I am transferring to ODU from a community college/another institution. What should I do?
Contact the Health Sciences Advising Center-an advisor can assist you in getting prepared to apply to the MT Program:

Health Sciences Advising Center
2112 Health Sciences Building
Old Dominion University
Norfolk, VA 23529-0288
Phone: (757) 683-5137
Email: hsadvising@odu.edu

What GPA do I need in order to be eligible to apply to the MT Program?
The minimum GPA is 2.0 overall and in prerequisite science courses. However, admission is competitive. Admitted students who are the most successful have a GPA that is 2.5 or higher.

When do I apply?
Prospective transfer and second degree students and students tracking from their freshman year (spring of their sophomore year), should apply by February 1.

If I miss the application deadline, am I allowed to begin taking MT Program courses?
Yes, prospective students may begin taking program courses prior to formal admission to the program. A faculty advisor will recommend selected courses based on completed prerequisites.

What is the difference between the traditional BSMT Program and the BSMT Weekend Program?
Program courses in the traditional BSMT Program are offered during the day. Weekend courses are offered on alternate Saturdays locally and at several distant sites in a televised format. Some courses are also web-based. The BSMT Weekend Program is only available to practicing laboratory professionals.

I am a Laboratory Technician. How does my previous coursework apply towards obtaining a BSMT?
Articulation into the BSMT Program is available to individuals who are graduates of a formal laboratory training program. Students with previous laboratory training may complete the degree by completing courses in the traditional BSMT Program or the BSMT Weekend Program. Advanced placement will be based on educational background and work experience.

How long does it take to complete the Program?
Students beginning the traditional BSMT Program as freshmen can complete the program in 4 years. Transfer students can complete the program in five semesters (including summer). Second-degree students can complete the program in four semesters (including summer).
BSMT Weekend Program students can complete the program in five semesters (including summer).
Total time for completion of both programs will vary depending on the semester in which program courses are begun and what prerequisites courses are needed.

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