School of Medical Technology/Prerequisites

Prerequisite Courses

Academic requirements for admission to Hurley Medical Center School of Medical Technology are those set forth by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS). The student applicant must have a baccalaureate degree completed prior to the internship year, with an overall grade point average of 2.7 or higher. School of Medical Technology applicants must meet specific course criteria cited below. The credits must not have been earned more than seven year prior to applying for school admission.

School of Medical Technology applicants must meet the following course criteria:

BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES: A minimum of 16 semester hours towards a major in biological science or in medical technology. Biological Sciences courses must include anatomy/physiology, genetics/molecular biology, and microbiology (including bacteriology, mycology, parasitology and immunology). Preference will be given to students who have had courses in human medical applications such as medical microbiology, medical genetics, medical parasitology, etc.

CHEMISTRY: A minimum of 16 semester hours acceptable towards a major in chemistry or in medical technology. Organic chemistry or biochemistry must be included. Preferred chemistry courses include introductory inorganic chemistry, principles of qualitative and quantitative analysis, clinical chemistry and/or medical biochemistry. Satisfactory alternative courses are analytical chemistry or chemical instrumentation.

MATHEMATICS: A minimum of 3 semester hours of college-level mathematics. New recommended courses include: hematology/hemostasis, immunohematology, physics, basic statistics, English composition and computer science.

COMPLETION OF PREREQUISITE COURSES: The applicant’s transcripts are evaluated after all necessary application materials (application, transcript, and reference letters) have been received. Interviews are granted to top-ranked applicants meeting the application criteria.

The following guidelines are used to determine a candidate’s eligibility for acceptance into the School of Medical Technology:

  1. The Hurley Medical Center School of Medical Technology program accepts courses that have been certified by the college or university as acceptable towards meeting its requirements for a baccalaureate degree in chemistry, biology or medical technology.
  2. Students must have a minimum of 3 credit hours of college-level mathematics. Remedial math will not qualify.
  3. Applicants who met the program’s minimum requirements seven or more years before application must update their academic preparation. Program officials will evaluate the applicant’s transcript and work history and require that the following courses be taken: a 300-level microbiology course, a 200-level chemistry course and lab, and a medical technology course such as hematology or blood banking. A grade of C or higher is required in these courses.
  4. The program accepts applicants possessing foreign baccalaureate degrees with majors in either chemistry or biology and meeting the prerequisite requirements. Course work is subject to review and evaluation by program officials, and the applicants will be required to take a 300-level microbiology course, a 200-level chemistry course and lab, and a medical technology course such as hematology or blood banking from an accredited American university. A grade of C or higher is required in these courses.
  5. The program does not accept examinations or work-related experiences to shorten the clinical laboratory experiences required to obtain the certification.