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Medical Technology Curriculum

The course in Medical Technology is 12 months. At the discretion of the Program Director, the length of the course may be extended whenever the work performance of the student indicates such action is necessary.

During the clinical training period, the student rotates through Hematology, Microbiology, Stat Chemistry, Urinalysis, Special Chemistry, Serology, Blood Bank, Molecular Biology and Phlebotomy. Both manual and automated methods are taught. Students work under the supervision of qualified instructors who follow the progress of the individual in practice and theory. Oral and written examinations are given during practical rotations.

Theoretical instruction includes Hematology, Microbiology, Chemistry, Urinalysis, Immunology/Serology, Blood Bank, Molecular Biology, Phlebotomy, Management, Education and Research Design. The lecture series in each area include quizzes and comprehensive written examinations.

Upon successful completion of the clinical internship students are presented with a certificate from the School of Medical Technology. Granting of this certificate is not contingent upon passing any certification or licensure examinations.

Courses to be completed by the medical technology student during the clinical internship are below. To view the syllabus for each course, click on the name of the course.

Course No.  MEDT 401
Course Title:  Clinical Chemistry
Credits:  8
Description:
Introduces the student to the physiology of the organ systems of the body and the various analytes that interact with them.  Discusses abnormal physiology as it relates to various disease states. Describes the controllable and non-controllable pre-analytical, analytical, and post-analytical variables that can affect testing.  Discusses the principles of test methodology.  The student applies this theory to the clinical lab using current diagnostic techniques and instrumentation to correlate lab results to disease processes.

Course No.  MEDT 402
Course Title:  Clinical Hematology
Credits:  8
Description:
Introduces students to the study of the hematopoietic system including the relationship of hematologic diseases to diagnostic characteristics.  Discusses erythrocyte and leukocyte disorders; cellular morphology; mechanisms and disorders of hemostasis and fibrinolysis; and principles of test methodology.  Describes the controllable and non-controllable pre-analytical, analytical, and post-analytical variables that can affect testing.  The student applies this theory in the clinical lab using current diagnostic techniques and instrumentation to correlate lab results to disease processes.

Course No.  MEDT 403
Course Title:  Clinical Microbiology
Credits:  8
Description:
Introduces the student to the study of bacterial, fungal, parasitic, and viral infections in humans.  Discusses transmission, clinical symptoms, specimen collection, and laboratory methods used to identify suspect organisms.  Discusses prevention as well as antibiotic therapy.  Describes the controllable and non-controllable pre-analytical, analytical, and post-analytical variables that can affect testing.  The student applies this theory in the clinical lab to isolate and identify pathogens using current technologies, to provide antibiotic sensitivity information, and to correlate test results with disease states.  

Course No.  MEDT 404
Course Title:  Clinical Immunology
Credits:  1
Description:
Introduces the student to the immune system and the immune response. Discusses immune detection, immunodeficiency disorders, autoimmune diseases, hypersensitivity, and tumor and transplant immunology.  Discusses the antigen-antibody complex and the relationship to current testing methodology.  Describes the controllable and non-controllable pre-analytical, analytical, and post-analytical variables that can affect testing.  The student applies this theory in the clinical lab using current immunologic techniques and instrumentation to correlate lab results to disease processes.

Course No.  MEDT 405
Course Title:  Clinical Immunohematology
Credits:  5
Description:
Introduces the student to the different human blood groups, blood components, the antibody screening and identification process, transfusion protocols, blood donor screening, and state and federal regulations. Describes the controllable and non-controllable pre-analytical, analytical, and post-analytical variables that can affect testing.  The student applies this theory in the clinical lab to process blood and its components, determine blood product compatibility, apply appropriate quality control, and correlate patient results to blood disorders.

Course No.  MEDT 406
Course Title:  Clinical Urinalysis and Body Fluids
Credits:  1
Description:
Introduces the student to the study of body fluids including urine, cerebral spinal fluid, synovial fluid, serous fluids, seminal fluid, and miscellaneous other fluids.  Discusses specimen collection and analysis.  Describes the controllable and non-controllable pre-analytical, analytical, and post-analytical variables that can affect testing.  The student applies this theory in the clinical lab using current diagnostic techniques and instrumentation to correlate lab results with disease processes.

Course No.  MEDT 407
Course Title:  Clinical Molecular Biology
Credits:  1
Description:
Introduces the student to the basic structure and function of DNA. Discusses the impact of molecular genetics in medicine and specific methods for analysis.  Describes the controllable and non-controllable pre-analytical, analytical, and post-analytical variables that can affect testing.  The student applies this theory in the molecular biology laboratory using current diagnostic techniques and instrumentation to correlate lab results with disease.

Course No.  MEDT 408
Course Title:  Management and Supervision
Credits:  0
Description:
The Management/Supervision introduces the medical technology students to the complex intricacies of laboratory operations. Discusses the Management of Organizations, Management of Human Resources, Management of Financial Resources, Management of Laboratory Operations, and Laboratory Information Systems (LIS). These topics include regulatory issues and compliance, quality assurance/control, performance improvement. Real-life scenarios are used from Berkshire Medical Center to demonstrate theories taught and how they apply to actual lab settings.

Course No.  MEDT 409
Course Title:  Education
Credits:  0
Description:
Discusses the principles of adult education and education methodology including basic principles of how adults learn, the theories of learning (Bloom, Krathwohl, and Simpson) and learning objectives (cognitive, psychomotor and affective).  Instructs students on how to write objectives.  Also discusses the importance and benefits of maintaining competency, professional development, and life-long learning.

Course No.  MEDT 410
Course Title:  Research
Credits:  0
Description:
Discusses the use of the internet, the library, and other resources available.  Provides students with instruction on the evaluation of research design and practice and to be an informed consumer when evaluating published research.  Students evaluate and present an article using PowerPoint.  Includes a Capstone project.  Students submit a research proposal or case study in which they design and conduct approved research or select a case study related to a specific area of the clinical lab.  Required paper and oral presentation.

Course No. :  MEDT 411
Course Title:  Phlebotomy
Credits:  0
Description:
Introduces students to the essentials of phlebotomy.  Students learn the basic anatomy and physiology of the blood draw.  Discusses proper procedure for various collections, legal and ethical issues, importance of confidentiality, pre-analytical factors, safety and handling, patient interaction.  Students apply this information in the clinical setting using current techniques and procedures.



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