Medical Technology

The Faculty of the Medical Technology program is committed to service to the community and to providing high quality education to prepare students with a solid educational background and a set of skills translatable to a variety of laboratory settings including hospital laboratories, industry, research laboratories and many more.  The Faculty, in its concern for the health and safety of the general public, is committed to ensuring that each student develops knowledge, skills and values essential to the appropriate role providing the basis for continuing intellectual and professional growth.

The program is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences. Program graduates are eligible to apply for the certification examination offered by the American Society of Clinical Pathology Board of Certification (ASCP-BOC).

NAACLS

5600 N River Road, Suite 720
Rosemont, IL 60018-5119
Phone: 847.939.3597
Fax: 773.714.8886
URL: http://www.naacls.org/

ASCP Board of Certification

33 West Monroe Street, Suite 1600
Chicago, IL 60603
Phone: 312.541.4999
Fax: 312.541.4998
Email: info@ascp.org
URL: http://www.ascp.org/

Admission Requirements

The student usually will have completed approximately 60 semester hours (or equivalent to two years) before applying to SHP for five semesters of professional courses. Acceptance is based upon the student’s academic ability and aptitude for a career in laboratory sciences. The candidate is expected to satisfy the following requirements:

  • Have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.3 (A=4.0).
  • Have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.3 in Natural Sciences and Mathematics prerequisites in Area III and Area V, calculated on all hours attempted.
  • If accepted, complete the UAB medical history questionnaire and physical, provide proof of required immunizations, and receive satisfactory screening by the UAB Medical Center Student Health Service.
  • If accepted, a background check and drug screening will be required at program admission and  prior to clinical placement.

Certified MLTs who have graduated from a NAACLS accredited program and who wish to obtain a baccalaureate degree in medical technology can apply to the Clinical Laboratory Sciences (CLS) Articulation Program. Through this program, students receive credit for approved MLT coursework toward a Bachelor of Science degree in medical technology from the School of Health Professions.

Application Procedure

Applicants should submit the following materials:

To the UAB Undergraduate Admissions Office:

To the Medical Technology Program Office, School of Health Professions:

Completed application to the professional phase of the Medical Technology Program (form available online at https://www.uab.edu/shp/cds/academic/undergrad/mt/150-programs/82-mt-admissions).

NOTE: The Medical Technology Program will accept its final cohort of students for Fall 2014 entry.

Contact for additional information:

Department of Clinical and Diagnostic Sciences
Admissions Office
School of Health Professions Building Room 430
1705 University Boulevard
Birmingham, Alabama 35294-1212
Telephone: (205) 994-3209
E-mail: askCDS@uab.edu
Web address: www.uab.edu/mt

Major Requirements for Medical Technology

Grade and Residency Requirements

Minimum 2.3 GPA. All courses must be completed with a grade of "C" or better.

RequirementsHours
Mathematics
MA 105Pre-Calculus Algebra3
or MA 106 Pre-Calculus Trigonometry
Required courses:
CDS 400Fundamentals of Phlebotomy and Body Fluid Collection1
MT 400Health and Safety Management1
MT 403Body Fluids1
MT 404Body Fluid Lab1
MT 405Laboratory Management3
MT 406Laboratory Techniques2
MT 418Immunology4
MT 423Clinical Microbiology3
MT 424Clinical Microbiology Laboratory1
MT 426Instrumentation and Automation2
MT 427Instrumentation and Automation Laboratory1
MT 428Hematology I4
MT 430Immunohematology4
MT 431Immunohematology Laboratory1
MT 432Hematology II4
MT 438Infectious Diseases3
MT 439Infectious Diseases Laboratory2
MT 442Molecular Diagnostics2
MT 443Molecular Diagnostics Laboratory2
MT 451Clinical Chemistry3
MT 452Clinical Chemistry Laboratory1
MT 455Research Principles2
MT 460Clinical Correlations3
MT 470Certification Review1
MT 495Clinical Practice1-12
Total Hours56-67

Electives

Please see your academic advisor. 

Additional Requirements

Prerequisites

CS 101 Computer Fundamentals;MA 180 or PY 214 Statistics, and the following courses:

RequirementsHours
CH 235
  & CH 236
Organic Chemistry I
   and Organic Chemistry I Laboratory
4
BY 123Introductory Biology I4
BY 261Introduction to Microbiology4
or BY 271 Biology of Microorganisms
BY 210Genetics3
Total Hours15

Minor

No minor required. 

General Electives

Students must take general electives to reach the 120 semester hour requirement. 

Typical Program

Professional Phase

Junior
First TermHoursSecond TermHoursSummer TermHours
CDS 4001MT 4233MT 4304
MT 4001MT 4241MT 4311
MT 4031MT 4262MT 4284
MT 4041MT 4271MT 4383
MT 4053MT 4423MT 4391
MT 4062MT 4431 
MT 4183  
 12 11 13
Senior
First TermHoursSecond TermHours 
MT 4324MT 4701 
MT 4514MT 4951-12 
MT 4521  
MT 4552  
MT 4603  
 14 2-13
Total credit hours: 52-63

Proposed Program of Study for a Major in Medical Technology

Freshman
First TermHoursSecond TermHoursSummer TermHours
EH 1013EH 1023CH 115
  & CH 116
4
MA 1053MA 1063Core Curriculum Area II or IV: Literature or History13
HY 1203EH 21613 
HRP 1012Core Curriculum Area II: Humanities and Fine Art3 
Core Curriculum Area IV: Social and Behavioral Science3  
 14 12 7
Sophomore
First TermHoursSecond TermHoursSummer TermHours
CH 117
  & CH 118
4CH 235
  & CH 236
4BY 2714
CMST 1013BY 2103Humanities/History/Social & Behavioral Science3
BY 1234MA 1803 
Core Curriciulum Area IV: Social and Behavioral Science3  
 14 10 7
Junior
First TermHoursSecond TermHoursSummer TermHours
CDS 4001MT 4262MT 4304
MT 4001MT 4271MT 4311
MT 4062MT 4233MT 4284
MT 40523MT 4241MT 4383
MT 4031MT 4423MT 4391
MT 4041MT 4431 
MT 4183  
 12 11 13
Senior
First TermHoursSecond TermHours 
MT 4514MT 4701 
MT 4521MT 495+1-12 
MT 4324  
MT 46023  
MT 45522  
 14 2-13
Total credit hours: 116-127
1

A six semester hour sequence either in literature or history is required; if a second literature is chosen it will apply as 3 of the elective hours in Core Curriculum Area II: Humanities and Fine Arts; if a second history is chosen, it will apply as 3 of the elective hours in Core Curriculum Area IV: Social and Behavioral Sciences.

2

 For the purposes of the Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP), MT 405 is designated as the Civic Responsibility course, MT 455 as the Quantitative Literacy course, MT 460 as the Writing course and MT 495 as the Capstone course.

Courses

MT 350. Special Topics: Chemistry. 1-3 Hour.

Designed specifically for individual student to cover topics not covered in MLT curriculum.

MT 400. Health and Safety Management. 1 Hour.

Review of infection control principles focused on bloodborne, airborne, drug-resistant and opportunistic pathogens, and general health and safety guidelines and standards.

MT 403. Body Fluids. 1 Hour.

Diagnosis and monitoring renal and systemic disease through the physical, biochemical, and microscopic analysis of urine and feces. Diagnosis of central nervous system and systemic disease through cerebrospinal fluid analysis. Diagnosis of metabolic and infectious disease through analysis of peritoneal fluid, synovial fluid, transudates, and exudates. Fertility testing using semen analysis.

MT 404. Body Fluid Lab. 1 Hour.

Diagnosis and monitoring renal and systemic disease through the physical, biochemical, and microscopic analysis of urine and feces. Diagnosis of central nervous system and systemic disease through cerebrospinal fluid analysis. Diagnosis of metabolic and infectious disease through analysis of peritoneal fluid, synovial fluid, transudates, and exudates. Fertility testing using semen analysis. Concurrent enrollment MT 403.
Prerequisites: MT 403 [Min Grade: C](Can be taken Concurrently)

MT 405. Laboratory Management. 3 Hours.

Current catalog description will remain unchanged. Ethics and Civic Responsibility are significant components of this course (QEP).

MT 406. Laboratory Techniques. 2 Hours.

Overview of issues and skills surrounding working in the modern laboratory environment; includes safety, collection of specimens, equipment, mathematics, measurements, microscopy, dilutions, quality assurance, basic spectrophotometry, phlebotomy, automation of laboratory testing and lab computers.

MT 418. Immunology. 3 Hours.

Physiology of immune responses to infectious agents, tumors, transplant; abnormal responses: hypersensitivity, autoimmunity, immunoproliferative disorders, and immunodeficiencies; antigen-antibody reactions; complement; principles and applications of clinical immunology.

MT 423. Clinical Microbiology. 3 Hours.

Reservoirs, modes of transmission, disease associations, and morphological and biochemical characteristics of microorganisms commonly isolated in the clinical laboratory; methods used to isolate and identify bacteria, parasites, and fungi.
Prerequisites: BY 271 [Min Grade: C] or BY 261 [Min Grade: C]

MT 424. Clinical Microbiology Laboratory. 1 Hour.

Performance of techniques and tests used in the isolation and identification of bacteria, fungi and parasites commonly seen in a clinical microbiology laboratory. Concurrent enrollment MT 423.
Prerequisites: (BY 261 [Min Grade: C] or BY 271 [Min Grade: C]) and MT 423 [Min Grade: C](Can be taken Concurrently)

MT 426. Instrumentation and Automation. 2 Hours.

This course includes the study of the theory and principles of automation and instrumentation used in laboratories. An emphasis will be placed on quality control, quality assurance, instrumentation principles, basic statistics, and the regulatory, and economic issues encountered in laboratories including, clinical labs, health labs, government labs, private labs and other laboratories.
Prerequisites: CH 117 [Min Grade: C] and CH 118 [Min Grade: C]

MT 427. Instrumentation and Automation Laboratory. 1 Hour.

This course includes the practical application of automation and instrumentation used in laboratories. An emphasis will be placed on quality control, quality assurance, instrumentation principles, basic statistics, and the regulatory, and economic issues encountered in laboratories including, clinical labs, health labs, government labs, private labs and other laboratories.
Prerequisites: CH 117 [Min Grade: C] and CH 118 [Min Grade: C] and MT 426 [Min Grade: C](Can be taken Concurrently)

MT 428. Hematology I. 4 Hours.

Systematic examination of the normal hematologic and hemostatic systems: blood cell production, structure and function; blood cell morphology; performance, evaluation and interpretation of routine and special tests; primary hemostasis, coagulation and fibrinolysis. The course includes a mandatory laboratory component.

MT 430. Immunohematology. 4 Hours.

Analyze blood group antigen-antibody reactions;donor blood collection and testing serological characteristics and immunogenetics of the major blood group systems; pretransfusion testing, basic and advanced techniques of antibody identification and problem-solving; transfusion therapy; laboratory eveluation of hermolytic disease of the newborn; and the investigation of immune coating of red cells in vivo, including autoimmune hemolytic anemia. Application of theory and problem-solving skills is emphasized.
Prerequisites: MT 418 [Min Grade: C]

MT 431. Immunohematology Laboratory. 1 Hour.

Performance and evaluation of: red cell phenotyping, antibody detection and identification, pretransfusion testing, and laboratory investigation to diagnosis and treat hemolytic anemias and adverse effects of transfusion.
Prerequisites: MT 418 [Min Grade: C] and MT 430 [Min Grade: C](Can be taken Concurrently)

MT 432. Hematology II. 4 Hours.

Pathology of the hematologic and hemostatic systems: anemias, leukopenias, myelodysplastic syndromes, myeloproliferative syndromes, chronic leukemias, acute leukemias, primary hemostatic disorders, coagulopathies, thrombophilia, and interpretation and correlation of laboratory data supporting diagnosis and management or treatment. The course includes a mandatory laboratory component.
Prerequisites: MT 428 [Min Grade: C]

MT 438. Infectious Diseases. 3 Hours.

Pathogenic mechanisms of infectious diseases; normal flora and pathogens of various body sites; methods for collection, transport, and culturing different types of clinical specimens; interpretation of cultures.
Prerequisites: MT 423 [Min Grade: C] and MT 424 [Min Grade: C]

MT 439. Infectious Diseases Laboratory. 1 Hour.

Performance and interpretation of direct Gram stains; culturing various types of clinical specimens for isolation of bacteria; performing and interpreting tests used in the identification of potential pathogens; reporting culture results; antimicrobial susceptibility and resistance testing.
Prerequisites: MT 423 [Min Grade: C] and MT 424 [Min Grade: C] and MT 438 [Min Grade: C](Can be taken Concurrently)

MT 442. Molecular Diagnostics. 3 Hours.

The course will focus on the development of knowledge in and the fundamental principles of: molecular biochemistry, medical genetics, molecular pathology, performance, evaluation and interpretation of molecular tests.
Prerequisites: BY 210 [Min Grade: C]

MT 443. Molecular Diagnostics Laboratory. 1 Hour.

The course will focus on applications and analysis, and the development of competencies in: nucleic acid isolation, analysis of nucleic acids and protein, cytogenetics, PCR and others.
Prerequisites: MT 442 [Min Grade: C](Can be taken Concurrently)

MT 451. Clinical Chemistry. 4 Hours.

Theory of clinical laboratory techniques to identify and quantitate chemical analytes in body fluids and the correlation of these analytes to human disease.
Prerequisites: MT 426 [Min Grade: C] and MT 427 [Min Grade: C]

MT 452. Clinical Chemistry Laboratory. 1 Hour.

Performance of laboratory techniques used to identify and quantitate chemical analytes in body fluids and the correlation of these analytes to human disease.
Prerequisites: MT 451 [Min Grade: C]

MT 455. Research Principles. 2 Hours.

Clinical research principles and methods relevant to laboratory medicine assays; applications of descriptive and inferential statistics with diagnostic assay accuracy studies; development of competencies for critical analyses of empirical research papers to determine quality of empirical evidence and the operating characteristics of the diagnostic assays studied and the planning process for verification studies of diagnostic assays. Quantitative Literacy is a significant component of this course (QEP).

MT 460. Clinical Correlations. 3 Hours.

Analyze and interpret laboratory case studies; correlate clinical and technical information obtained from various topics covered throughout the curriculum; work with groups to present case studies with an emphasis on application and interpretation of laboratory protocols, competence in grammar usage and mechanics, and writing conventions required for laboratory professionals. Writing is a significant component of this course (QEP).
Prerequisites: MT 430 [Min Grade: C] and MT 432 [Min Grade: C](Can be taken Concurrently) and MT 451 [Min Grade: C](Can be taken Concurrently) and MT 438 [Min Grade: C]

MT 470. Certification Review. 1 Hour.

Review of medical technology/ clinical laboratory science body of knowledge with required comprehensive trial certification final examination using self-directed online materials. Experience with the development of a personal certification maintenance plan to meet requirements defined by national certification agencies in Clinical Laboratory Sciences. Medical Technology students only.
Prerequisites: MT 495 [Min Grade: C](Can be taken Concurrently)

MT 495. Clinical Practices. 1-12 Hour.

This CLS program capstone course involves directed clinical practice in hematology, chemistry, microbiology, immunology and immunohematology with focused activities to reinforce, integrate and apply knowledge obtained throughout the curriculum.  Students will organize, build on, and reflect on previous assignments/experiences to demonstrate attainment of discipline-specific writing, quantitative literacy, ethical issues, and civic engagement.

Faculty

Brown, Michelle, Assistant Professor, 2008, M.S. (UAB)
Chiasera, Janelle, Associate Professor, 2006, Ph.D. (Ohio State)