The mission of the Sinai Hospital/Stevenson University medical technology program is to graduate competent, ethical professionals with the knowledge and skills necessary for entry-level medical laboratory scientists (also known as medical technologists). Medical technology combines the basic sciences of biology and chemistry with medicine and the clinical sciences into a very satisfying professional career.
Medical laboratory scientists develop, perform, evaluate, correlate and assure the accuracy and validity of laboratory tests and collaborate with other health care professionals in the diagnosis and treatment of patients. They work in all areas of the clinical laboratory including microbiology, chemistry, hematology, molecular biology, blood banking and immunology.
The certified medical laboratory scientist is qualified by academic and practical training to work wherever laboratory testing is researched, developed or performed including hospital, private, research, industrial, biomedical and forensic laboratories, pharmaceutical companies and fertility centers. In addition to laboratory positions, medical laboratory scientists also find careers in infection control, marketing, technical sales and services, laboratory information systems, teaching and consulting.
Stevenson University offers a "2+2" baccalaureate program in medical technology consisting of two years of prerequisite courses in the basic sciences and liberal arts, a third year of liberal arts and introductory courses in laboratory medicine, and a fourth year which integrates professional and clinical practicum courses at Sinai Hospital of Baltimore. The clinical practicum provides a bridge between academics and application, allowing students a smooth transition to the workforce as clinical laboratory professionals.
The program includes specialized technical training in test performance, education and practice in problem-solving in the clinical laboratory, statistical analysis of healthcare outcomes related to the laboratory, and correlation of laboratory data and disease management. In addition, the curriculum includes managerial preparation for its medical laboratory scientist students. No other program that exists in the state offers a management practicum in the senior year. Graduates of this program are equipped to accept leadership positions, seek career enhancements, and/or pursue graduate studies or other medically-related professional programs.
The medical technology program is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences. (NAACLS; 5600 North River Road, Suite 720, Rosemont, IL 60018-5119; 773-714-8880, <http://www.naacls.org>).
Graduates in the medical technology major earn a bachelor of science degree and are eligible to take the national certification examination for medical laboratory scientists offered by the Board of Certification of the American Society of Clinical Pathology (ASCP).
Students planning to apply to medical or dental school may want to adopt the pre-medical option of the medical technology curriculum. Students adopting this option of the medical technology curriculum will graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Medical Technology and will have fulfilled all requirements for applying to medical or dental schools. These students follow the medical technology curriculum with the following changes: Calculus and Organic Chemistry II are required instead of Principles of Biochemistry. Two semesters of General Physics with Calculus are also required.
Freshmen and transfer students enter as medical technology majors. The medical technology program accepts only ten students to continue into the junior year of the medical technology major, and selection is determined by a Medical Technology Admissions Committee.
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