Medical Technology Program Policies

Students must earn a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.80 to be admitted into the Medical Technology program, and the lowest acceptable grade is a “C” in all major and secondary math and science required courses. Please see the specific program requirements for a listing of the required courses. After admission into the junior year of the program, students must maintain a minimum GPA of 2.50 in the major to remain in good standing and to be eligible for admission to the clinical practicum. A student whose GPA is less than 2.50 will be reviewed by the MT faculty for continuance in the program.

No student, regardless of major, will be permitted to take a science or math course unless a grade of “C” or better is earned in all prerequisite courses.

A student may not earn a grade of “C-” or lower in any science or math course more than three times during the program. If a fourth grade of “C-” or lower is earned in any science or math course, the student will be automatically dismissed from the medical technology major.

Probation: The student who earns any combination of two grades of “C-” or lower in a science or math course will be notified, in writing, by the department chair of biological sciences that he or she is on probation in the School of the Sciences. The student’s progress will be monitored closely and continuance in the major will be reviewed by the department chair of biological sciences and/or the Dean of the School of the Sciences.

Final Probation: The student who earns any combination of three grades of “C-” or lower in a science or math course will be notified, in writing, by the department chair of biological sciences that he or she is on final probation in the School of the Sciences. The student’s progress will be monitored closely and continuance in the major will be reviewed by the department chair of biological sciences and/or the Dean of the School of the Sciences.

Dismissal: If a fourth grade of “C-” or lower in any science or math course is earned, the student will automatically be dismissed from the major.

Final Exam Policy

A score of 70% must be achieved on the final exam in each senior-level medical technology (MT 4xx) course to be able to proceed to the corresponding clinical practicum course. The student will only be allowed to retake the final exam once. The student must take a new final exam and pass with a score of 70%. However, the original score on the exam will be used to calculate the final grade in the course. If the student fails to attain a 70% the second time, he or she must repeat the course.

Proficiency Exam Policy

  1. The minimum passing score for each proficiency exam is determined by each instructor (80-100%).
  2. A student who does not achieve the minimum passing score will have a second opportunity to achieve the minimum passing score. However, the score that will be used for the final grade computation will not exceed the minimum passing score, no matter what the score is on the second proficiency exam.
  3. If a student fails the proficiency exam a second time, he or she will be counseled by the program director and faculty member, which could result in repeating the entire course.

Medical Requirements

Students enrolled in Medical Technology (MT) courses will have potential exposure to blood-borne pathogens or other potentially infectious materials and may be at risk of acquiring hepatitis B virus (HBV). Also, during the course of the Medical Technology program, students may have direct patient contact. This program requires the student to demonstrate effective vaccinations prior to starting the Medical Technology (MT) courses (except MT 210).

  1. All full-time, part-time and categorical certificate students admitted to the junior (3rd) year of the Medical Technology program must submit the following forms (these forms can be printed from the Wellness Center and Medical Technology websites):
    • Stevenson University Student Health Form to the Wellness Center.
    • Supplemental Immunization Form for Medical Technology Students to the Administrative Assistant in the School of the Sciences.
  2. Laboratory confirmation of immune status by positive immune titer is required for the following:
    • Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR immunity profile)
    • Varicella (Varicella-Zoster Virus IgG antibody)
    • Hepatitis B (Hepatitis B surface antibody = anti-HBs)
  3. You may choose to decline the hepatitis vaccine, but you must sign the Hepatitis Declination Form (Appendix A of the Exposure Control Plan for the School of the Sciences) that you understand you will be at risk of acquiring hepatitis B.
  4. Students enrolled in MT courses (except MT 210) must submit documentation of all required immunizations and titers listed in the Supplemental Immunization Form by July 1 for fall courses and January 2 for spring courses. If the documentation of immunizations and titers or signed declination form is not on file by the deadline, the student will be dropped from any registered MT course.
  5. Students entering the senior (4th) year of the program must also present documentation of a negative tuberculosis screening test (PPD or chest x-ray) prior to the start of classes in the fall semester.
  6. It is strongly recommended that students maintain personal medical insurance.
  7. Students are financially responsible for any costs incurred due to illness or injury experienced by the student, in conjunction with the student labs and clinical practicum.

Clinical Practicum

  1. The clinical practicum is scheduled in the senior year. It is divided into discipline-specific rotations and is scheduled for five days a week, eight hours a day from the first week in January through the first week in May.
  2. Students must provide their own transportation to the clinical facilities, which may include paying for parking. Personal protective equipment is provided by the facilities. Liability insurance is purchased by the University to cover students during their clinical practicum.
  3. The clinical practicum culminates in a final comprehensive exam as preparation for the national certification examination for Medical Laboratory Scientists.
  4. In addition to rotations at Sinai Hospital, the students may also be assigned to clinical departments at the following affiliates:

    Franklin Square Hospital

    Greater Baltimore Medical Center

    Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center

    Johns Hopkins Hospital

    Northwest Hospital

Program Completion

Upon satisfactory completion of the required program of study, the student will be awarded a Bachelor of Science in Medical Technology. The granting of the degree is not contingent upon passing any external certification examination.

National Certification Examination

Program graduates are eligible to take the national certification examination offered by the American Society of Clinical Pathology Board of Certification (ASCP-BOC).

Program Admission Requirements

Consideration for admission to the medical technology program in the spring semester of the sophomore year is based on the following criteria.

  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.80 in all university work attempted
  • Grade of “C” or better in all prerequisite courses in chemistry, biological sciences and mathematics
  • Completion of at least 60 credit hours, including prerequisite courses in biology, chemistry and mathematics by the start of the fall semester of the junior year in the program
  • Ability to meet published non-academic Essential Functions
  • Submission of a complete application to the program by the established deadline in the spring semester of the sophomore year

Each applicant is reviewed by the program director for admission eligibility to the junior year of the medical technology program. The student’s transcript is reviewed for overall grade point average (GPA) in all university work, for GPA in the specific prerequisite courses in biology, chemistry and mathematics, and for potential to successfully complete 60 credit hours towards fulfilling requirements for the degree. To insure that all standards are met and that students have been assessed equitably, the program director reviews the eligibility of all students with the Medical Technology Admissions Committee, which makes the final decision.

All students receive written notification of their acceptance/rejection status prior to registration for the fall semester of the junior year. Students who are not accepted into the medical technology major may be reviewed again the following year, if they so desire, or are counseled about alternative majors (e.g., biology or biotechnology).

In order to participate in the program, students must be able to comply with program-designated Essential Functions or request reasonable accommodations to execute these functions. The Essential Functions are the non-academic requirements of the program comprising the physical, emotional and professional demands of the medical laboratory scientist. To ensure that the decision to pursue a career in medical technology is the correct one for the individual, each applicant is asked to determine if they are able to comply with all of these Essential Functions (see below) by which they will be assessed as a medical technology major.

As stated in the University’s non-discrimination policy, the University does not discriminate on the basis of health or disability.

Essential Functions

The medical technology student must

  1. Possess visual acuity sufficient to
    • Differentiate colors and color changes in the performance of laboratory tests and procedures. Color blindness, of itself, does not preclude admission.
    • Identify cellular components and microorganisms utilizing a microscope.
    • Read laboratory instrument procedure manuals, standard operating procedures, specimen labels and other pertinent materials for patient care and professional practice.
  2. Possess sufficient manual dexterity in order to
    • Process specimens and perform laboratory testing procedures.
    • Lift and handle typical hand-held medical laboratory equipment and tools.
    • Operate clinical laboratory instruments and equipment, including computers.
    • Perform delicate manipulations that require good eye-hand coordination.
  3. Ambulate adequately to collect blood specimens from patients.
  4. Perform laboratory procedures accurately and within an established time-frame while maintaining efficiency and organization.
  5. Exercise independent judgment and use critical thinking skills to solve problems.
  6. Communicate in a professional and positive manner with faculty, classmates, patients, laboratory personnel, and other healthcare and non-healthcare personnel.
  7. Maintain patient confidentiality and exercise ethical judgment, integrity, honesty, dependability, and accountability in the classroom and clinical laboratory.

This policy shall be interpreted and applied in a manner consistent with the requirements of all state and federal laws concerning education of students with disabilities.