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Clinical Laboratory Sciences-Medical Technology

 


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Dr. Chris Field, Program Coordinator/Advisor
Department of Biomedical Sciences
Missouri State University
901 South National Avenue
Springfield, Missouri 65897
Office: 417-836-5478 or 417-836-5603
Fax: 417-836-5588
Email: BiomedicalSciences@missouristate.edu or ChrisField@missouri.state.edu

Dr. Richard Garrad, Program Coordinator/Advisor

Missouri State University
901 South National Avenue
Springfield, Missouri 65897
Office: 417-836-5372
Fax: 417-836-5588
Email: richgarrad@missouristate.edu

Career Preparation

Clinical laboratory scientists-medical technologists are trained to perform various analytical tests in clinical laboratory settings. The type of work ranges from the routine to the complicated and involves medical technologists in a wide variety of disciplines, such as chemistry, blood banking, genetic testing, immunology, and serology, microbiology, molecular diagnostics and others. Test results are used by physicians to help them in their diagnoses and treatments of disease.

The nature of the work requires that technologists have high levels of maturity and responsibility and that they be able to work efficiently with precision and accuracy.

Academic Program

The Clinical Laboratory Sciences-Medical Technology program at Missouri State is a baccalaureate program requiring a minimum of 94 semester hours of college credit obtained on campus, plus a 12-month internship at an affiliated hospital for which the student receives an additional 30 to 39 hours of credit. Missouri State has affiliation agreements with Cox Health Systems in Springfield, St. John’s Medical Center in Joplin, and North Kansas City Hospital in Kansas City. The student may apply for admission at the beginning of the third year at Missouri State, but acceptance by the clinical laboratory sciences-medical technology school is at the discretion of that school.

During their studies, students will select one area of emphasis from Microbiology, Molecular Diagnostics or Management. Students receive Bachelor of Science degrees in Clinical Laboratory Sciences-Medical Technology from Missouri State upon successful completion of the total program and transfer of clinical credits back to Missouri State. Students must then pass registry examinations in order to gain employment as medical technologists.

High school students planning for careers in clinical laboratory sciences-medical technology should take courses in biological sciences, chemistry and mathematics. Please consult the Missouri State Catalog online at www.missouristate.edu/catalog for specific course information.

Faculty

The Clinical Laboratory Sciences-Medical Technology program includes faculty from the campus as well as from the various clinical facilities that are affiliated with Missouri State. The on-campus faculty members teach the preparatory courses in biological sciences and chemistry that the student needs in order to qualify for the clinical portion of the degree program. Most of these faculty members hold doctorate degrees. Specialists who have considerable experience in the practical, as well as theoretical aspects of medical technology, provide training during the clinical phase.

Facilities

The Clinical Laboratory Sciences-Medical Technology major is administered through the Biomedical Sciences Department in the Professional Building. The affiliated hospitals are all exceptionally well-equipped with modern instrumentation. Early in the clinical phase of training, students are taught how to work with such instrumentation.