About the Program

The Bachelor of Science in Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology (CLS/MT) provides an undergraduate education to those preparing to enter the field of clinical laboratory science, also known as medical technology. Medical technologists produce reliable diagnostic data reflective of patient health status.  Physicians rely on the clinical laboratory data provided by medical technologists to determine the presence, absence, extent or cause of disease.  Clinical laboratory professionals are essential members of the heath care team, uncovering scientific facts leading to the accurate diagnosis and timely treatment of disease.  Students of clinical laboratory science develop the analytical thinking skills necessary to function effectively in a clinical laboratory environment.  

The Bachelor of Science in /Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology is designed to provide a broadly based background including specific biology, chemistry, and laboratory science course requirements as well as an opportunity to elect courses from humanities and social sciences.  The four years of undergraduate study may be followed by a clinical internship year in a hospital or other clinical setting offering an accredited program in Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology.  Persons may obtain clinical internships through participation in the Medical Technology Internship Matching Program of Michigan (MTIMPM), a competitive process which matches participants to clinical internship programs in Michigan.  Clinical internship graduates are then eligible to take a nationally recognized certification examination conducted by the Board of Registry of the American Society of Clinical Pathologists (ASCP).  Successful completion of the certification exam confers MLS(ASCP) certification status and eligibility for numerous types of positions within the field of clinical laboratory science.

Employment opportunities are available in a variety of work settings.  Qualified individuals are needed to fill the available positions in clinical practice settings of diagnostic laboratories in hospitals, public health agencies, clinics, and reference labs.  Career options also exist outside the traditional clinical laboratory.  Graduates with backgrounds in clinical laboratory science occupy positions as medical research and development technologists, technical representatives for medical product and medical equipment companies, and other bio-medically related positions in the biotechnology industry.   

The degree program in Medical Technology is also an excellent foundation for students preparing for graduate studies in a sub-discipline or another health-related area or for pre-professional training in one of the medical sciences (pre-physician assistant, pre-medicine, pre-dentistry). 

Mission Statement

The CLS/MT program prepares graduates for clinical laboratory careers and science/medically-related positions in business and industry.

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Requirements

Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology Program (BS)

Requirements


A. Biology (30 credits)


  • BIO 111 - Organismal Biology (4)
  • BIO 113 - Principles of Biology (4).
  • BIO 326 - Cell Biology (4).
  • BIO 328 - Genetics (4).
  • BIO 405 - Microbiology Lecture (3).
  • BIO 406 - Microbiology Laboratory (1).
  • BIO 425 - Immunology (3).
  • BIO 439 - Clinical Mycology (3).
  • BIO 450 - Parasitology (4).

B. Chemistry (15-18 credits)


  • CHM 260 - Principles of Chemistry I (3)
  • CHM 261 - General Chemistry Laboratory (1)
  • CHM 262 - Principles of Chemistry II (3)
  • CHM 263 - Introductory Quantitative Analysis Laboratory (1)
  • CHM 330 - Organic Chemistry I (3).
  • CHM 331 - Organic Chemistry Laboratory I (1).
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  • Either

  • CHM 332 - Organic Chemistry II (3).
  • CHM 333 - Organic Chemistry Laboratory II (1).
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  • 3-6 additional credits in upper level chemistry

C. Clinical Laboratory Science (10-11 credits)


  • MTP 201 - Introduction to Clinical Laboratory Science (1).
  • MTP 301 - Introduction to Hematology (2).
  • MTP 302 - Introduction to Immunohematology (2).
  • MTP 401 - Clinical Correlation of Laboratory Data (3)
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  • At least 2 credits, selected in consultation with the advisor, from:

  • BIO 438 - Medical Microbiology (4).
  • BIO 467 - Molecular Biology of Procaryotes (4).
  • BIO 468 - Molecular Biology of Eucaryotes (4)
  • MTP 392 - Hemostasis/Coagulation (1).
  • MTP 394 - Clinical Chemistry (3).
  • MTP 395 - Clinical Chemistry Laboratory (1).
  • MTP 398 - Body Fluids/Urinalysis (2).

D. Computer Science (4 credits)


Four credits in CSC and/or CIS courses

E. Electives


Electives to complete a total of 124 credits. Medical terminology, statistics and critical thinking courses are recommended. Other courses relevant to the major include:

  • BIO 432 - Mammalian Physiology (4)
  • BIO 438 - Medical Microbiology (4).
  • BIO 467 - Molecular Biology of Procaryotes (4).
  • MTP 394 - Clinical Chemistry (3).
  • MTP 395 - Clinical Chemistry Laboratory (1).
  • HCR 300 - Health Care in the United States (3)
  • BIO 167 - Human Anatomy and Physiology I (4).
  • BIO 168 - Human Anatomy and Physiology II (4)

F. Additional Requirements


  • All University of Michigan-Flint graduation requirements including General Education requirements  
  • Cumulative grade point averages of at least 2.7 in the program and overall.

Note


Completion of the program requirements and the following course qualifies a student to declare both a minor in biology and a major in clinical laboratory science.

  • BIO 327 - Ecology (4)
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    Minimum Credits for the Degree: 124 credits



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Admission

Whether you are a new freshman or a transfer student, you must submit an application to the Office of Admissions. You should specify Medical Technology as your probable field of study on your application. The Admissions Office can assist you with gaining acceptance into the University, transferring classes, and familiarizing you with the campus.            

Once you have been accepted by the University, you should contact the Director of the Medical Technology Program to schedule a meeting. There is no additional application or admissions process to pursue a major in Medical Technology.

Mission

The CLS/MT program prepares graduates for clinical laboratory careers and science/medically-related positions in business and industry.