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Medical Technology Program

What is Medical Technology? Medical technologists serve as technical assistants to pathologists, performing clinical laboratory procedures helpful to physicians in the determination of the nature, course, and treatment of disease. A Bachelor of Science degree in Biology with emphasis in Medical Technology at FMU is awarded after successful completion of 124 credit hours of classroom and laboratory work. A cooperative program with McLeod Regional Medical Center allows the student to become a medical technologist in 4 years, if the student completes his/her clinical studies during the senior year (the "3 + 1" option). Students may alternatively elect to first obtain a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology, with the appropriate prerequisites, and then apply to the Medical Technology program for their clinical year of study (the "4 + 1" option). This option would require 5 years of study.

Application to this program must be made during the student's junior year (for the 3 + 1 option), and acceptance is on a competitive basis. For more information about Medical Technology at FMU contact the Program Director, Dr. Larry McCumber, by email: lmccumber@fmarion.edu or phone: (843) 661-1401.

MEDICAL TECHNOLOGY 3+1 OPTION

REPRESENTATIVE SCEDULE FOR BIOLOGY MAJORS WITH EMPHASIS IN MEDICAL TECHNOLOGY AND A CHEMISTRY MINOR:

Freshman Year:

Fall Spring
Course Sem. Hours Course Sem. Hours
English 112 3 English 200 3
Math 111 3 Math 112 3
Biology 105 & Lab 4 Biology 106 & Lab 4
Chemistry 101 & Lab 4 Chemistry 102 & Lab 4
Total Credits 14   14

 

Sophomore Year:

Fall Spring
Course Sem. Hours Course Sem. Hours
Biology 311 & Lab 4 Biology Elective 4
Chemistry 201 & Lab 4 Chemistry 202 & Lab 4
Math 114 3 History (200 level) 3
Computer Science 150 or 190 3 Speech Comm. 3
Social Science Elective 3 Art, Music, or Theatre 101 3
Total Credits 17   17

 

Junior Year:

Fall Spring
Course Sem. Hours Course Sem. Hours
Biology 401 & Lab 4 Biology 407 & Lab 4
Politcal Sci. 101 or 103 3 Humanities Elective 3
Physics 215 & Lab 4 Literature 3
Chemistry 203 & Lab 4 Social Science Elective 3
    Chemistry 102 & Lab 4
Total Credits 15   17

 

Senior Year:

Fall Spring
Course Sem. Hours Course Sem. Hours
Biology 495 15 Biology 496 15
Total Credits 14   14

 

TOTAL HOURS Required for Degree: 124

 

Bachelor of Science degree in Biology with emphasis in Medical Technology

This degree is awarded after successful completion of 124 hours, including the following:

1. A minimum of 94 semester hours, including the General Education Requirements and the following courses:

  • Biology - 24 semester hours 
  • General Biology (105, 106); 8 hours 
  • Microbiology (311); 4 hours 
  • Immunology (407); 4 hours 
  • Genetics (401); 4 hours 
  • Biology Elective; 4 hours
  • Chemistry - 16 semester hours 
  • General Chemistry (101, 102); 8 hours 
  • Organic Chemistry (201, 202); 8 hours
  • Chemistry Minor (or Second Collateral) - 4 (or 12) semester hours 
  • Quantitative Analysis (203); 4 hours
  • (or Second Collateral, 12 hours)
  • Mathematics - 9 semester hours 
  • Math (2 courses from 111, 112, 180 or higher); 6 hours 
  • Statistics (114); 3 hours
  • Physics - 8 (or 12) semester hours 
  • Physics 215, 216 (or 200, 201, 202); 8 to 12 hours
  • Computer Science - (CS 150, 190); 3 hours

 

2. McLeod affiliation:

Francis Marion University is currently affiliated with the School of Medical Technology at the McLeod Regional Medical Center in Florence, South Carolina. A limited number of FMU students will be admitted to the McLeod program on a competitive basis, upon application during the junior year.

Students will be admitted only if: 

  • A. they have completed 3 academic years (or the equivalent) of undergraduate study including all of the General Education Requirements; 
  • B. they have a minimum GPA of 2.6 in their biology, chemistry, physics, mathematics, and computer science courses; 
  • C. they have a 2.5 overall GPA.

 

3. Completion of a 30-hour clinical curriculum (Biology 495 and 496) in the Medical Technology program, as approved by FMU.

Biology 495 and 496: Internship for fifty-one weeks at McLeod Medical Center, integrating classroom lectures and practical laboratory experiences. Students receive hands-on experience in each department of the clinical laboratory. Schedules are rotated to give students several weeks to learn the basic techniques of each department. Credit will be given for the following courses: 

  • MT 405 - Clinical Hematology; 4 credit hours
  • MT 410 - Clinical Hemostasis; 2 credit hours
  • MT 415 - Instrumentation and Methods; 2 credit hours
  • MT 420 - Clinical Chemistry; 4 credit hours
  • MT 425 - Clinical Microbiology; 4 credit hours
  • MT 430 - Mycology, Parasitology, and Virology; 3 credit hours
  • MT 440 - Clinical Microscopy; 2 credit hours
  • MT 450 - Immunohematology; 4 credit hours
  • MT 455 - Clinical Immunology; 3 credit hours
  • MT 460 - Medical Laboratory Systems; 2 credit hours

TOTAL 30 credit hours

A student can complete the requirements for the degree to become a medical technologist in four years. The student is then eligible to take the National Certification Exam from the ASCP or NCA.

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