The Medical Technology Program includes an academic preparation of three years (88 semester hours including general education) at Clarion and a 12-month course of clinical study in a hospital-based school of medical technology accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences, (NAACLS), (32 semester hours).
Upon successful completion of two years of prescribed courses at Clarion, the student is eligible to apply for admission to the hospital school. Although application is made through the office of the coordinator of medical technology at Clarion, acceptance is at the discretion of the staff of the clinical school. Clinical school spaces are limited, and admission to the Medical Technology Program at Clarion does not guarantee admission to the clinical school year. Clarion University maintains affiliations with six clinical schools; students may apply to accredited, non-affiliated schools, also.
After graduation from Clarion University the student is eligible to take any of several certification examinations. Successful completion of the exam permits practice of the profession in most of the United States. A few states require a state examination for licensure. Further information on the exams can be obtained from the coordinator of medical technology.
The following courses are required during the three years at Clarion: BIOL 155, 156, 165, 166, 201, 203, 341, 444; CHEM 153, 163, 154, 164; eight additional hours of chemistry chosen from CHEM 251, 252, 261, 262, 353, 358, 363, 368, and BCHM 453,463; either BIOL 203 or BCHM 453; and MATH 171, and 221 or 222. Substitutions for the above courses must be approved in writing by the coordinator of medical technology. Students in the program must maintain the following QPAs: first-semester freshmen, 2.0 overall; second-semester freshmen and first-semester sophomores, 2.5 overall; thereafter 2.5 overall with a 2.5 in the natural sciences. Exceptions to these requirements must be approved by the coordinator of medical technology.
Specific information about courses, standards, and requirements established by the affiliate hospital schools are provided to enrolled students by the coordinator of medical technology. Students wishing to transfer into the program must be approved by the coordinator of medical technology and must plan to spend two years on the Clarion Campus. Hospital affiliates are Altoona Hospital, Altoona, Pa.; Williamsport Hospital, Williamsport, Pa.; Saint Vincent Health Center, Erie, Pa.; Guthrie Health Systems, Sayre, Pa.; Conemaugh Health System, Johnstown, Pa.; Women’s Christian Association Hospital, Jamestown, N.Y.; Rochester General Hospital, Rochester, N.Y.; and New York Methodist Hospital, Brooklyn, N.Y.