Cooperative Program in Medical Technology

In cooperation with the St. Luke's Methodist Hospital School of Medical Laboratory Science in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Cornell offers a four-year program leading to a baccalaureate degree and to registration as a medical laboratory scientist/medical technologist. The first three years of this program are taken in residence at Cornell College, where candidates must complete 24 course credits with a minimum cumulative 2.5 grade point average in all science courses and a cumulative grade point average of 2.5 or higher. The minimum requirements for admission to the program are BIO 141 (Foundations: Cellular Biology), 142 (Foundations: Organismal Biology), 205 (Cell and Molecular Biology), 315 (Genetics), 326 (Microbiology), and 329 or 330 (Human Anatomy and Physiology I or II); CHE 121 and 122 (Chemical Principles I and II), 202 (Analytical Chemistry) and 225 (Organic Chemistry I); and MAT 110 (On the Shoulders of Giants: Great Mathematical Ideas) or STA 201 (Statistical Methods I). The fourth year is a full calendar year (12 months) and is spent at St. Luke's Hospital under the supervision of the staff pathologist. Admission to the St. Luke's program is not automatic but is competitive and based upon grade point average, the recommendation of the program advisor, and the approval of the Admissions Committee of St. Luke's.

The St. Luke's Hospital Medical Technology Program is approved by the Registry of Medical Technologists of the American Society of Clinical Pathologists, which is affiliated with the American Medical Association. Candidates completing the program are examined by the ASCP for registry and, if approved, may practice in most states in the United States.

The curriculum in Medical Technology consists of one hour of lecture and seven hours of practical experience per day in the following laboratory departments: urinalysis, bacteriology, mycology, virology, parasitology, histology-cytology, chemistry, isotopes, hematology, coagulation, serology, blood bank, and laboratory management. Upon the completion of these courses with a grade point average of 2.0 or higher, the candidate will be granted four course credits in biology, three course credits in chemistry, and one unassigned credit. Program Advisor: Barbara Christie-Pope