Bulletin--Medical Technology Program

Medical Technology

College of Science and Engineering
Dean: James C. Kelley

Center for Advanced Medical Technology
SCI 211
Director: William Bigler

Graduate Coordinator: W. Bigler

M.S. in Clinical Science

Certificate in Medical Technology

Program Scope
Graduate programs are offered leading to the Master of Science in Clinical Science and preparation for becoming eligible to take the licensure examination and be certified as a clinical laboratory technologist. By working closely with an adviser, the student can select courses which provide an emphasis in: clinical chemistry, hematology, clinical immunology, laboratory management, clinical microbiology, medical technology education, immunohematology, toxicology, or clinical virology. The M.S. program can be designed to fulfill the academic requirements for licensure as a bioanalyst. For additional information regarding the master's degree program, please contact the director of the Center for Advanced Medical Technology. CAMT (and SFSU Extended Learning) also offers a non-credit 160-hour program for external professional certification of phlebotomists.

The 62-week (2,548 hour) Certificate in Medical Technology program prepares students for the State of California licensure examination for Clinical Laboratory Technologists (CLT), for the National Certification Agency for Clinical Laboratory Personnel's Clinical Laboratory Scientist (CLS) examination, and for the Board of Registry examination for medical technology certification by the American Society of Clinical Pathologists (MT-ASCP). The job opportunities for graduates are primarily in hospital and reference laboratories, but students are well prepared for careers as laboratory supervisors, research technicians, laboratory consultants, industrial technical representatives, marketing specialists for laboratory products, etc. Graduates who excel and aspire to master's and doctoral degrees are well prepared to enter many specialty disciplines; e.g., medicine (especially human and veterinary clinical pathology), microbiology, immunology, clinical chemistry, etc.

Career Outlook
Many health related career disciplines are expanding. There is a widespread shortage of training opportunities for clinical laboratory scientists and technologists. Consequently, the long term career outlook for graduates of CAMT's programs is excellent.


Graduate Advisers—Bigler, Blackwood, Romeo, Schmidt

Admission to Program
Students must have a Bachelor of Science in Clinical Science or the equivalent. Individuals with related degrees who are working in clinical science research or industry may be admitted. A detailed description of the program is available in the Policies and Procedures Manual at the CAMT office.

Written English Proficiency Requirement
Level One: must be completed by passing the Graduate English Test (GET) which is administered by the university Testing Center two-three weeks before the start of each semester. Students must pass GET or the assigned English course(s) by the end of their second semester. Level Two: requires approval of a written research proposal by the faculty committee that supervises the student's research.

Courses for this program are listed in alphabetical sequence (see Clinical Science discipline in the Announcement of Courses section).

Program						Units
BIOL 700	Biological Literature		    2
CLSC 703	Biostatistics and Quality 
		Control				    2
CLSC 705	Laboratory Administration	    3
CLSC 708	Laboratory Instrumentation and 
		Electronics			    3
CLSC 880	Seminar in Clinical 
		Science (1) or
		CLSC 881, 882, 883, 884, 885, 
		886, 887			    1
Plan A
Upper division or graduate courses selected with 
the approval of student's advisory committee	   16
CLSC 896	Directed Reading		    1
CLSC 897	Research			  0-1
CLSC 895	Research Project		    3
and Preliminary Oral Examination and Oral 
Comprehensive Examination
		Minimum total			   31
Plan B
Upper division or graduate courses selected with 
the approval of student's advisory committee	10-14
CLSC 896	Directed Reading		    1
CLSC 897	Research			  2-6
CLSC 898	Master's Thesis			    3
and Preliminary Oral Examination and Oral 
Defense of Thesis
		Minimum total			   31
Any one of the oral examinations may be repeated once at the discretion of the committee.


Graduate Advisers—Haas, Herrmann, Seman, Rogers

Six semester units (CLSC 705, 708) of the 30-unit program may be counted toward completion of SFSU's Master of Science in Clinical Science degree program.

Admission to the Program
Prerequisites are: (1) admissibility as a SFSU graduate student, (2) the science course preparation of the SFSU Bachelor of Science in Clinical Science degree or the equivalent, (3) an active CLT-Trainee's license from the State of California Department of Health Services, (4) completion of the application forms of the Student Record Center (SRC), including letters of reference, and (5) an interview at CAMT/SFSU. The department is available to advise applicants about these admissions procedures. Classes start at the first of July and January.

Students enroll for fifteen units each semester and for an Extended Learning Intersession course for the non-semester periods of the program.

First Semester					Units
CESP 549	CAMT Intersession		 0
CLSC 701	On-Campus Laboratory Internship	 9
CLSC 703	Biostatistics and Quality 
		Control				 2
CLSC 704	Quality Control Workshop	 1
CLSC 708	Laboratory Instrumentation and 
		Electronics			 3
Second Semester
CLSC 702	Off-Campus Clinical Laboratory 
		Internship			12
CLSC 705	Laboratory Administration	 3
		Minimum total			30

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