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Medical Technology/Medical Laboratory Science

About the Program

Medical Technology/Medical Laboratory Science is a challenging and rewarding healthcare profession. Technologists work in a variety of clinical settings as laboratory scientists, specialists, educators, managers, and researchers. An essential member of the healthcare team, the Medical Technologist/Medical Laboratory Scientist provides vital information about the status and function of the body and its systems.

The data, obtained by precision instruments and electronic equipment, is utilized in the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of disease. The major responsibilities of a Medical Technologist/Medical Laboratory Scientist include sample analyses and the interpretation, evaluation, and validation of data obtained in the following clinical laboratory disciplines:

  • Chemistry - quantitative and qualitative analysis of chemical constituents of body fluids
  • Hematology - analysis of blood cells and plasma proteins for abnormalities associated with disease
  • Immunohematology - analysis of antigens and antibodies associated with the transfusion of blood components
  • Immunology/Serology - analysis of the body's immune response in relation to the diagnosis of infectious and non-infectious diseases
  • Microbiology - identification and evaluation of bacteria, viruses, fungi, and parasites associated with infectious diseases
  • Urinalysis - physical, chemical, and microscopic examination of the urine.

Molecular Pathology/Diagnostics is an emerging laboratory discipline in which the application of sophisticated methodologies and techniques leads to data used in the diagnosis, treatment, and prognosis of genetic disorders, malignancies, and infectious diseases.
Associated responsibilities include:

  • Instrument selection, operation, maintenance and troubleshooting.
  • Utilization of a computerized information system for data input, retrieval and analysis
  • Quality control, quality assurance and performance improvement
  • Inventory control
  • Supervision of supportive personnel
  • Education of students and other health care personnel
  • Clinical research

The Medical Technology/Medical Laboratory Science Program at Old Dominion University, the oldest health science program at the university, originated from two hospital-based programs that were started in the late 1920s and early 1930s at DePaul Hospital and Norfolk General Hospital. The program is fully accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS).

5600 N. River Rd.
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Rosemont, IL 60018-5119
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http://www.naacls.org/

In 1972 Old Dominion University's Medical Technology/Medical Laboratory Science Program was the first in Virginia to institute the innovative two-plus-two curriculum. Leading to the B.S. in Medical Technology degree, this curriculum provides the fundamentals of a liberal education in the first years and professional studies in Medical Technology/Medical Laboratory Science in the junior and senior years. In the junior and senior years, pre-clinical laboratory training and didactic instruction at the university are integrated with clinical experience at several area hospitals and clinics.

When the B.S. in Medical Technology (BSMT) degree requirements are successfully completed, the graduate is eligible for examination and certification through the Board of Certification of the American Society for Clinical Pathologists (ASCP).

MLT to MT Articulation:

Articulation into the BSMT Program is available to individuals who are graduates of a formal laboratory training program. Students with previous laboratory training may complete the degree by completing courses in the traditional BSMT Program or the BSMT Weekend Program. Advanced placement will be based on educational background and work experience.

Weekend Program:

The BSMT Weekend Program is available for laboratory practitioners who are former associate degree, hospital or military program trainees and who are currently employed in a full service clinical laboratory. The program builds on previously acquired strengths and accomplishments, allowing students to acquire advanced technical, managerial, and problem-solving skills. The weekend curriculum is designed to meet the needs of local and distant practitioners who seek a baccalaureate degree. Program and university required courses are available on weekends and through Teletechnet.

A minor in Medical Technology/Medical Laboratory Science requires a minimum of twelve (12) credit hours of MEDT courses. Students may choose courses from a specific discipline or from several disciplines. Selection of a minor program of study is done in consultation with a Program Faculty Advisor.

Minor Programs of Study: