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Categorical Certificate Training Program

Overview

Overview

Purpose

Provides rapid training for individuals who possess a baccalaureate or advanced degree in chemistry, biology or other basic sciences.

Outcome

Students who successfully complete all requirements of this program become eligible to sit for certification examination as Technologists in chemistry, hematology, microbiology or blood banking through the American Society for Clinical Pathology.

Specialty Areas

  • Chemistry
  • Hematology
  • CORE (Chemistry + Hematology)
  • Microbiology
  • Blood Banking

Students select ONE specialty area for certification. CORE laboratory specialty requires the taking of both chemistry and hematology certifications as Technologists in each area. 

Program Details

Program length varies with specialty and semester of entry.

  • Spring admission: two semesters plus clinical rotation
  • Fall admission: three semesters plus clinical rotation
  • 16-19 Weeks, 13-16 credits: Online fast-track virtual clinical microbiology categorical designed for those employed in a clinical microbiology laboratory who have a BS degree but did not complete an MLT or MLS program. Estimated launch: Spring 2023.

For the Blood Bank Categorical Certificate, applicants must already be employed in a blood bank laboratory (minimum of one-year experience) to be eligible for admission

Why the Department of Medical & Research Technology (DMRT)?

  • Small class size and high faculty-to-student ratio
  • Clinical rotations available at hospital laboratories

Benefits

  • Increases the marketability of individuals in the health professions.
  • Expands employment opportunities.
  • Provides preparation for a profession with a well-defined career ladder in hospital laboratories, public and private research laboratories, as well as in education.
  • Provides preparation for a profession that offers long-term flexibility, stability and advancement.
  • Provides an excellent academic foundation for the pursuit of advanced degrees.

Accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Science 

Chemistry

Chemistry

Eligible for C(ASCP) Technologist Certification

Option #1 Spring Admission (3 Semesters)

Spring Semester
Intro to Laboratory Techniques 1 credit
Instrumentation/Analytical Methods 4 credits
Lab Management /QA/Reg Issues 3 credits
Fall Semester
Urinalysis & Body Fluids 2 credits
Clinical Chemistry 4 credits
Clinical Immunology 4 credits
Spring Semester
Clinical Chemistry Rotation 3 credits
TOTAL   21 credits  

Option #2 Fall Admission (4 Semesters)

Fall Semester
Intro to Laboratory Techniques 1 credit
Clinical Immunology 4 credits
Spring Semester
Instrumentation/Analytical Methods 4 credits
Lab Management/QA/Reg Issues 3 credits
Fall Semester
Urinalysis & Body Fluids 2 credits
Clinical Chemistry 4 credits
Spring Semester
Clinical Chemistry Rotation 3 credits
TOTAL 21 credits

Blood Banking

Blood Banking

Blood Banking Categorical*

Eligible for BB(ASCP) Technologist Certification

Fall Semester
Intro to Lab Techniques 1 credit
Clinical Immunology 4 credits
Spring Semester
Hematology I 3 credits
Lab Management /QA/Reg Issues 3 credits
Fall Semester
Immunohematology 4 credits
MEDT 408 Research Topic 2 credits
Spring Semester
Clinical Immunohematology Rotation 3 credits
TOTAL 20 credits

* Must be working in a blood bank laboratory (minimum one-year experience)

Hematology

Hematology

OPTION #1 Spring Admission (3 Semesters)

Spring Semester
Intro to Laboratory Techniques 1 credit
Hematology I 3 credits
Lab Management/QA/Reg Issues 3 credits
Fall Semester
Hematology II 3 credits
Clinical Immunology 4 credits
Urinalysis & Body Fluids 2 credits
Spring Semester
Clinical Hematology Rotation 3 credits
TOTAL 19 credits

OPTION #2 Fall Admission (3 Semesters)

Fall Semester
Intro to Laboratory Techniques 1 credit
Clinical Immunology 4 credits
Spring Semester
Hematology I 3 credits
Lab Management/QA/Regs 3 credits
Fall Semester
Hematology II 3 credits
UA/Body Fluids 2 credits
Spring Semester
Clinical Hematology Rotation 3 credits
TOTAL 19 credits

Microbiology

Microbiology (virtual fast track)

Designed for non-MLS BS degree individuals who are employed in a clinical microbiology laboratory

Eligible for M(ASCP) Technologist Certification

16 weeks without clinical rotation, 19 weeks with 14-day clinical rotation, 13-16 hours

1 hour per week of instruction is equivalent to 1 credit

1 hour = 60 minutes of instruction each week

Classes are twice a week, therefore a 3-hour course requires 6 hours of time. The first session requires 12 hours of time each week and the second session requires 14 hours of time each week. The Practicum is 14 days long. 

Curriculum
Weeks 1 - 8Hours
MEDT 490 Pathogenic Microbiology 3
MEDT 471 Parasitology/MycologyVirology 3
Weeks 9 - 16Hours
MEDT 472 Clinical Microbiology 4
MEDT 409 Lab Management/QA/Reg Issues 3
If BS degree but NOT employed in a clinical microbiology laboratory
MEDT 473 Clinical Practice Microbiology 3
TOTAL: 16

Microbiology (TRADITIONAL)

Designed for BS degree individuals who are not employed in a clinical microbiology laboratory and who prefer face-to-face instruction.

Each course except MEDT 409 has an associated laboratory that is performed following the lecture.

Eligible for M(ASCP) Technologist Certification

3-4 semesters, 22-26 hours

1 hour per week of instruction is equivalent to 1 credit

1 hour = 60 minutes of instruction each week

 

Option 1 Spring Admission (3 semesters)

 

Curriculum
Spring SemesterHours
MEDT 490 Pathogenic Microbiology 3
MEDT 471 Parasitology/Mycology/Virology  3
MEDT 409 Laboratory Management/QA/QC 3
MEDT 321 Intro to Laboratory Techniques  1
Summer Semester  
MEDT 480 Micro Lab Skills 1
Fall SemesterHours
MEDT 472 Clinical Microbiology 4
MEDT 491 Clinical Immunology 4
MEDT 451 Cell & Molecular Biology (optional) 4
Spring SemesterHours
MEDT 473 Clinical Practice Microbiology  3
TOTAL 22-26

 

Option 2 Fall Admission (4 semesters)

Curriculum
Fall SemesterHours
MEDT 321 Intro to Lab Techniques 1
MEDT 491 Clinical Immunology 4
MEDT 451 Cell & Moleculary Biology (optional) 4
Spring Semester  
MEDT 490 Pathogenic Microbiology 3
MEDT 471 Parasitology/Mycology/Virology 3
MEDT 409 Laboratory Management/QA/QC 3
Summer Semester  
MEDT 480 Micro Lab Skills 1
Fall SemesterHours
MEDT 472 Clinical Microbiology 4
Spring SemesterHours
MEDT 473 Clinical Practice Microbiology 3
TOTAL 22-26

 

CORE

CORE

Eligible for C,H(ASCP) Technologist Certification

OPTION #1 Spring Admission (3 Semesters)

Spring Semester
Intro to Laboratory Techniques 1 credit
Hematology I 3 credits
Instrumentation/Analytical Methods 4 credits
Lab Management /QA/Reg Issues 3 credits
Fall Semester
Urinalysis & Body Fluids 2 credits
Clinical Chemistry 4 credits
Hematology II 3 credits
Clinical Immunology 4 credits
Spring Semester
Clinical Chemistry Rotation 3 credits
Clinical Hematology Rotation 3 credits
TOTAL 30 credits

OPTION #2 Fall Admission (4 Semesters)

Fall Semester
Intro to Laboratory Techniques 1 credit
Clinical Immunology 4 credits
Spring Semester
Hematology I 3 credits
Instrumentation/Anal Methods 4 credits
Lab Management/QA/Regs 3 credits
Fall Semester
Hematology II 3 credits
Clinical Chemistry 4 credits
Urinalysis/Body Fluids 2 credits
Spring Semester
Clinical Chemistry Rotation 3 credits
Clinical Hematology Rotation 3 credits
TOTAL 30 credits