Medical Technology

To become a Medical Technologist a student must complete a minimum of three years of pre-clinical work at a college or university followed by a twelve month professional medical technology clinical experience  at one of the approximately 230 Clinical Laboratory Science Programs accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences.  A baccalaureate degree followed by the twelve month professional program is another option.

During the pre-clinical years, the student must complete a minimum of 90 semester hours and meet all requirements for graduation in his/her major field (except for the total hour requirement and total hours in a major field). The course work of the professional medical technology program then substitutes for the fourth year of undergraduate study and the student can thus arrange to receive the B.A. degree from the undergraduate institution upon successful completion of the medical technology program. 

Franklin College maintains affiliations with the CLS Programs at Indiana University Health (IUH) Methodist Hospital and Franciscan St. Francis Health, both in Indianapolis. This provides that, upon successful completion of the 90 hours (three years) at Franklin and the 12-month program at IUH Methodist or St. Francis, the student will receive a B.A. degree from Franklin College and is eligible to take the national certification examination given by the Board of Registry of the American Society for Clinical Pathology.

The minimum pre-clinical phase science  required for most accredited Medical Technology Schools are listed below. Some programs (including the ones at IU Health Methodist Hospital and St. Francis) require that specific courses be included in these minimum requirements or in addition to them.

  1. Chemistry: A minimum of 16 semester hours, including organic or biochemistry
  2. Biological Sciences: A minimum of 16 semester hours, including immunology and microbiology

  3. Mathematics: One semester of college level mathematics.

Listed below are the preferred Franklin College courses which would satisfy the requirements in science and mathematics for the Methodist and St. Francis Hospital programs.

Biological ScienceChemistry
BIO 115 & 120  Human Anatomy and Physiology I & IICHE 121/123 General Chemistry I
BIO 140 Cell BiologyCHE 122/124 General Chemistry II
BIO 373 Microbiology (includes immunology)CHE 221/223 Organic Chemistry I

CHE 222/224 Organic Chemistry II**

CHE 334 Biochemistry**

** CHE 121-124, 221 and 223 total only 15 credits, thus one additional course is necessary to meet the 16 credit requirement. While Biochemistry is not specifically required, it is highly recommended and has a pre-requisite of CHE 222/224.

Mathematics:  MAT 135 Calculus I or MAT/PSY 224 Basic Applied Statistics

Courses recommended by both programs but NOT required are: computer science, genetics, statistics, parasitology, quantitative chemistry, instrumentation, and physics.

Admission to a medical technology program is highly competitive. Meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission. Grades, letters of recommendation and a personal interview are used by medical technology schools in their evaluation of an applicant. It is important that a prospective student should be interested in and very competent in laboratory skills and operations.

The Consortium of Indiana Medical Laboratory Educators, Inc. (CIMLE) was incorporated in 1982 by a group of Education Coordinators and Program Directors of Medical Laboratory Technician and Medical Technology Programs in the state of Indiana. One of the activities of the organization has been the implementation of the "Indiana Student/Program Matching Service for Medical Technology." All 6 Medical Technology programs in Indiana use this service to select students for their classes each year. You must apply to each program individually in which you are interested, as well as the Matching Service. Each student who interviews (October thru mid-December) will be given a Match form and instructions for filling it out, including deadlines. The Match is held in early January for the following the fall.  See the preprofessional advisor for more information about the procedure to be followed to use this service and the way in which the matching is done by the service.

Possible schedules of courses for the three pre-clinical years are given in the links below for students with majors in biology or chemistry. Students in the 3+1 Medical Technology Program are not required to take all of the courses required for the standard biology/chemistry major. However, should the student not be accepted into a Medical technology program or change his/her mind about being in the program, he/she would need to complete the requirements for a standard major in their fourth year to graduate from Franklin with a degree in biology or chemistry. 

For students who complete a four year B.A. program prior to entrance to a Medical Technology program, the courses can be rearranged in many ways to reduce the very heavy science course load in some semesters. Also in a four year program it is easier to include some of the courses which are recommended but not required by the programs you wish to apply.

3+1 Biology Med-Tech

3+1 Chemistry Med Tech  

Pre-Medical Technology  Advisor:  

Dr. Edward Chikwana