Undergraduate Catalog 2013-14
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Medical Technology (MET)
Bachelor of Science (B.S.)8 Semester Plan
120 Credit Hours
CIP Code: 51.1005
College of Arts & Sciences
The University of South Florida offers a four year program leading to the Bachelor of Science degree in Medical Technology. The first three years are completed on campus; the fourth year (12 months) is completed at one of three affiliated hospitals in Florida, located in Tampa, St. Petersburg, and Jacksonville. Admission to the fourth year is limited by the number of openings in affiliated hospitals and, at the present time, is competitive. Selection for the clinical program is made by the hospitals and students not admitted to a clinical program will need to select an alternate degree. Generally, hospitals require a minimum GPA of 2.50 to a 2.75, and our students admitted to clinical programs in recent years have had a mean GPA of 3.4 or higher.
Students successfully completing this program will be granted a Bachelor of Science degree in Medical Technology.
College Level Requirements
State Mandated Common Course Prerequisites
Students wishing to transfer to USF should complete the A.A. degree at a Florida College System institution. Some courses required for the major may also meet FKL Liberal Arts Requirements thereby transferring maximum hours to the university.
A student who transfers with fewer than 60 semester hours of acceptable credit must meet the university's entering freshman requirements including ACT or SAT test scores, GPA, and course requirements. The transfer student should also be aware of the immunization, foreign language, and continuous enrollment policies of the university.
Students should complete the following prerequisite courses listed below at the lower level prior to entering the university. If these courses are not taken at the community college, they must be completed before the degree is granted. Unless stated otherwise, a grade of "C" is the minimum acceptable grade. They may be completed at a Florida College System institution or other institution or at USF.
- General Biology I with Lab (e.g. BSC1010C, BSC1011C, BSC1010/1010L, BSC 1011/1011L, BSC 2010/2010L, PCB 2011C, PCB 2131/2131L, BSC 2011/2011L, ZOO 2010, ZOO 1010)
- Human Anatomy and Physiology I with Lab (e.g. BSC 1085/1085L, BSC 1085C, BSC 1093, BSC 2093C, BSC 2085/2085L, BSC 1011C, BSC 2011, PCB 4703, PCB 3703, PCB 3702, PCB 3702, (student's choice of one of these three labs), PCB 3703C, BSC 2085C, BSC 2023C)
- Human Anatomy and Physiology II with Lab (e.g. BSC 1086/1086L, BSC 1086C, BSC 2094C, ZOO 3733C, ZOO 3731, PCB 3134C, PCB 2131, BSC 1094, BSC 2096, BSC 2011, PCB 2510/2510L, BSC 2086C)
- General Microbiology with Lab(e.g. MCB 3020/3020L, MCB 2013/2013L, MCB 2013C/2013L, MCB 3023/3023L, MCB 3020C, MCB 2010/2010L)
- General Chemistry I with Lab (e.g. CHM 1045/1045L, CHM 1045C, CHM 2045/2045L)
- General Chemistry II with Lab (e.g. CHM 1046/1046L, CHM 1046C, CHM 1040/1040L, CHM 1041/1041L, CHM 1046E/1046L, CHM 2046/2046L)
- Organic Chemistry I with Lab (e.g. CHM 2210/2210L, CHM 2210C CHM 2210/2211L, CHM 3210C, CHM 3210/3210L, CHM 3210/3211L
- Organic Chemistry II with Lab(e.g. CHM 2211/2211L, CHM 2211C, CHM 2210C, CHM 2210/2210L, CHM 3211/3211L, CHM 32100/3210L, CHM 3210/3211L,, CHM 3210C)
- Statistics (e.g. STA 2023, STA 2014, STA 2022, STA 2024, STA 2321, STA 3023)
Students should carefully follow all prerequisite requirements for individual courses. The USF courses recommended to meet the state mandated prerequisites as listed above are:
- BSC 2010 Cellular Processes and BSC 2010 L Cellular Processes Laboratory
- BSC 2011 Biodiversity and BSC 2011L Biodiversity Laboratory
- BSC 2093C Human Anatomy and Physiology I or BSC 2085 Anatomy and Physiology I for Health Professionals and 1085L Anatomy and Physiology Lab I for Health Professionals
- MCB 3020C General Microbiology
- CHM 2045 General Chemistry I and CHM 2045L General Chemistry I Laboratory
- CHM 2046 General Chemistry II and CHM 2046L General Chemistry II Laboratory
- CHM 2210 Organic Chemistry I and CHM 2210L Organic Chemistry Laboratory I
- CHM 2211 Organic Chemistry II and CHM 2211L Organic Chemistry Laboratory II
- STA 2023 Introductory Statistics
- MAC 1105 College Algebra (or MAC 1147)
- PCB 3023 Cell Biology and PCB 3023L Cell Biology Laboratory
- PCB 4234 Principles of Immunology (or equivalent)
- MCB 4115C Determinative Bacteriology
- BCH 3023 Biochemistry (BCH 3023)
Total Major Hours: 30 Hours
Major CoreHospital programs begin in July or early August each year, and some hospitals also have programs beginning in January. During this clinical training, the student will continue to be registered as a full time student of the university and will receive a total of 30 credit hours of work.
Major Core Courses - 30 Hours
- MLS 4038 Introduction to Medical Technology
- MLS 4861 Clinical Immunology
- MLS 4863 Clinical Microbiology
- MLS 4865 Clinical Immunohematology
- MLS 4860 Clinical Urinalysis and Body Fluid
- MLS 4862 Clinical Hematology
- MLS 4864 Clinical Chemistry
- MLS 4866 Clinical Laboratory Management and Education
All undergraduate students in any degree program can participate in undergraduate research. There are a number of options to receive academic credit for a mentored research experience and to have the experience show on the official transcript. Students who wish to enroll in an undergraduate research course should consult with their academic advisor to understand how the credit will apply towards the degree requirements. If no credit is needed, students may be eligible to enroll in the 0-credit IDS 2912 or IDS 4914 courses. These courses will not impact degree credits or GPA but will show on an official transcript and document the experience. The Office for Undergraduate Research will assist students in understanding the various course options.