Undergraduate Catalog 2015-2016
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 Laboratory
(e.g. BSC 1010C, BSC 1011C, BSC 1010/BSC 1010L, BSC 1011/BSC 1011L, BSC 2010/BSC 2010L, PCB 2011C, PCB 2131/PCB 2131L, BSC 2011/BSC 2011L, ZOO 2010, ZOO 1010).
USF's course recommendation: BSC 2010/BSC 2010L.
Human Anatomy and Physiology I with Laboratory
(e.g. BSC 1085/BSC 1085L, BSC 1085C, BSC 1093, BSC 2093C, BSC 2085/BSC 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). USF's course recommendation: BSC 2093C or BSC 2085/BSC 2085L.
Human Anatomy and Physiology II with Laboratory
(e.g. BSC 1086/BSC 1086L, BSC 1086C, BSC 2094C, ZOO 3733C, ZOO 3731, PCB 3134C, PCB 2131, BSC 1094, BSC 2096, BSC 2011, PCB 2510/PCB 2510L, BSC 2086C),
USF's course recommendation: BSC 2094C or BSC 2086/BSC 2086L.
General Microbiology with Laboratory
(e.g. MCB 3020/MCB 3020L, MCB 2013/MCB 2013L, MCB 2013C/MCB 2013L, MCB 3023/MCB 3023L, MCB 3020C, MCB 2010/MCB 2010L).
USF's course recommendation: MCB 3020C.
General Chemistry I with Laboratory
(e.g. CHM 1045/CHM 1045L, CHM 1045C, CHM 2045/CHM 2045L).
USF's course recommendation: CHM 2045/CHM 2045L.
General Chemistry II with Laboratory
(e.g. CHM 1046/CHM 1046L, CHM 1046C, CHM 1040/CHM 1040L, CHM 1041/CHM 1041L, CHM 1046/CHM 1046L, CHM 2046/CHM 2046L).
USF's course recommendation: CHM 2046/CHM 2046L.
Organic Chemistry I with Laboratory
(e.g. CHM 2210/CHM 2210L, CHM 2210C CHM 2210/CHM 2211L, CHM 3210C, CHM 3210/CHM 3210L, CHM 3210/CHM 3211L).
USF's course recommendation: CHM 2210/CHM 2210L.
Organic Chemistry II with Laboratory
(e.g. CHM 2211/CHM 2211L, CHM 2211C, CHM 2210C, CHM 2210/CHM 2210L, CHM 3211/CHM 3211L, CHM 32100/CHM 3210L, CHM 3210/CHM 3211L, CHM 3210C).
USF's course recommendation: CHM 2211/CHM 2211L.
(e.g. STA 2023, STA 2014, STA 2022, STA 2024, STA 2321, STA 3023).
USF's course recommendation: STA 2023.
Total Major Hours: 85 Hours
Major Core Courses - 85 Hours
- BSC 2010 Cellular Processes
- BSC 2010L Cellular Processes Laboratory
- BSC 2011 Biodiversity
- BSC 2011L Biodiversity Laboratory
- BSC 2093C Human Anatomy and Physiology I or BSC 2085 Anatomy and Physiology I for Health Professionals and BSC 2085L Anatomy and Physiology Laboratory I for Health Professionals
- BSC 2094C Human Anatomy and Physiology II or BSC 2086 Anatomy and Physiology II for Health Professionals and BSC 2086L Anatomy and Physiology Laboratory II for Health Professionals
- MCB 3020 General Microbiology and MCB 3020L General Microbiology Lab
- CHM 2045 General Chemistry I
- CHM 2045L General Chemistry I Laboratory
- CHM 2046 General Chemistry II
- CHM 2046L General Chemistry II Laboratory
- CHM 2210 Organic Chemistry I
- CHM 2210L Organic Chemistry Laboratory I
- CHM 2211 Organic Chemistry II
- CHM 2211L Organic Chemistry Laboratory II
- STA 2023 Introductory Statistics I
- MAC 1105 College Algebra (or MAC 1147 Precalculus Algebra and Trigonometry)
- PCB 3023 Cell Biology
- PCB 3023L Cell Biology Laboratory
- PCB 4234 Principles of Immunology (or equivalent)
- MCB 4115 Determinative Bacteriology and MCB 4115L Determinative Bacteriology Lab
- BCH 3053 General Biochemistry
Upon successful completion of this curriculum and acceptance by one of the affiliated hospitals, the student will complete twelve (12) continuous months of training at that hospital. Hospital 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 coursework in the following courses, which will be taught at the hospital:
Additional Major Requirements
All courses required for admission to the clinical program must be completed prior to beginning the clinical year. These requirements include:
- A minimum of 90 semester hours (excluding physical education).
- All university FKL Liberal Arts requirements.
- Communication and computation requirements for Gordon Rule (Florida Board of Governor's Regulation 6.017).
- All sciences and mathematics requirements listed below, including common prerequisites and those specific to USF, with a "C" or higher in each course.
Free Electives. Courses over and above the required courses should be taken to complete a 120 hour program. Additional courses in computer programming, economics, management, engineering, statistics, writing, and other applied disciplines are strongly recommended to strengthen the degree for subsequent professional employment.
Transfer Credit: It is strongly recommended that students transferring from community/state colleges to the University of South Florida complete whole sequences of chemistry courses, such as general and organic chemistry, before they transfer. Even though courses may carry the same common course number, topics covered may vary significantly from school to school.
D/F Policy: The following three departments, the Department of Chemistry, the Department of Cell Biology, Microbiology and Molecular Biology and the Department of Integrative Biology have instituted a procedure to provide students with the best opportunity to progress toward their degree requirements.
Effective Fall 2009, the following D and/or F grade rules apply for students to continue in all of the following majors:
- Biomedical Sciences
- Biology (including the marine science concentration)
- Chemistry (BA, BS)
- Interdisciplinary Natural Sciences (INS)
- Medical Technology and
- Pre-medical sciences students (PMS) who have not yet declared a major
All students entering USF for the first time, in Fall 2009 or later, who subsequently earn three (3) D and/or F grades in applicable USF science and math coursework for their major (i.e. Math, Biology, Chemistry and Physics) will be required to change their major to a major more appropriate to their goals and academic performance, and to a major that is not conferred by the Department of Chemistry, Department of Integrative Biology or Department of Cell Biology, Microbiology, and Molecular Biology.
All continuing USF students who entered USF prior to Fall 2009 and who have not earned any D or F grades in USF science and math coursework for their major (i.e. Math, Biology, Chemistry and Physics) before Fall 2009, will also be redirected after earning three (3) D and/or F grades in subsequent terms. Upon earning the 3rd D and/or F grade, students will be required to choose another major more appropriate to their goals and academic performance, and to one that is not conferred by the Department of Chemistry, Department of Integrative Biology or Department of Cell Biology, Microbiology, and Molecular Biology.
All continuing USF students who entered USF prior to Fall 2009 and who have earned one (1) or more D or F grades in USF science and math coursework for the major (i.e. Math, Biology, Chemistry and Physics) prior to Fall 2009, will be allowed to count all previous D/F grades as one (1) D/F grade. After Fall 2009, students who earn two (2) additional D and/or F grades (resulting in three (3) total D/F grades) in subsequent terms will be required to choose another major more appropriate to their goals and academic performance, and to one that is not conferred by the Department of Chemistry, Department of Integrative Biology or Department of Cell Biology, Microbiology, and Molecular Biology.
Lab only courses are not counted towards the total number of D/F grades earned for the policy. Grade Forgiveness will NOT apply to the mandated requirement of changing majors.
If a student is in violation of the D/F policy, regardless of major, they will no longer be able to take any courses offered by the Department of Chemistry, Department of Integrative Biology or Department of Cell Biology, Microbiology, and Molecular Biology.
Major Grade Requirement
A grade of C or better is required for science and mathematics courses and each supporting course for the Major. All courses in any chemistry major must be taken with letter grade (A, B, C, D, F, I) except those courses which are graded S/U only.
Research OpportunitiesThe Department of Chemistry offers the opportunity for students to participate in undergraduate research with Chemistry faculty. Students can apply for the Academic Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Program and find more information here: http://chemistry.usf.edu/undergraduate/reu/. Students who wish to enroll in an undergraduate research course with a Chemistry faculty member 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 a 0 credit research course. These courses will not impact degree credits or GPA but will show on an official transcript and document the experience. The Academic Advisors in the Department of Chemistry, as well as the Office for Undergraduate Research, can assist students in understanding the various course options.
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