Undergraduate Catalog 2017-18
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 an A.A. degree at a Florida College System institution. Some courses required for the major may also meet General Education requirements thereby transferring maximum hours to the university.
If a student wishes to transfer without an A.A. degree and has fewer than 60 semester hours of acceptable credit, the student must meet the university’s entering freshman requirements including ACT or SAT test scores, GPA, and course requirements.
Transfer students are also required to comply with the immunization, foreign language, and continuous enrollment policies of the university.
Students should complete the following prerequisite courses at the lower level prior to entering the university. If these courses are not taken at a Florida College System institution, they must be completed before the degree is granted.
Unless stated otherwise, a grade of C is the minimum acceptable grade in prerequisite courses.
- General Biology I with Laboratory - USF's course recommendation: BSC 2010/BSC 2010L
- Human Anatomy and Physiology I with Laboratory - USF's course recommendation: BSC 2093C or BSC 2085/BSC 2085L
- Human Anatomy and Physiology II with Laboratory - USF's course recommendation: BSC 2094C or BSC 2086/BSC 2086L.
- General Microbiology with Laboratory - USF's course recommendation: MCB 3020/MCB 3020L.
- General Chemistry I with Laboratory - USF's course recommendation: CHM 2045/CHM 2045L.
- General Chemistry II with Laboratory - USF's course recommendation: CHM 2046/CHM 2046L.
- Organic Chemistry I with Laboratory - USF's course recommendation: CHM 2210/CHM 2210L.
- Organic Chemistry II with Laboratory - USF's course recommendation: CHM 2211/CHM 2211L.
- Statistics - USF's course recommendation: STA 2023.
Total Major Hours: 89 Hours
Major Core Courses - 89 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
- 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 (preferred) or HSC 4504 Public Health Immunology
- MCB 4115 Determinative Bacteriology
- 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.
- State Communication Requirement (formerly known as Gordon Rule Writing) and State Computation Requirement (formerly known as Gordon Rule Math).
- All sciences and mathematics requirements listed below, including common prerequisites and those specific to USF, with a "C" or higher in each course.
General 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
- Cell and Molecular Biology
- Chemistry B.A. - including Biochemistry/Biotechnology and Health Professions concentrations
- Chemistry B.S.
- Environmental Biology
- Environmental Microbiology
- Integrative Animal Biology
- Interdisciplinary Natural Sciences
- Marine Biology
- Medical Technology
- Microbiology, and
- Pre-Medical Sciences (PMS) students who have not yet declared a major
*Non-Science majors are also subject to the D/F policy
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.
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