John Strous, Director
Mallory Janquart, Assistant Director
Department Office: Halsey Science Center 127
Department Telephone: (920) 424-1487
Code 68 or MED TECH
Undergraduate: A major in Medical Technology can lead to the degree(s): Bachelor of Science.
Graduate: The Department does not offer a graduate program. However, students who complete a major in our Department may wish to consider advanced study at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh in these programs: Microbiology, Education, Business. For specifics, please see the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh Graduate Bulletin.
Summary of Fields of Study
Graduates of the Medical Technology Program will demonstrate a broad foundation in basic chemistry, biology and microbiology. Medical Technology graduates will also demonstrate the theoretical knowledge and technical skills necessary to effectively function in the following major disciplines of Medical Technology: Clinical Chemistry, Hematology, Immunohematology (Blood Banking), Immunology and Microbiology.
Our Medical Technology graduates will be able to anticipate and correlate expected results within the disciplines of Medical Technology to provide identification and confirmation of disease processes. They will critically evaluate new analytical procedures and new instrumentation in order to keep pace with developing technologies.
Finally, UW Oshkosh Medical Technology graduates will be conscientious professionals in the clinical laboratory setting who can communicate with their peers, doctors and patients.
- The Department offers a single major, the Medical Technology major.
There is no formal admission process for this major. However, Medical Technology majors are required to work closely, on an ongoing basis, with the Medical Technology Office. Careful course sequencing and academic advisement are critical to students' successful completion of this major.
Students attending other universities and considering a transfer to UW Oshkosh to major in Medical Technology should contact the Program Director for advice on course selection and the timing of their transfer. The application process for the senior clinical year begins near the end of the sophomore year and is completed early in/or prior to the beginning of the junior year. Because the clinical internship placement process is annual, missing just one required course can result in a yearlong delay in the completion of the major. Students, transfers or those changing majors, should contact the Program Director as soon as they begin to seriously consider the Medical Technology major. This will help to make the transition as seamless as possible.
In order to graduate with a Medical Technology major, students must be selected for a clinical practicum by one of our affiliated hospital schools of Medical Technology/Clinical Laboratory Science. Selection into the clinical program is a competitive process based upon grade point average at the end of the sophomore year, letters of recommendation and personal interviews. A grade point average in excess of 3.2 is recommended for a student to be competitive in the placement process for the clinical practicum. Students with a grade point average of less than 2.75 will be considered on an individual basis. Majors must make application for the clinical year through the Medical Technology Program. Note: Majors are required to undergo a criminal background check, mandated by state statute, as part of the selection process for their clinical practicum.
Required Core Courses
This major consists of a single program of study.
The Major(s), with Emphases and/or Options
Medical Technology Major
Required Units (crs.): 84 minimum
Medical Technology: Medical Technology 100, 403, 404, 411, 412, 413, 414, 416, 421, 422, 423, 431, 432.
Chemistry: Chemistry 105, 106, 234, 235, 303, 304, 320, 334, 335.
Biology: Biology 105 or 108; Biology 212 or 319; Biology 309 or 233; Biology 312, 313, 323, 341, 344.
Mathematics: Students must fulfill the Mathematics requirements for the Bachelor of Science Degree for the College of Letters and Science.
Other Required Courses:
Medical Technology: Medical Technology 402, 420.
Students interning at Zablocki VA Medical Center, Milwaukee, would not take these courses. This material would be included in Medical Technology 413 and 421.
Students interning at other hospital affiliates would take these courses on the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh campus, at the end of their Junior year, as part of the clinical internship.
Electives: For students who wish to take additional courses beyond the Minimum Requirement, these studies are recommended: Biology: Biology 250, 315, 343, 350, 354, 374, 450.
The Medical Technology major is designed primarily to prepare students for a career in hospital laboratories. During the first three years of study, program requirements relate mainly to the Chemistry and Biology Departments. The fourth year of clinical study is taken at one of our affiliated hospitals.
We are currently affiliated with the following hospitals:
Affinity Health System
St. Elizabeth Hospital - Appleton, WI
Mercy Medical Center - Oshkosh, WI
Aspirus Wausau Hospital - Wausau, WI
Marshfield Laboratories/St. Joseph's Hospital/Marshfield Clinic - Marshfield, WI
Clement J. Zablocki VA Medical Center - Milwaukee, WI
Sacred Heart Hospital - Eau Claire, WI
Medical Technology 100 1 (crs.)
Introduction to Medical Technology
An orientation course required of all Freshman and transfer students intending to major in Medical Technology. Topics include: Historical development of the profession, organization and function of a modern clinical laboratory, correlation of chemical and biological tests with disease states, student perspective of the clinical internship, government regulations, and professional and educational opportunities for the Medical Technologist. Students will also be required to visit a hospital laboratory to observe the daily routine of a Medical Technologist. Prerequisites: Majors or consent of Program Director. Pass/Fail (1+0)
Medical Technology 351 1-2 (crs.)
Selected Topics in Medical Technology
Includes an introduction to quality control, laboratory management and educational techniques as related to Medical Technology. Prerequisite: Clinical Internship Status. Pass/Fail
Medical Technology 402 1 (crs.)
An introduction to the theoretical and practical aspects of blood transfusion practices. Prerequisite: Clinical Internship Status. (.5+1)
Medical Technology 403 3 (crs.)
Clinical Microbiology I
A study of general principles and techniques used in clinical microbiology and an introduction to the study of common pathogenic bacteria. Prerequisite: Clinical Internship Status. (1+4)
Medical Technology 404 3 (crs.)
Clinical Microbiology II
A detailed study of pathogenic bacteria and of methods for their identification. Prerequisite: Clinical Internship Status. (1+4)
Medical Technology 411 4 (crs.)
Clinical Hematology I
An introductory study of the hematopoietic system including diseases of the red blood cells; types, determination, and diseases of the hemoglobins. Prerequisite: Clinical Internship Status. (2+4)
Medical Technology 412 3 (crs.)
Clinical Hematology II
Study of the types of stains for blood cells, and special laboratory tests in clinical hematology; an investigation of stained blood smears and bone marrow smears. Prerequisite: Clinical Internship Status. (1+4)
Medical Technology 413 1-2 (crs.)
Clinical Blood Bank I
An introduction to immunological principles as applied to blood cells; theory and practice of blood collection, grouping, typing and cross matching; detection, identification, and titration of selected antibodies. Prerequisite: Clinical Internship Status. (1+2)
Medical Technology 414 2 (crs.)
Clinical Blood Bank II
Study of blood and blood components; blood processing and blood bank records; infusion reactions; disease and blood banking. Prerequisite: Clinical Internship Status. (1+2)
Medical Technology 416 3 (crs.)
A study of the basic principles of immunology and serology as applied to the identification of common hospital pathogens. Prerequisite: Clinical Internship Status. (1+4)
Medical Technology 420 1 (crs.)
Introduction to Urinalysis
An introduction to the chemical, physical and microscopic aspects of urinalysis and their relationship to renal function. Prerequisite: Clinical Internship Status. (.5+ 1)
Medical Technology 421 1-2 (crs.)
Includes the theory of renal function, and the theoretical and practical aspects of chemical and microscopic urinalysis. Prerequisite: Clinical Internship Status. (1+2)
Medical Technology 422 1 (crs.)
A study of the common pathogenic parasites and of methods for their identification and treatment. Prerequisite: Clinical Internship Status. (0+2)
Medical Technology 423 1 (crs.)
A study of common infectious fungi and of methods for their identification and treatment. Prerequisite: Clinical Internship Status. (0+2)
Medical Technology 431 5 (crs.)
Clinical Chemistry I
Covers the fundamental concepts in clinical biochemistry including a correlation of body chemical levels with normal and diseased states, and the study of a variety of analytical techniques for diagnosing diseases. Prerequisite: Clinical Internship Status. (3+4)
Medical Technology 432 5 (crs.)
Clinical Chemistry II
Includes a study of the chemistry of body fluids and the related analytical techniques for measuring chemical substances which aid in the diagnosis of diseases. Prerequisite: Clinical Internship Status. (3+4)
Medical Technology 446 1-3 (crs.)
See Independent Study under Course and Academic Advisement Policies information for general course description, general prerequisites and proper contract form requirements.
Medical Technology 456 1-3 (crs.)
See Related Readings under Course and Academic Advisement Policies information for general course description, general prerequisites and proper contract form requirements.
Medical Technology 474 1-6 (crs.)
Honors thesis projects include any advanced independent endeavor in the student's major field of study e.g., a written thesis, scientific experiment or research project, or creative arts exhibit or production. Proposals (attached to Independent Study Contract) must show clear promise of honors level work and be approved by a faculty sponsor. Course title for transcript will be 'Honors Thesis'. Completed projects will be announced and presented to interested students and faculty. Prerequisite: University Honors status and junior standing. Maximum of six units (crs.).