Frequently Asked Questions about Medical Technology

How may I learn more about the Medical Technology program at IUP?

Individual appointments with the Allied Health coordinator may be made to discuss IUP’s Medical Technology major. For more information or to schedule an appointment, contact the Department of Nursing and Allied Health Professions at 724-357-7647. In addition, you will find details about curriculum requirements, affiliating Schools of Clinical Laboratory Science, and more on the Current and Prospective Students page.

When I am a Medical Technology major at IUP, how will I know what courses to take and when to apply for admission to one of the affiliating Schools of Clinical Laboratory Science?

Every semester, each Medical Technology student meets individually with the Allied Health coordinator. During these meetings, the coordinator and student discuss courses in which the student is currently enrolled, plans for subsequent semesters, and the application process.

What if I need help to succeed in some courses?

IUP has outstanding academic support services, such as workshops, one-credit courses, and peer tutors. The Writing Center is another service that helps students succeed and excel. IUP faculty members also offer assistance during office hours, and many faculty members conduct review sessions outside of class time to help students prepare for exams.

How much will it cost to earn a degree?

While enrolled at IUP in the pre-clinical phase, students pay tuition and fees to IUP. For current costs, go to the Office of the Bursar. While attending an affiliating School of Medical Technology, the student pays a nominal registration/administrative fee to IUP and pays tuition directly to the school the student is attending. Tuition varies by school, but ranges from approximately $1,000 to $13,500 for the twelve-month program. Students may still be eligible for financial aid through IUP while enrolled in the clinical phase of the program.

May I take courses during the summer at IUP or at another college or university?

Many students decide to take courses during one or more summer sessions. This often permits students to register for a lighter course load during the Fall and/or Spring semester, or helps them to stay on track with plans to progress to the clinical phase of the program. IUP also offers online courses during the three-week Winter session between the Fall and Spring semesters. While some students elect to complete summer courses at IUP, other students take classes at a college or university closer to their homes. The Allied Health coordinator assists students who plan to take courses elsewhere. A helpful website to investigate equivalent courses is the Online Transfer Credit Equivalency System.

When will I be ready to start the clinical component of the program, and when would I graduate?

All courses in the pre-clinical phase of the program must be completed before progressing to the clinical year. Each affiliating School of Medical Technology establishes its own calendar, with most schools beginning classes in July or August. Since the clinical phase is actually twelve months, medical technology students graduate in August once the clinical phase is completed.

Since IUP does not guarantee admission to an affiliating School of Medical Technology, what will I do if I am not admitted to one?

Admission to a School of Medical Technology is competitive. The best approach to being admitted is to be successful in your studies while at IUP. The higher your grade point average, the more likely you will be admitted to the school of your choice. If a student is not admitted, it is most likely because of low grades, especially in key science courses. In this case, a student may decide to repeat courses to earn higher grades and then reapply for admission.

May I enroll in the program on a part-time basis?

Students may enroll in the pre-clinical courses on a full-time or part-time basis. Once the student begins the clinical phase of the program, full-time study is required.

Where do I live while enrolled in the clinical phase of the program?

Most students look for an apartment close to the site where they complete their clinical experience. Some students select an affiliating site close to family or friends and stay with them during the clinical year.

Do I need my own car?

If you live on or near campus during the pre-clinical phase of the program, it is not necessary to have your own car. Depending upon the location of the affiliating School of Medical Technology to which you are admitted and the housing you select, it may be necessary to have your own transportation.

Do many students have part-time jobs while in college?

The majority of students at IUP find part-time jobs while taking classes, and many students use the summer months to earn money to help them pay for college expenses. While in the clinical phase of the program, many hospitals hire medical technology students to work part time in the hospital labs while completing clinical coursework.

Do I earn a degree from IUP even though the clinical phase is somewhere else?

When you have completed all degree requirements, you will earn a Bachelor of Science degree in Medical Technology from IUP and a certificate of completion from the School of Medical Technology which you attended. Most students also earn minors in Biology and Chemistry.

What do students like most about IUP's Medical Technology program?

While at IUP during the pre-clinical phase, students enjoy campus life, the diverse activities available to them, and the opportunity to meet new friends. Students often speak highly of their interactions with the faculty and the valuable learning support services. During the clinical phase of the program, students are impressed with the sophisticated technology found in the hospital labs and are amazed at how much there is to learn. Most of all, they find it rewarding to work with physicians and others in the lab analyzing specimens and making valuable contributions to the health care of patients.

Where do graduates find jobs?

Job placement for Medical Technology students is typically 100 percent. Graduates find many kinds of jobs, most often in hospital settings. The 2010 graduates from IUP accepted positions at UPMC Altoona Regional Health System and Precision Therapeutic in Pittsburgh. Other graduates began their careers with the American Red Cross, and another accepted a job offer from a regional medical center as a generalist in all areas of the lab. A 2007 graduate was chosen for a one-year internship with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

I already have a bachelor's degree. How many more courses will I have to complete to earn a Bachelor of Science degree in Clinical Laboratory Science?

Students who have already earned a first bachelor's degree from a college or university are admitted to the Medical Technology program with advanced placement. Often, especially if the first degree was science-related such as biology, chemistry, or biochemistry, students must complete only a few remaining science courses before progressing to the clinical phase of the program at one of the affiliating Schools of Medical Technology.