Pre-Health Sciences Program

About the Medical Technology Program

Medical technicians are an integral part of the health-care system because they are the people responsible for getting test results out of the lab and into the hands of doctors. They use a broad range of techniques and equipment to analyze everything from blood to tissue samples. Through practice and experience these skilled professionals learn how to interpret test results, and even understand some of the physiological conditions that affect the test results. Most medical technology programs are twelve months long. The majority of this time is spent in laboratories working with actual specimens. Requirements beyond core classes include: BIOL 205: Human Anatomy, BIOL 206: Human Physiology, BIOL 308: Immunology, BIOL 322: Advanced Genetics, CHEM 208: Analytical Chemistry, and CHEM 336: Biochemistry.

Courses are offered that will meet the requirements of the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences for admission to an American Medical Association approved school of medical technology. Drury University is affiliated with the Lester E. Cox Medical Center School of Medical Technology in Springfield and Mercy Medical Center, Joplin.

After completion of a minimum of 94 hours (including all requirements for graduation except senior residence) a student will be eligible for a bachelor’s degree from Drury University upon completion of the medical technology course. Drury accepts 30 hours of college credit for the medical technology course, 18 of which are considered upper-division (300-400 level).

Education requirements for admission to a school of medical technology approved by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences are as follows:

Three years (90 semester hours) of college training in any college or university approved by a recognized regional accrediting agency. Training should include biology with a minimum of 16 semester hours required. Microbiology and immunology must be included in the curriculum. Genetics, human physiology, anatomy, parasitology and pathogenic bacteriology are recommended. Chemistry with a minimum of 16 semester hours is required. One full year of general college chemistry that may include qualitative analysis and organic chemistry must be included. The remaining courses may be selected from other chemistry courses having as their prerequisite one full year of general chemistry. Instrumental analysis, quantitative analysis and biochemistry are strongly recommended. A minimum of one semester of college algebra is required. Statistics is strongly recommended. Two semesters of introductory physics are strongly recommended. A broad general education in English, social science, arts and humanities is desirable.

Program curriculum:

CORE 101: Drury Seminar
BIOL 172: Molecular Biology
BIOL 181: Mechanisms of Inheritance
CHEM 208/L: Analytical Chemistry
CHEM 238/238L: Inorganic Chemistry
MATH 231: Calculus I
MATH 227: Statistics
PHYS 211: General Physics I
PHYS 212: General Physics II
CHEM 315/315L: Organic Chemistry I
CHEM 415/415L: Advanced Organic Chemistry
BIOL 322: Genetics
CHEM 336: Biochemistry
BIOL 205: Human Anatomy
BIOL 206: Human Physiology