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Pre-Medical Laboratory Science Program

Medical technologist perform many routine and specialized tests in the clinical laboratory to develop data for use in determining the presence and extent of disease, as well as implications as to the cause of disease. Medical technologist work in areas of hematology, serology, and immunology, chemistry, blood banking, microbiology and parasitology, urinalysis, histology, and cytology.

To become a certified medical technologist candidates must have:

  1. Graduated from an accredited college or university with a bachelor’s degree in medical technology, or graduated with a bachelor’s degree with a major in one of the biological or chemical sciences and completed at least one year of approved laboratory experience.
  2. Completed at least 90 semester hours or 135 quarter hours in an accredited college. This can include junior college credit and must include 40 semester hours or 60 quarter hours in those disciplines that comprise medical technology. In addition, applicant must complete at least one year of approved laboratory experience. This route is valid only if the program awarded a baccalaureate degree or if the individual has otherwise earned a B.S. degree.

A criterion for admission to many professional schools of medical technology is a Bachelor of Science degree. The Bachelor of Science degree in Health Science Studies or Biology (Microbiology, Molecular and Cell Biology Emphasis) usually satisfies this requirement. Other medical technology programs have specific prerequisite requirements, but do not require a bachelor’s degree prior to admission.

The only Medical Technology program within Idaho is located at Idaho State University. ISU strongly recommends that applicants earn a bachelor’s degree in a related science area (Biology/Microbiology/Health Science Studies) prior to entry into their program.

Although prerequisite requirements vary for each Medical Technology program, common prerequisite course work may include: College Chemistry (note prerequisite math requirements), Organic Chemistry, General Biology, Microbiology, and General Physics. Other related electives courses may include: Cell Biology, Immunology, Pathogenic Bacteriology, Biochemistry, Human Physiology, Parasitology, Histology, Genetics, Quantitative Analysis and statistics. Students are encouraged to work closely with their academic advisor for appropriate course selection.

AdvisorEmailPosition and DepartmentPhoneOffice
Glenda Hillghill@boisestate.eduDirector,
Pre-Professional Studies
208-426-3832HSR 124
Erin Colburnerincolburn@boisestate.eduAcademic Advisor208-426-2454HSR 123
Howard Wileyhowardwiley@boisestate.eduAcademic Advisor208-426-3732HSR 122

Pre-Medical Laboratory Science/Medical Technologist Course Work

Course NumberCourse TitleCredits
ENGL 101 and 102English Composition6
Arts and Humanities (See an advisor to help select appropriate courses)6
COMM 101
Fundamentals of Speech Communication
Social Sciences (See an advisor to help select appropriate courses)
3
3
BIOL 191-192
BIOL 205 OR
BIOL 303
BIOL 227-228 OR
ZOOL 301 AND
ZOOL 401
BIOL 301
BIOL 343/344
BIOL 420
General Biology I-II
Introductory Microbiology OR
General Microbiology
Human Anatomy and Physiology OR
Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy AND
Human Physiology
Cell Biology
Genetics with or without lab
Immunology
8
4-5

8


3
3-4
3
*CHEM 111, 111L-112, 112L
*CHEM 307, 308, 309, 310
CHEM 301, 302
*CHEM 431/432 or CHEM 350
*General Chemistry I and II with Labs
*Organic Chemistry and Labs OR
Organic Chemistry and Lab
*Biochemistry I with or without Lab or Fundamentals of Biochemistry
8
5-10

3-4
HLTHST 300Pathophysiology4
MATH 143 OR
MATH 147
MATH 160 OR
MATH 170 OR
MATH 254
College Algebra OR
Precalculus
Survey of Calculus OR
Calculus I OR
Applied Statistics with Computers
3-5

4
Elective (consult with your advisor)0-6
TOTAL74-90
*Chemistry credits must total 16