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Admission Requirements

School of Medical Technology

Prerequisite for admission is a baccalaureate degree (4 + 1) or completion of all college/university degree requirements (3 + 1) at an affiliated institution.  Undergraduates from nonaffiliated colleges or universities must have a statement from the degree-granting institution certifying that it will award a degree at the completion of the training according to the Standards of the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS), 8410 Bryn Mawr Ave., Suite 670, Chicago, Illinois  60631-3415, 773-714-8880.

Prerequisite college/university credits include:

  • 16 semester (24 quarter) hours of chemistry, including organic chemistry and/or biochemistry.
  • 16 semester (24 quarter) hours of biology, including microbiology, immunology, genetics or molecular biology and anatomy and physiology.
  • One course in college-level statistics.
  • Other courses that are recommended include parasitology (highly recommended), hematology, quantitative chemistry and computer technology.  No survey courses are acceptable as part of the required courses.  

Seven-year limitations on prerequisites:

Individuals whose coursework exceeds seven or more years before application to the program must update their academic preparation in a manner acceptable to NAACLS and our Advisory Committee.  This update may be done for our program in the following way:

  • Microbiology
  • Biochemistry
  • Immunology
  • Additional relevant science course such as Parasitology or Hematology
  • Statistics (may be 100/200 level)

Relevant work history may replace retaken coursework.  This will be reviewed on a case by case basis.Relevant work history may replace retaken coursework.  This will be reviewed on a case by case basis. 

For information about admissions, refer to the following forms:

Instructions to Applicant
Application Form
Student Reference Form
Evaluation of Applicant's Transcript for Admission (College Advisor Form)

Or, you can send a request for application to:

Program Director
School of Medical Technology/Laboratory
Southwest General
18697 Bagley Road
Middleburg Heights, OH  44130
or call 440-816-8859

Information required with the completed application will include all transcripts, recommendations from professors and an advisor evaluation by the college/university.  A TOEFL exam is required for English competency with foreign transcripts.  Names of foreign evaluation agencies are available upon request.  Interviews are conducted, after evaluation of prerequisite information, for qualified applicants.  Application deadline is Dec. 1 of the year preceding the start of the program in July.  For information about tuition, contact the program direction at the location or number above.