Admissions


Application Deadline: First priority will be given to students who submit their application by May 1st of the year in which admission is sought. Applications submitted after May 1st will be considered on a space available basis. Application to the professional phase is made directly to the program.

Admission Requirements:  The student usually will have completed approximately 60 semester hours before transferring to SHP for five semesters of professional coursework. Acceptance will be based on the student’s academic ability and aptitude for a career in laboratory sciences. The candidate is expected to satisfy the following requirements.minimum cumulative GPA ≥ 2.3 (on a 4.0 scale);
  • minimum cumulative GPA ≥ 2.3 in natural sciences and mathematics prerequisites in Areas III and V (see below), calculated on all hours attempted; and
  • if accepted, complete the UAB medical history questionnaire and physical, provide proof of required immunizations, and receive satisfactory screening by the UAB Medical Center Student Health Services.
Application Procedure: The following materials must be submitted

To the UAB Undergraduate Admissions Office:
  1. UAB online Application for Undergraduate Admission, indicating medical technology as the major, and application fee. The online application can be found at UAB Application for Undergraduate Admission. If enrolled at UAB in another major, complete a Change of School/Major Request indicating medical technology as the major (the form is available from the Office of Registration and Academic Records, or online under registration/academic records).
  2. Official transcripts from each college or university attended.
To the Department of Clinical and Diagnostic Sciences Admissions Office (School of Health Professions Building, SHPB 430 (Lobby))

Application to the professional phase of the Medical Technology Program:
You may fill out the form at the following link and either...
... click the "Email" button located at the end of the form.
... click the "Print" button located at the end of the form, and mail the form to the provided address.
... right click on the link and select "Save Target as." Once completed you can attach it to an email for submittal.

Medical Technology Program Application

Student Handbook 2013 - 2014
Essential Functions: In order to successfully complete the degree requirements for the Bachelor of Science in Medical Technology, students must complete the academic and clinical practice requirements. Students must also meet the essential requirements in addition to the academic requirements. “Essential requirements are those physical abilities, mental abilities, skills, attitudes, and behaviors the students must evidence or perform at each stage of their education.”1 The absence of an essential requirement would fundamentally alter the program goals. The essential requirements include categories of observation, movement, communication, intellect, and behavior.

Observation
The student must be able to:
  1. Observe laboratory demonstrations in which biological (i.e., body fluids, culture samples, tissue sections, and cellular samples) specimens are tested for their biochemical, hematological, immunological, microbiological, and histochemical components.
  2. Characterize the color, odor, clarity, and viscosity of biologicals, reagents, or chemical reaction products.
  3. Employ a clinical grade binocular microscope to discriminate among fine structural and color (hue, shading, and intensity) differences of microscopic specimens.
  4. Read and comprehend text, numbers, illustrations, and graphs displayed in print, on a projection screen, and on a video monitor.
Movement
The student must be able to:
  1. Move freely and safely about a laboratory.
  2. Reach laboratory bench tops and shelves, patients lying in hospital beds or patients seated in specimen collection furniture.
  3. Travel to numerous clinical laboratory sites for practical experience.
  4. Perform moderately taxing continuous physical work, often requiring prolonged sitting, in confined spaces, over several hours.
  5. Maneuver phlebotomy and culture acquisition equipment to safely collect valid laboratory specimens from patients.
  6. Control laboratory equipment (i.e. pipettes, inoculating loops, test tubes) and adjust instruments to perform laboratory procedures.
  7. Use an electronic keyboard (i.e. 101-key IBM computer keyboard) to operate laboratory instruments and to calculate, record, evaluate, and transmit laboratory information.
Communication
The student must be able to:
  1. Read and comprehend technical and professional materials (i.e. textbooks, magazine and journal articles, handbooks, and instruction manuals).
  2. Follow verbal and written instructions in order to correctly perform laboratory test procedures.