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Medical Technology Program

 The Medical Technology Program includes an academic preparation of three years at Clarion and a 12-month course of clinical study in a hospital-based school of medical technology accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences, (NAACLS). Upon successful completion of two years of prescribed courses at Clarion, the student is eligible to apply for admission to the hospital school. Although application is made through the office of the coordinator of medical technology at Clarion, acceptance is at the discretion of the staff of the clinical school. Clinical school spaces are limited, and admission to the Medical Technology Program at Clarion does not guarantee admission to the clinical school year. Clarion University maintains affiliations with six clinical schools, students may apply to accredited, non-affiliated schools, also.

After graduation from Clarion University, the student is eligible to take any of several certification examinations. Successful completion of the exam permits practice of the profession in most of the United States. After completion of the clinical year and the awarding of the Bachelor of Science in Medical Technology degree by Clarion University, students sit for standardized examinations sponsored by accrediting agencies for medical technology.  These are: the American Society of Clinical Pathologists (ASCP) and American Medical Technologists (AMT).  Upon successful completion of the exams, students become registered medical technologists. Some states also have their own registry examinations.   First-try pass rates for the registry exams are over 90 percent for our students from out clinical affiliates.  Students who do not pass the first time may take the exam again after a short waiting period.

The following courses are required during the three years at Clarion: BIOL 155, 156, 165, 166, 201, 203, 341, 444; CHEM 153, 163, 154, 164; eight additional hours of chemistry chosen from CHEM 251, 252, 254, 261, 262, 264, 351, 353, 358, 361, 363, 368, 453, 463; either BIOL 203 or CHEM 453; and MATH 171, and 221 or 222. Substitutions for the above courses must be approved in writing by the coordinator of medical technology. Students in the program must maintain the following grade-point averages:  first semester freshmen, 2.0 overall; second semester freshmen and first semester sophomores, 2.5 overall; thereafter 2.5 overall with a 2.5 in the natural sciences. Exceptions to these requirements must be approved by the coordinator of medical technology. Specific information about courses, standards, and requirements established by the affiliate hospital schools are provided to enrolled students by the coordinator of medical technology. Students wishing to transfer into the program must be approved by the coordinator of medical technology and must plan to spend two years on the Clarion Campus. 

Hospital affiliates are:    

 Altoona Regional Medical Center 

Altoona, PA  


 Conemaugh Valley Memorial Hospital

 Johnstown, PA  


 Pennsylvania College of Health Sciences

 Lancaster, PA

717- 544-7208

 New York Methodist Hospital

 Brooklyn, NY

718-645-3500 ext 192

 Robert Packer Hospital 

 Sayre, PA


 Rochester General Hospital  

 Rochester, NY  


 Saint Vincent Health Center  

 Erie, PA   


 Susquehanna Health

 Williamsport, PA


 Woman's Christian Association Hospital   

 Jamestown, NY