2017-18
Undergraduate Degree & Course Catalog

Medical Technology BS

Department of Biotechnical and Clinical Laboratory Sciences

26 Cary Hall
South Campus
Buffalo, NY 14214-3005
Paul J. Kostyniak
Chair
Leah Doherty
Undergraduate Program Advisor
Richard W. Browne
Program Director

Why study Medical Technology BS at UB?

Medical technology, also known as clinical laboratory science, provides the training necessary to perform laboratory based tests used by physicians to diagnose, treat and prevent disease. It is a field of applied biology and chemistry and is appropriate for students interested in the delivery of health-care services. The course of study is interdisciplinary, drawing heavily upon the resources of both the natural sciences and the health sciences faculties. Once admitted into the program, students spend three academic semesters at the university taking program courses covering the areas of biochemistry, immunology, instrumentation, clinical chemistry, microbiology, blood banking, hematology, coagulation, parasitology, mycology, urinalysis, biomolecular techniques, medical genetics, and management. The last semester of the senior year is spent rotating through hospital laboratories affiliated hospitals with the program.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of all degree requirements, the student will have knowledge to:

  • Perform, evaluate, and assure the accuracy and validity of lab test results
  • Describe the principles, methodologies, and lab performance of Clinical Chemistry and Microbiology, Immunology, Hematology/Hemostasis, Immunohematology/Transfusions, Urine and Body Fluid Analysis, Molecular Diagnostics and Lab Operations
  • Demonstrate effective communication skills to serve patients
  • Direct and supervise clinical laboratory resources and operations
  • Describe the principles and practices of clinical study design and dissemination of results

Program Outcomes:
UB BS Medical Technology graduates have achieved:

  • Greater than 90% first time pass rate on national certification examinations, exceeding the national average
  • Greater than 93% placement rates for employment in the lab and related fields
  • Greater than 90% graduation rate (less than 10% attrition rate) for students in the final two years of the UB MT program

The Learning Environment

The BCLS Program of Medical Technology is located on the UB South Campus. Instruction is conducted through a combination of classroom-based lectures and hands-on laboratories. Lectures usually have between 25-75 students. In contrast, our laboratory sections generally enroll 12-24 students per section, maximizing faculty training of students. The capstone experience in Medical Technology is the semester of clinical rotations in hospital laboratories.

About Our Facilities

The BLCS Medical Technology Program utilizes lecture rooms and laboratories on the UB South Campus. Laboratories are equipped with biomedical research, diagnostic and analytical equipment, allowing students to experience hands-on learning. Laboratories are geographically located in the Cary-Farber-Sherman Complex and the Biomedical Education Building. Medical Technology clinical rotations are conducted off-campus, in hospital laboratories affiliated hospitals with the program.

About Our Faculty

The UB program in Medical Technology is ranked among the top 15 medical technology programs in the nation in terms of faculty research productivity. BCLS faculty excels at hands-on teaching in the lectures and the labs. There are 13 faculty members and 5 graduate student teaching assistants. Faculty members have received student, university and state-wide teaching awards, as well as the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching. Faculty research interests include measurement of oxidative stress, methods evaluation protocols, environmental pollutants and disease outcomes in humans, vaccine research, cellular and molecular biology of erythropoiesis, breast cancer research, and organ and tissue donation.

Faculty List Directory

Please visit our Medicine and Biomedical Sciences department website for additional information about our faculty.

Career Outlook

Medical Technology employment opportunities are extremely strong in both the public and private sectors. The 2015 report from the US Bureau of Labor and Statistics indicates that more than 50,000 jobs are available and a 16% job growth rate (much faster than average) will be consistent through 2024. The median salary is $50,500 nationwide and $66,000 in New York State.

Career choices are extremely varied:

  • Graduate school: Scientific specialty, forensics, computer science, business
  • Hospital or private laboratories
  • Instrument manufacturers
  • Laboratory management
  • Management or regulatory affairs
  • Professional school: Medical, dental, chiropractic, optometry, veterinary, physician's assistant
  • Research or industrial laboratory careers
  • Sales or technical representation
  • Scientific writing or editing

Academic Advising

Intended students in their first two years will work with the Biomedical Undergraduate Office to create an academic plan, discuss course selection and workload management. Advisor assignments are determined by students’ academic year. Intended and accepted/ approved majors are advised by the BCLS Undergraduate Academic Advisor. BCLS faculty members also advise students about clinical rotations, research, internships, graduate school, and professional school. 

The purpose of advisement is to provide students with guidance in course sequencing and selection. In-person advisement allows a student to develop an appropriate academic plan to facilitate a timely graduation. Students are required to meet with their advisor in the first year of study, and are encouraged to meet with their advisor at least once a semester. Advisors connect students to campus resources that can aid in their academic success and meeting their post graduate or professional goals.

Academic Advising Contact Information

Biomedical Undergraduate Office
Shannon M. Brown
Undergraduate Academic Advisor
SMBrown3@buffalo.edu

BCLS Undergraduate Academic Advisor
Leah Doherty
Undergraduate Academic Advisor
DohertyL@buffalo.edu

Scholarships and Financial Support

Medical Technology Program awards are presented annually, or as needed, to juniors or graduating seniors. Receiving an award is an honor that can have a far-reaching impact on employment, graduate and professional studies. These Awards have different criteria, including academics, leadership, and financial hardship. Any consideration of a scholarship will also include an evaluation of the professional behavior of the student.

  • Scholarships are available from the national and state chapters of the American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science (ASCLS) 
  • Scholarships are available from the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP), in partnership with Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics for students in their senior year of study; students must be members of the ASCP

Scholarships offered by the department of BCLS include:

  • The Sara Marie Cicarelli Memorial Scholarship
  • The Mary Cecina Riforgiato Memorial Scholarship
  • The Geraldine Karney Scholarship
  • The Kellogg Scholarship
  • Department of Biotechnical and Clinical Laboratory Sciences

    26 Cary Hall
    South Campus
    Buffalo, NY 14214-3005
    Paul J. Kostyniak
    Chair
    Leah Doherty
    Undergraduate Program Advisor
    Richard W. Browne
    Program Director
    Published: September 20, 2017 02:36:53 PM