Undergraduate Degree & Course Catalog

Medical Technology - About The Program

About Our Degrees

Medical technology, also known as clinical laboratory science, deals with the diagnosis and treatment of disease as well as the monitoring and prevention of diseases. 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. Generally, medical technologists perform complex medically-related laboratory tests using sophisticated biomedical instrumentation and technology, computers, and methods requiring manual dexterity to perform laboratory testing on blood, tissues and body fluids.

Degree Requirements

Please see Degrees and Policies.

About Our Courses

The curriculum for the program in Medical Technology is very structured. 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, education, and management. The last semester of the senior year is spent in guaranteed rotations in area hospital laboratories with which the program has affiliation agreements.

The typical size of lecture classes for required program courses is 25-60 students, with a smaller number in each associated laboratory section. Hospital rotations usually have an instructor/student ratio of 1/1.

In the medical technology program, what do teaching assistants (TAs) do?
TAs in required program courses assist professors in laboratory teaching and preparation. Some may present several lectures in their specialty. All teaching assistants are required to have weekly office hours for student assistance.

Suggested introductory courses:

For course descriptions, please see Courses.

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. Faculty research interests include measurement of oxidative stress, methods evaluation protocols, environmental pollutants and disease outcomes in humans, carbohydrate immunology, cellular and molecular biology of erythropoiesis, and organ and tissue donation. The faculty also excels at teaching and has received several student, university, and state-wide teaching awards. The undergraduate advisor schedules individual advising meetings on the South Campus by appointment only.

Please visit our department website for additional information about our faculty.

Practical Experience and Special Academic Opportunities

Undergraduate Research and Practical Experience

Hospital clinical rotations completed during the final semester of the senior year are a guaranteed part of the program. Placement is made by the clinical education coordinator. Below is a listing of hospital and clinical affiliates.

Bertrand Chaffee Hospital (Springville, New York)
Brooks Memorial Hospital (Dunkirk, New York)
Buffalo Medical Group (Buffalo, New York)
Catholic Health System (Sisters of Charity Hospital, Kenmore Mercy Hospital, and Mercy Hospital of Buffalo; Buffalo, New York)
FF Thompson Health (Canandaigua, New York)
Jones Memorial Hospital (Wellsville, New York)
Kaleida Health System (Buffalo General Hospital, Center for Laboratory Medicine, Women's and Children's Hospital of Buffalo)
Noyes Memorial Hospital (Dansville, New York)
Roswell Park Cancer Institute (Buffalo, New York)
Strong Memorial Hospital (Rochester, New York)
United Memorial Medical Center (Batavia, New York)
Veterans Affairs Western New York Healthcare System (Buffalo, New York)
Wyoming County Community Hospital (Warsaw, New York)

Honors, Awards, and Scholarships

Scholarships are available from the national and state chapters of the American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science (ASCLS). The American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP), in a partnership with Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics, offers scholarships to MT students in their senior year of study; students must be members of the ASCP. The Sara Marie Cicarelli Memorial Scholarship, offered by the Department of BCLS, is available to a full-time student entering the senior year of the program. The Mary Cecina Riforgiato Memorial Scholarship, offered by the Department of BCLS, is awarded to a senior upon completion of the MT program. The Karney Scholarship Award, offered by the Department of BCLS, is awarded to a full-time student entering the senior year of the MT program for excellence in microbiology.

Extracurricular Activities

Every fall semester the department hosts an introductory welcome for all faculty, staff, graduate and undergraduate students.

An awards banquet is held in the spring semester to recognize graduating seniors.

See the UB Student Association.

Complementary Programs and Courses

Links to Further Information About this Program

Last updated: November 22 2021 21:01:55