Medical technologists play a vital role in diagnosing and preventing diseases by conducting a variety of complex laboratory tests in hospitals, doctors’ offices, medical and diagnostic laboratories, and in educational and research settings.
As a Ball State student in the medical technology major, you will learn how to conduct laboratory work in bacteriology, chemistry, serology (reactions and properties of serums), and blood bank technology, which are all skills needed in the industry. After three years of study, you will finish with an intensive clinical laboratory program to gain hands-on experience.
To learn more about the profession and possible careers, visit the American Medical Technologists website.
What It’s Like to Major in Pre-Health Professions at Ball State
Our undergraduate pre-health programs feature collaborations with specialized health programs in the region to ensure that our students are prepared after graduating from Ball State.
By completing this program, you will also fulfill admission requirements for professional school after Ball State.
Our Pre-Health Professions Club enhances your understanding of health career challenges and accommodates and supports your changing needs. It also gives you ample opportunity to connect with your peers who are also studying subjects in pre-health.
This program offers opportunities for you to participate in research through research credit classes, undergraduate research grants, laboratory journal clubs, summer research opportunities, undergraduate fellowship programs, and opportunities for physician shadowing.
Our low student-to-professor ratio and small class sizes give you daily contact with professors in both lecture and laboratory, plus the individualized attention you need to excel.
By completing our program, you will earn a Bachelor of Science degree through coursework and clinical work.
Total to Graduate: 120
- Major: 45
- Clinical laboratory program: 32
- University Core Curriculum: 66-70
The courses you will take to complete the medical technology major are:
- BIO 111 – Principles of Biology 1
- BIO 313 – Microbiology
- BIO 341 – Pathogenic Bacteriology
- BIO 344 – Immunology-Virology
- ANAT 201 – Fundamentals of Human Anatomy
- CHEM 111 – General Chemistry 1
- CHEM 112 – General Chemistry 2
- CHEM 225 – Chemical Analysis
- CHEM 231 – Organic Chemistry 1
- CHEM 235 – Instrumental Methods of Analysis
- CHEM 360 – Essentials of Biochemistry
- PHYSL 215 – Human Physiology 1
- ZOOL 347 – Animal Parasitology
We also recommend you take CS 116 – Visual Programming as an elective.
You will apply to a school of medical technology that solely determines your admission based on your scholastic standing (e.g. minimum grade-point average of 2.5), your performance in personal interviews, and your recommendations from faculty and others.
Note that completing the first three years of the major does not guarantee admission to the program to which you applied for your clinical year. We advise you to plan an alternative program of study that could be completed in your fourth year if you are not admitted to a clinical program. You may reapply for your clinical program next year.
For a complete list of all the classes you will take as part of this program and their descriptions, please see our Course Catalog.
Paying for Your Education
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