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Program Overview

Quick Facts

  • Delivery: On Campus
  • Credits: 120
  • Brand New State-of-the-Art Labs
  • Anatomy Study Lab

Medical laboratory scientists 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. According to Forbes, we are currently experiencing a shortage for medical laboratory scientists, which mean they are in high demand!

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 National Accreditation Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS) website.

Meet the Biology Faculty Who Teach in this Program

We have a dedicated support team in Biology including academic advisors with educational backgrounds in biological sciences and a faculty advisor with a PhD. They will assist you with the application timeline, setting benchmarks, and finding shadowing and volunteer opportunities. Feel free to contact one of the advisors to see what a course schedule would like look!

Our Program Meets Admission Requirements

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.

Student Organizations

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.

In-Depth Research Opportunities

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.

Small Class Sizes

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.

Accredited Affiliates

As a student in the Medical Technology program, you'll complete hands-on training with affiliated clinical programs, all of which maintain an independent accreditation with the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences.

By completing our program, you will earn a Bachelor of Science degree through coursework and clinical work.

Credits Required

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 112 – Principles of Biology 2
  • BIO 215 – Cell Biology
  • BIO 313 – Microbiology
  • BIO 315 – Methods in Cell Biology
  • BIO 341 – Pathogenic Bacteriology
  • BIO 444 – Immunology
  • 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 241 – Organic Chemistry Laboratory 1
  • CHEM 325 – Instrumental Methods of Analysis
  • CHEM 360 – Essentials of Biochemistry
  • CHEM 361 – Introductory Biochemistry Laboratory
  • MATH 108 – Intermediate Algebra
  • PHYS 215 – Human Physiology 1
  • ZOOL 347 – Animal Parasitology

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.

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Do you want to learn more about our program or have questions about the application process or financial aid? We’re here to help! One of the best ways to understand why Ball State is right for you is to schedule a visit through our Office of Undergraduate Admissions to see it for yourself. Or if you’d like to speak directly to someone in our department, please feel free to call or email us.


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