Biology majors interested in the healthcare field may want to consider choosing the medical technology concentration. This program provides students with the knowledge and skills to become registered medical technologists, healthcare practitioners who work in labs, hospitals, doctors' offices and other medical and scientific facilities, performing diagnostic analytical tests on human body fluids and other specimens.
To become a registered Medical Technologist, a student must complete at least three years of college (the equivalent of 90 semester hours), a year of training at an AMA approved school of Medical Technology, and pass a registry examination. During the fall of the junior year, the student applies to one or more approved schools of Medical Technology. Mercyhurst University is affiliated with Saint Vincent Health Center, Erie, Pa., and WCA Hospital, Jamestown, N.Y. Other affiliations may be arranged on an individual basis. Upon satisfactory completion of the courses at the affiliated school, the student earns a B.S. in Biology/Medical Technology from Mercyhurst University and is eligible to sit for the registry examination. In consultation with an advisor, a program of study that follows the general plan of core, thematic, elective, and research courses listed below, will be created.