Department of Biological Sciences

Allied Health Science Programs

Bachelor of Science in Medical Laboratory Science

Arkansas Tech University, in affiliation with approved schools of medical technology, offers a four-year program leading to the bachelor of science degree and to certification as a medical technologist. The affiliated schools of medical technology are accredited by the Council on Medical Education and Hospitals of the American Medical Association.

The first three years of the curriculum are taught on the Tech campus and the fourth (professional) year is taught at one of the affiliated schools of medical technology. Admission to the professional year is on a competitive basis, and students must meet the admission standards of the medical technology school.

Personnel with Medical Technology Affiliated Institutions

Baptist Health College, Little Rock, Arkansas: Jennie Manees, M.P.H., MT (ASCP), Program Director, School of Medical Laboratory Science.

St. John’s Regional Medical Center, Joplin, Missouri: Susan O. Pintado, M.D., Medical Director, School of Medical Technology. Karen Adkins, MA ED, MT (ASCP), Program Director, School of Medical Technology.

To qualify for the bachelor of science degree, the student must satisfactorily complete at least 82 credit-hours specified in the curriculum below and be accepted by one of our affiliated schools of medical technology, listed above, for the senior year. During their senior (professional) year of residency (52 weeks of class) at one of the affiliated schools of medical technology, successful candidates will complete 38 to 40 credit hours for a total of at least 120 credit hours. This experience is an all or nothing situation where the student must satisfactorily complete the entire program to bring any of the credit toward this degree.

Tuition and fees for courses taken the senior year at one of the affiliated medical technology schools will be assessed at the current rate charged by the affiliated school and are payable to Arkansas Tech University. Financial aid and scholarship arrangements are also made by Tech; however students are also encouraged to contact the affiliated medical technology schools for possible additional opportunities.

Upon successful completion of the final year at an affiliated medical technology school, a student is eligible for a bachelor of science degree, as well as being eligible to write the National Board Examination for licensure. This examination is given at various times throughout the year by the Board of Registry of the American Society of Clinical Pathologists.


The matrix below is a sample plan for all coursework required for this program.

1See appropriate alternatives or substitutions in "General Education Requirements".
2Must have a total of 12-13 hours of upper-level chemistry, 7-8 hours of upper-level biology, and a total of 25 to 27 hours in the junior year to reach the total 80-82 hours required before entering the senior year off-campus. The senior year consists of 38-40 hours depending on which affiliate school program the candidate completes. Thus, a minimum of 120 hours for on and off-campus hours is required.