Medical Technology

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Pre-Medical Technology Advisor: A. Thapaliya, 

Adjunct Faculty: Carla Clem, M.S., MT(ASCP)SH^CM, Program Director, IU Health Methodist Hospital; 

DeAnne Maxwell, MLS(ASCP)CM, Program Director, CLS, Franciscan St. Francis Health 

Franklin College maintains affiliations with the Schools of Medical Technology at IU Health Methodist Hospital and Franciscan St. Francis Health, both in Indianapolis, Indiana. Upon successful completion of a minimum of 90 semester hours (three years) of baccalaureate instruction at Franklin College and the 12-month professional course in medical technology/clinical laboratory science at IU Health or St. Francis, the student is then eligible to receive the baccalaureate degree from Franklin College and a certificate of completion from the IU Health or St. Francis program. 

The medical technology courses which can constitute the fourth year in the three plus one program are: 

At IU Health                                                           
Clinical Chemistry (8 hours)                                     
Clinical Hematology (7 hours)                                  
Clinical Immunohematology (4 hours)                      
Clinical Microbiology (8 hours)                                
Education/Management/Research (2 hours)            
Serology/Virology (2 hours)                                     
Urinalysis (1 hour)                                                   

At Franciscan St. Francis Health
Laboratory Skills (4 hours)
Chemistry (4 hours)
Hematology (5 hours)
Microbiology (5 hours)
Immunology/Serology (2 hours)
Clinical microscopy (2 hours)
Immunohematology (4 hours)
Clinical Practicum (6 hours

Both programs include student laboratory and clinical rotation phases. 

Students interested in this three-year-plus-one-year program should carefully plan Franklin College course selections after consultation with the faculty health professions advising committee. 

The criteria utilized by the hospitals to select students for admission to the program include the following: 

  1. Science and cumulative grade point accumulative average of 2.70 (A= 4.00) or better. 
  2. Letters of recommendation. (see application packets for exact details) 
  3. Successful completion of the academic prerequisites listed below with a minimum grade of C-. 
  4. Completed application form. 
  5. Personal interview. 

The application to the IU Health or the Franciscan St. Francis Health program must be completed by December 1st each year for the program which begins the following summer. Personal interviews must be completed between Oct. 1 and Dec. 15. (Schedule interview appointments prior to Dec. 1.) IU Health and Franciscan St. Francis Health participate, along with all of the medical technology programs in Indiana, in a student-school matching program. This matching program is a free service to the applicant. Application forms will be given out and explained during the interview. 

Upon successful completion of the program at either hospital, the graduate will then be eligible to take the Board of Certification examination given by the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) to become certified as a Medical Laboratory Scientist (MLS). 

Academic prerequisites for the medical technology program 

Biological Science: 16 semester hours, including BIO 134, 140, and 373 
Chemistry: 16 semester hours, including CHE 121, 122, 123, 124, 221, 223, and 334 
Mathematics: MAT 135 or MAT 224 

The minimum total of 90 semester hours required for admission to the IU Health and St. Francis programs must include all graduation requirements at Franklin College: a departmental major, six immersive term hours, and the liberal arts program requirements. Successful completion of the clinical year satisfies the required internship or senior year experience for the Biology or Chemistry major. 

Tuition and fees for the professional program are handled through the tuition plan at Franklin College. The tuition charged for the hospital portion of the program will be based on the hospital’s contract for fees with the college. 

For additional information about this program or about other medical technology programs, students should consult with the Pre-Medical Technology advisor at Franklin College. 


Revised 11-22-21