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Medical technologists are lab professionals who play an important role in patient health.

By conducting the medical tests that are ordered by physicians — results physicians rely on when making a diagnosis and in determining proper treatment.

Southwest Baptist University, in cooperation with the Cox School of Medical Technology, Cox Health Systems, Springfield, Mo., offers a four-year program leading to a B.S. degree in medical technology. The fourth year of this work is taken at Cox Medical Center South (or an approved hospital or school of medical technology).

Students are certified in this field upon completing the degree and passing the examination given by the American Society of Clinical Pathologists.

The SBU Advantage

  • All full-time faculty have earned PhDs and teach all labs and lectures personally.
  • Our faculty represent a range of life science fields.
  • Small class sizes mean plenty of hands-on help and interaction with professors.
  • Nearly 100% of our students applying to medical technology programs are accepted.

Engaged Learning

Biology classrooms are equipped with current technology and our faculty use a variety of teaching techniques. Labs are taught in a hands-on fashion engaging students in observation and experimentation and are small in size allowing for individual interaction.

Course Information

In addition to the general education and graduation requirements, students pursuing a degree in medical technology must complete a specific curriculum of biology (22 hours) and chemistry (23 hours) courses, followed by a year of courses in an accredited medical technology program.

Clubs and Organizations

Biology Club: Members are involved in service projects and planning social events.

Pre-Health Society: Pre-Health Society is an open club for students who are interested in pursuing a career in a health-related field. The club meets once a month for group meetings, planning service events, and hearing guest speakers from various health fields. The club is a mix of all classes and gives younger students the chance to meet the older students who can encourage them in chosen fields and help them through the challenging parts of pursuing a career in a health field.


Margaret A. Kort Biology Scholarship

The Margaret A. Kort Biology Scholarship fund is an endowed scholarship fund established in honor of Dr. Margaret A. Kort's long years of service to SBU and the department of biology. This scholarship has been established by faculty and friends for the purpose of providing one or more scholarships per year for SBU students majoring in the field of biology.

Friends of the College of Science and Mathematics Scholarship

The School of Arts and Sciences Scholarship fund is an endowed scholarship fund established by the curators and friends of the School of Arts and Sciences. Scholarship recipients will be students who have matriculated at SBU with a major in the College of Science and Mathematics. Recipients must have achieved high academic honors at SBU and show a good balance between the academic, spiritual, and social aspects of campus life.

Dr. Irl Tremain

For a student preparing for a career in the biological sciencesLucy C. Tremain
For a student preparing for a career in the biological sciences, preferably in the field of ecology or population biology

Career Opportunities

The outlook for future employment as a medical laboratory scientist is outstanding. There is a significant shortage of medical technologists worldwide, which may worsen in the years to come.

Degree Requirements

Required courses before admission to the medical technology program:

BIO 1004 Principles of Biology
An introductory, multifaceted survey of biology including: cell theory, genetics, evolutionary theory, survey of living organisms, ecology, and human biology. Three lectures and one laboratory each week.
BIO 2204 Human Anatomy and Physiology I
An introduction to the study of form and function of the human body. This course is the first in a two-semester sequence. Particular attention will be given to the study of cells, tissues, and metabolism, as well as the skeletal, muscular, respiratory and digestive systems. Three lectures, one laboratory each week.
BIO 3304 Human Anatomy and Physiology II
This course is a continuation of Biology 2204. Areas of study will include: the nervous, endocrine, circulatory, lymphatic, and the urogenital systems. Three lectures, one laboratory each week.
BIO 3314 Microbiology
A study of the cultural characteristics, morphology, metabolism, taxonomy and infection of microorganisms, with emphasis on methods of isolation, growth and identification. Three lectures, one laboratory each week.
BIO 3322 Introduction to Immunology
Fundamental principles of immunology and serology. The structure and function of the immune system, antigen-antibody interaction, other serological reaction, immunoglobulin formation and immunosuppression. Two lectures each week.
BIO 3324 Genetics
Consideration of the nature, transmission, variation, and action of the hereditary material in relation to the laws and theories of heredity in both plants and animals. Three lectures, one laboratory each week.
BIO/CHE 3364 Biochemistry
A study of the chemistry and metabolism of biologically important compounds. Includes the biochemistry of proteins, lipids and carbohydrates, nucleic acids and the energetics of living organisms. Three lectures and one laboratory each week.
CHE 1115 General Chemistry I
A study of the fundamental laws and theories involved in chemical changes. Topics will include atomic theory, thermochemistry and nuclear chemistry. Stress will be on the solving of mathematical problems which illustrate the principles of chemistry. The course is designed principally for students planning on careers related to the natural sciences. Four lectures, one laboratory each week.
CHE 1125 General Chemistry II
A continuation of CHE 1115 covering chemical equilibrium, oxidation-reduction, acid-base theory, thermodynamics, chemical kinetics, the basics of coordination chemistry, and an introduction to organic chemistry. Four lectures, one laboratory each week.
CHE 3304 Organic Chemistry I
Study of the theory and mechanisms of the basic reactions of organic compounds and their derivatives. Emphasis on alkyl halides, alkanes, alkenes, stereochemistry, alicyclics, alkynes and dienes. Three lectures, one laboratory each week.
CHE 3314 Organic Chemistry II
Continuation of CHE 3304. Emphasis on aromatic compounds, interpretive spectroscopy, alcohols, carboxylic acids and their derivatives, aldehydes, ketones, amines and ethers. Three lectures, one laboratory each week.
Choose one of the following:
CHE 3345 Analytical Chemistry
Study of the fundamental principles of quantitative analytical chemistry including basic statistics. An intensive laboratory experience which applies these principles to gravimetric, volumetric and electroanalytical determinations. Three lectures, two labs each week.
CHE 3354 Instrumental Analysis
Study of the basic principles of instrumental methods of analysis. Topics studied include optical methods, chromatographic methods and selected other modern methods. Three lectures, one laboratory each week.

The following courses are recommended as electives before admission to the medical technology program:

BIO 3384 Histology
A systematic cytological and histological study of animal tissues and organs with an introduction to basic histological procedures. Two lectures, two laboratories each week
BIO 3394 Pathogenic Microbiology
The study of pathogenic microorganisms, their mode of transmission, infection and control as they relate to humans. Bacterial, viral, fungal and parasitic diseases will be studied. Three lectures, one lab each week.
PSY/SOC 3243 Elementary Statistics
Measurement, averages, variability percentile rank, normal curve, correlation, chi-square and probability related to the behavior sciences.
MGT 4043 Organizational Behavior
Theory of organizations, individual and group behavior, organizational processes and change. This course is a requirement for many graduate programs in business.
FIN 3003 Personal Financial Planning
Topics to be studied include budgeting, banking, major consumer purchases (including lease vs. buy decisions), home ownership, all types of personal insurance (from liability to disability), investments, estate planning and taxes.

The following courses (with associated SBU credit hours awarded) are taken by students accepted into the Cox School of Medical Technology during the senior year:

MTC 401 Clinical Biochemistry
Theory and laboratory study of analytical biochemistry, incorporating both routine and special chemical procedures.
MTC 402 Clinical Microscopy
Principles and techniques of the physical, chemical and microscopic examination of urine and other body fluids as related to the disease process.
MTC 403 Clinical Hematology and Coagulation
Study of blood cell derivation, maturation and function. Principles of hemostatis and coagulation. Methodology used in routine and special studies and the interpretation and correlation with disease states.
MTC 404 Diagnostic Immunology
The science of immunity including antibody development, principles of the antigen-antibody interactions, and techniques of serological testing for various disease states.
MTC 405 Clinical Microbiology
The theory and laboratory study of pathogenic bacteria, viruses, rickettsiae, fungi, and parasites. Includes morphology, physiology, taxonomy, and medical significance.
MTC 406 Immunohematology
A study of the blood group systems and the immune response. Methods of cross-matching, antibody screening, and phenotyping. Administrative safeguards and legal aspects of blood banking.
MTC 407 Special Topics in Medical Technology
Instruction will include lecture and/or clinical practice in the areas of in-service education, management and supervision, research and development, and the principles and techniques of the instructional process.