OVERVIEW OF DEGREE REQUIREMENTS
Minimum number of credits required to graduate: 120
Minimum Cumulative GPA required to graduate: 2.5
Minimum Grade requirements for courses to count toward major: None.
Other GPA requirements to graduate: Clinical Laboratory Science majors require a minimum cumulative 2.5 GPA in all courses required for their major to be considered for admission to the practicum at Eastern Maine Medical Center or other hospital in their senior year.
Required Course(s) for fulfilling Capstone Experience: BIO 426
Contact Information: Christa Schwintzer, Assistant Director of School of Biology and Ecology, 310 Deering Hall, (207)581-3115
Students in Clinical Laboratory Sciences (Medical Technology) prepare to become medical technologists who work in the laboratory/diagnostic sector of the health professions industry and research laboratories. Students must enroll as pre-medical technology students and apply for formal admission to the program after completing three semesters of study. Admission is not automatic and depends on academic performance and aptitude for the field. Medical technology students are on campus for three academic years and then spend the senior year in ten to a twelve-month medical center practicum. The University of Maine is affiliated with the School of Medical Technology at Eastern Maine Medical Center (EMMC) in Bangor. Juniors in the Medical Technology program apply directly to the EMMC or other accredited programs for admission to the practicum. Obtaining admission to medical facilities offering a practicum is a competitive process and a student must have a GPA of 2.5 overall and 2.5 in the sciences to be considered for admission to most practicum programs. Completing coursework at the University of Maine does not guarantee a position in a practicum. For enrollment in a practicum program, students must successfully undergo a criminal background check. Laboratories hiring graduates of these programs will also conduct criminal background checks and require drug testing. After completing the practicum, students are eligible to take the certifying examination administered by the American Society of Clinical Pathology.
For the BS in Clinical Laboratory Sciences, a minimum grade of “C” is required in BIO 100 and BIO 208.
Students majoring in Clinical Laboratory Sciences must earn a score of 4 or 5 in order to receive advanced placement credit for BIO 100.
Students may earn the BS in Clinical Laboratory Sciences by completing the curriculum outlined as follows. A minimum of 16 credits of chemistry is required by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Science. The senior year practicum meets the requirement for the General Education Capstone Experience and Writing Intensive in the major.