Medical technologists are lab
professionals who play an important role in patient health.
conducting the medical tests that are ordered by physicians — results
physicians rely on when making a diagnosis and in determining proper
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
- Our faculty represent a range of life science fields.
- Small class sizes mean plenty of hands-on help and interaction with
- Nearly 100% of our students applying to medical technology
programs are accepted.
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
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
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
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
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.
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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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