Student Dress and Conduct
Each program will have specific requirements for dress in the laboratory. The standard dress while in the lab typically includes a laboratory coat or jacket or a specified uniform
The clinical year consists of a course of study in which a large amount of clinical science knowledge must be assimilated in a relatively short time duration and thus, no program director will tolerate habitual tardiness, inattention, lethargy, or discourtesy.
Minimum GPA for Maintenance of Good Academic Standing
Most programs accept a GPA of 2.00/4.00 as the minimum of good standing in any of the various sections of the clinical year. The GPA of 2.00/4.00 corresponds, generally, to 70% on examination scores. If a student falls below this mark, the instructional staff will provide the student with remedial measures by which the student can remove the deficiency.
Evaluation, Probation, Dismissal, and Grievance Procedures
The student's progress will be closely monitored in each of the sections of the clinical study. As stated above, if a deficiency appears, the instructors will work closely with the student in order to correct the deficiency. In the event that the remedial measures are not successful, the program director, with input from the instructor(s), will prepare an evaluation report and will counsel the student regarding the report.
At this point, the program director and the medical director will decide whether or not to place the student on probation. If the student is placed on probation, the student again will be provided with a remedial procedure by which the probationary status can be removed. If this is unsuccessful, the program and medical directors, with input from the instructional staff, will make a decision on whether or not the student should be dismissed from the program.
If a student receives notification of dismissal, he/she will have the opportunity for a grievance hearing before the appropriate program officials. In cases of dismissal and/or grievance, the clinical officials have the option of including appropriate university officials as participants in the proceedings.
The lecture and laboratory instruction takes up 40 hours per week of the student's time. The student then spends most of his/her evenings in study and review. Although this doesn't leave much time for part-time employment, some hospitals will offer part-time employment on weekends. Part-time, weekday evening employment may be limited to those students who have maintained an excellent academic record in the clinical studies.
Health and Liability Insurance
The student has the option of taking the same accident and sickness insurance plan available to resident students or maintain his/her own private plan. In addition, some hospitals will make their own plan available to the student (usually at cost to the student).
Most hospitals maintain a limited coverage in case of accidents in the laboratory and this coverage is usually not charged to the student.
During the clinical year, the student will be required to be covered by liability insurance. In some programs, the hospital's general liability insurance will include student coverage. However, in some hospitals, the coverage does not include students and thus, the student must procure liability insurance on his/her own. In the latter case, the student should consult with one of the medical technology faculty advisors.
As the student works towards becoming a professional medical technologist, he/she must always keep in mind the confidential nature of the results of patients’ laboratory tests.
Estimation of Expenses During the Clinical Year
Tuition or Fees - See individual program descriptions.
Living Expense - The student will be expected to maintain his/her own living expenses. Some of the larger hospitals maintain a dormitory for nurses, and will make living quarters available to the medical technology student at a bargain rate, provided that the living space is available at the appropriate time. Some programs offer students a reduced rate on hospital cafeteria meals.
Incidental Expenses - The student is responsible for incidental expenses such as books, written materials, lab coat laundering, etc.
Sources of Financial Aid
- Grants - The University administers the Pell Grant, Supplemental Education Opportunity Grant, and the Missouri State Grant
- Loans - Loan programs administered by the university include the Federal Perkins Loan, the Federal Stafford Loan (subsidized and unsubsidized), and the Federal Parent Loan for Undergraduate Students (PLUS).
Important - Be sure application through University makes it clear that you are off campus in the clinical year program. Estimated expenses must be actual cost of clinical year program - not the cost to attend Southeast.
Clinical Programs Sources
- Grants and Loans - Some hospitals administer Federal financial aid programs such as BEOG, SEOG, Federally guaranteed student loans, and VA benefits. Some hospitals also maintain their own student loan service. And some hospitals will not have any kind of financial aid service.
- Scholarships - Clinical programs vary as to scholarship offerings. Each clinical program will furnish details on their financial aid sources.
International Society for Clinical Laboratory Technology
The ISCLT organizations award scholarships to medical technology majors, based on financial need.
818 Olive Street
St. Louis, MO 63101
American Society for Clinical Laboratory Sciences
The Fisher Scientific Company provides a $3,000 scholarship that is administered by the national office of ASMT. This scholarship is paid in installments during the junior and senior years of study. In order to be eligible, a student must:
- Be a permanent resident of the United States
- Be enrolled full time in a degree program in medical technology in an accredited college or university.
- Have completed the first term of the sophomore year and will enter the junior year within 12 months.
Contact: American Society for Medical Technology
Education and Research Fund, Inc.
330 Meadowfern Dr.
Houston, Texas 77067
Missouri Society for Clinical Laboratory Sciences
The MSMT organization is the state chapter of ASMT. MSMT operates a loan program for students attending Missouri clinical programs. At present, $750 can be loaned to a student demonstrating financial need. The interest is 7% repayable over a two-year period after graduation.
Contact: Sandy Claussen
5301 N. Michigan
Kansas City, MO 64118
Student Status While Attending the Clinical Program
Tuition or Fees - The University will charge no fees or tuition while the student is in the clinical year of study.
Registration and Residence Requirements - The medical technology faculty advisors will enroll each student who is accepted into a clinical program. This will be done for the Fall, Spring and Summer terms. Thus, the students in their clinical year will be on the University's regular enrollment list for the three terms and will hold regular student status. This procedure makes the student eligible for financial aid requiring University student status.
Transmittal of Grade Records to the University
When a student completes the clinical year of study, the program director will send a copy of the student's clinical record to the University's Registrar. This record shall contain the listing of the clinical courses by course title, course number, semester credit hours and grades. This record, as received from the clinical program, will appear on the student's official transcript.
Certification and/or Registration
After the student has finished the clinical year of study and has received his/her degree, the question of certification and/or registration must be dealt with. We live in a credential-conscious society, and it is in the best interest of the medical technologist to possess a credential, since it will facilitate the acquisition of a professional position. Possessing a credential means formal recognition of professional or technical competence by one or more certification/registration agencies.
It is the student's prerogative as to which agency is chosen for the obtaining of certification/registration. The student also has the option of obtaining certification from more than one agency. The certification agencies for medical technologists are listed in Section I D of this document. Fees for writing an agency's certification or registry examination vary.
In order for the University to keep a record of the success rate of our students on the certification/registration exam, each student will be asked to sign a waiver of their rights under the 1974 Family education Rights and Privacy Act. This request will be made by the clinical program director. This will allow the program director to transmit to the Medical Technology faculty advisor the registration/certification exam results each year.
Application for Graduation
Students must apply for graduation. Since medical technology students are not on campus for pre-registration for final term, you must notify the Registrar of your intent to graduate. The Registrar will then send you the necessary forms. The deadline for notifying the Registrar of your intent to graduate is the end of the first week of classes in the term you wish to participate in commencement exercises.
Most students attend clinical programs that begin in July and finish the following June. If you wish to participate in Spring commencement, you may do so only if the transcript of your clinical grades can reach the Registrar's office by June 30 of that year. If this is not possible, you will need to graduate at the end of the summer session. Be sure that your School of Medical Technology will be able to meet this deadline before applying for spring graduation.