enter the APSU Medical Technology Program for degree/certification,
to enter the profession of Medical Technology/Clinical Laboratory
have certain minimal technical skills and essential functions. The APSU
Program expectations include:
Sufficient visual acuity
small font text; to read text presented on a video or computer monitor;
recognize and identify instrument communication lights and/or readouts;
distinguish cells under high power light microscopy by means of color
differences, morphology, granulation patterns, etc.; to recognize
morphology for bacterial colonies growing on solid media; to identify
clarity, and viscosity of body fluids, etc.
Sufficient proficiency in
English language to read and comprehend complex scientific literature,
technical papers and reports, to communicate effectively orally with
English speakers. International students must comply with APSU
regarding the TOEFL exam (or equivalent measures). See APSU University
and manual dexterity to operate complex mechanical and electronic
(e.g., compound microscope, spectrophotometer, centrifuge, electronic
computer terminal, semi-automated pipetting device, etc.); and perform
manual techniques (e.g., drawing blood, plating bacterial cultures,
microscope slides, test tubes, etc.).
Sufficient sound judgment
coping skills to perform effectively and function independently in
academic and clinical laboratory environments.
psychological/social adjustment to cooperate effectively in group
assignments and to perform in an ethical manner with professional
Sufficient confidence and
maturity, upon training, to draw blood from fellow students, faculty,
patients as well as to handle properly, using universal safety
blood and other body fluids as a part of performing clinical laboratory
in a student or clinical laboratory environment.