Saint Vincent School of Medical Technology

The Program

The Saint Vincent Health Center School of Medical Technology is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS). The school has been educating medical technologists since 1946 and is an academic affiliate of several colleges and universities in Pennsylvania, Ohio and New York. The affiliates grant the baccalaureate degree upon successful completion of the program year. Agreements with non-affiliated schools are arranged as needed.

Academic Calendar and Courses

Classes begin each July and continue for a full 51 weeks. Lectures and student laboratory experiences are completed from August through March of the program year. From April through July, clinical rotations are completed in the laboratories of Associated Clinical Laboratories, Community Blood Bank of Northwest Pennsylvania and Saint Vincent Health Center. Graduates are eligible to take the ASCP Board of Certification MLS (ASCP) Examination.

Course Names / Numbers:
Hematology & Coagulation - SVHC 401 (4 credits)
Clinical Chemistry - SVHC 402 (8 credits)
Immunohematology - SVHC 403 (4 credits)
Parasitology - SVHC 404 (1 credit)
Urinalysis - SVHC 405 (3 credits)
Mycology - SVHC 406 (1 credit)
Immunology & Serology - SVHC 407 (4 credits)
Bacteriology - SVHC 408 (6 credits)
Education - SVHC 409 (0.5 credit)
Management - SVHC 410 (0.5 credit)

(32 semester hours total)

Tuition and Fees

Tuition for the 2013-2014 school year is $8,469. Textbooks cost between $560 and $630 for the year. Incoming students must pay for a medical examination with lab tests (charges vary) criminal background checks (approximately $50), and drug screening during the first week of classes (approximately $40). 

Admission Requirements and Application

Students must already possess or be a candidate for a baccalaureate degree at the senior level in an accredited college or university. Information regarding admission requirements and applications can be downloaded below as pdf files. For further information, you can also contact the Program Director, School of Medical Technology, at (814) 452-5365 or by sending an e-mail message.

 

Application Deadline

 

The application deadline is October 15, 2013.  Please contact the Program Director with any questions. 

Accreditation

The School of Medical Technology is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS).

NAACLS
5600 N. River Road, Suite 720            
Rosemont, IL  60018-5119            
Telephone: 847-939-3597 or  773-714-8880    
Fax: 773-714-8886    
E-mail: info@naacls.org
Web page: www.naacls.org   

Essential Functions

These standards have been developed in compliance with the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS) and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.

  • Adequate physical health is necessary to meet the job requirements of a Medical Technologist/Clinical Laboratory Scientist and avoid presenting hazards to the health of others.
  • Adequate emotional health is necessary to work in a safe manner and produce accurate results while under stress.
  • Adequate hand-eye coordination and fine-motor skills are necessary to meet the job requirements of a Medical Technologist/Medical Laboratory Scientist.
  • Normal or corrected eyesight is necessary to work in a safe manner and produce accurate results. Colorblindness will not preclude admission, but will be noted and compensated for during the program year in order to correctly interpret testing procedures that depend on accurate color recognition and interpretation.

Technical Standards

  • Students must provide their own health insurance coverage during the program year.
  • Students must maintain a minimum 70% grade performance in all lecture subjects in order to advance to the Clinical Rotation portion of the program year.
  • Students must maintain a minimum 70% grade performance in all Clinical Rotation Review Examinations in order to complete that part of the program year.
  • A nonrefundable deposit of $500.00 is required of all individuals accepting an offer of admission in order to hold a seat in the upcoming class. This deposit is deducted from the total tuition charge.
  • Tuition for the 2013-2014 program year is $8469. Quarterly tuition payments are suggested. Payment of half the tuition charge prior to the end of January, and of the remaining half prior to the end of June, is acceptable.
  • If a student withdraws from the School of Medical Technology, or is dismissed, tuition payments will be refunded on a monthly basis.
  • Textbooks are purchased individually by each student through Rittenhouse Distributors’ Pro Forma Program. Expenses and refund arrangements for textbooks are determined by Rittenhouse policies in effect at the time of purchase.
  • Students are personally responsible for paying fees for criminal background checks, child abuse history, and fingerprinting and drug testing. No refunds are available for these fees.
  • Students who complete their undergraduate education in countries where English is not the predominate language must submit results of the TOEFL Examination. Information regarding this examination and its fees is available at toefl.org.
  • Students who complete their undergraduate education outside the United States must submit a transcript evaluation indicating individual course grades, grade point average, and credits earned in terms equivalent to those commonly used in the United States. Information and a fee schedule are available at World Education Service, wes.org.
  • Students are responsible for the total amounts charged for tuition, fees and textbooks, including any amounts in excess of financial aid received.
  • A drug screen must be completed during the first week of classes.  A negative result is required in order to remain in the program.
  • Criminal background, child abuse history and fingerprint checks must be completed and passed in order to remain in the program. 
  • All tuition charges must be paid in full before the student sits for the Final Examination.

These statements must be signed and dated by the applicant and returned to the School of Medical Technology as part of the application package.  Applicants may download the Essential Functions-Technical Standards form here.  All questions are to be referred to: 

Program Director, School of Medical Technology
Saint Vincent Health Center
232 West 25th Street
Erie, PA  16544
Telephone:  814-452-5365
 

Non-discrimination Statement

It is the policy of the Saint Vincent Health Center School of Medical Technology that there shall be equal opportunity in all of its educational programs and services. There shall be no discrimination with regard to the race, religion, creed, color, national or ethnic origin, ancestry, gender, age, veteran status, sexual orientation or disability of students, prospective students or instructors.

This policy is placed in this document in accordance with state and federal laws including Title VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, Sections 503 and 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, the Civil Rights Act of 1991 and all applicable federal and state executive orders.

For more information about the Saint Vincent Health Center School of Medical Technology, call 814-452-5365 or send us an e-mail message.