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Cooperative Medical Technology Program of Akron

Medical Technology Program

The Cooperative Medical Technology Program of Akron (CMTPA) is a joint educational effort among Akron Children's Hospital, Akron General Medical Center and Summa Health System Hospitals. In keeping with each institution’s dedication to professional education for allied health professionals, the Cooperative Medical Technology Program of Akron is committed to quality education and clinical training of students in Medical Laboratory Science.  Recognizing this important role in diagnosis and treatment of disease, the Program promotes advancement of science and technology in patient care through life-long development of technical skills and competency.

Our program is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences.

Student Interview

Deadline for applying to program:  Dec. 1

Deadline for receiving all materials requested:  Dec. 15 

The applicant's eligibility for interview for the medical technology program is determined by a scored evaluation that considers college or university affiliation, grade achievement and trends, courses completed, prior work or volunteer experience, knowledge of the profession, communication skills, personal goals, and reference information.

The interview is scored using highly structured predetermined questions. We evaluate traits such as interest, attitude, communication skills, presence of goals, knowledge of the profession, ability to handle stress, sense of responsibility, and problem-solving/decision-making skills. The interview is scored and combined with pre-interview data.

The top ranking students are accepted into the program. An alternate list is prepared from the next highest scores. Selections are finalized in February.

You may apply to the program by completing the application materials and providing the requested documents. We only consider complete application files that are received by stated deadlines. The applicant is responsible for seeing that all materials have been received.

Program Goals & University Affiliations

  • Provide an educational experience that will enable a student to acquire competencies needed to function in any clinical laboratory setting within a standard period of orientation.
  • Prepare graduates to pass a national certification examination in order to enter professional practice.
  • Provide guided experience in scientific investigation and innovation to stimulate curiosity and intellectual growth.
  • Develop the student’s understanding, skills, and attitudes for effective cooperation with other health care professionals.
  • Provide an environment conducive to professional growth and development, with emphasis on quality care and patient safety.

University Affiliations

Applications from students attending nonaffiliated colleges or universities will be accepted, although preference will be given to applicants from schools with which the program has a formal affiliation. A full year of academic credit is granted by affiliated and nonaffiliated institutions to students enrolled in the program, so that "3+1" graduates will receive a bachelor's degree at the next scheduled college/university commencement following their graduation from the program.

Undergraduates from nonaffiliated colleges/universities must have a statement from the degree-granting institution certifying that it will award a degree at the completion of the training, according to the Standards of the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences(NAACLS).

Students who have already earned a bachelor's degree are considered nonaffiliates and receive 35 credit hours of instruction from the program. All program graduates receive a certificate upon completion of the clinical year course work.

Graduates of the program are eligible to take the national certification examination offered by the American Society for Clinical Pathology Board of Certification (ASCP).

Tuition

Contact the CMTPA office at 330-543-8720 for current tuition information. Students must provide their own books, housing, meals, health insurance and liability insurance.  

Curriculum

The curriculum for our medical technology program includes the following courses:

  • Clinical Chemistry
  • Clinical Immunology
  • Coagulation
  • Hematology
  • Immunohematology
  • Microbiology/Virology
  • Mycology
  • Parasitology
  • Phlebotomy
  • Urinalysis/Body Fluids
  • Management

Instruction is also given in communications, research, scientific writing and education to prepare graduates for expanded opportunities in clinical laboratory science.

There is one week of elective time, which may be used to strengthen weak areas or to gain more exposure to specialized areas such as cytogenetics, electron microscopy, histology, research, education, and quality assurance.

 

Program Structure

The medical technology (clinical laboratory science) course begins annually in July, covers a 51-week period, and is divided into 2 semesters. Each semester is divided into 2 phases. 

Semester A Semester B
Phase I Phase II Phase 1 Phase II
13 weeks 15 weeks 12 weeks 11 weeks

Phase I is housed at Akron Children's Hospital and includes student laboratory and lecture experiences. Faculty from all 3 hospitals participate in Phase I instruction.

The clinical laboratory experiences in Phase II blend with case study presentations, updates on selected topics, and discussions of professional issues. The curriculum is designed so each student will spend time in each of the 3 hospital laboratories during Phase II.

Outcome Measures

Year Graduation Rate Job Placement Board of Certification
First Year Pass Rate
2015 100% 100% 90%
2016 100% 100% 100%
2017 100% 100% 100%

 

Employment Opportunities

While most medical technologists are employed by hospital laboratories, an increasing number are employed by clinics, commercial labs, scientific supply companies and research laboratories. Other career paths include health care administration, education, public health and safety. Since medical technologists have a strong background in biology and chemistry, they may choose to pursue a graduate degree in these areas.  All graduates seeking employment upon completion of the program find jobs within 6 months.