Medical Technology (3+1) (4+1) (B.A., B.S.)


Medical technologists use complex equipment to perform and interpret laboratory tests. The results provide doctors with the information they need to diagnose and provide quality treatment to their patients.

The Programs

3+ 1
After three successful years of study as a medical technology major at Seton Hill, you will devote 12 months to clinical education at an approved school of medical technology. Seton Hill University grants 32 credits for this year of education. After completing the fourth year of the program, the student earns a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree from Seton Hill in medical technology.

4+ 1
If you chose the 4 + 1 program, you will earn a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in medical technology from Seton Hill in four years. After graduation you will complete your studies with one year of clinical education in an approved hospital school. This program takes longer, but allows the student to obtain a broader and deeper education that is well suited to later specialization in chemistry or microbiology.

After completing either program, you will be eligible to take any of several national examinations for certification as a professional medical technologist.

As a student in the Medical Technology Program, you will:

  • Learn the proper use of the language of biological science.
  • Understand, summarize and interpret data.
  • Apply a scientific approach to problem solving and analyze scientific literature.
  • Address the unity of life at the cellular, organism and population levels and discuss the relationships between biology and disciplines of chemistry, mathematics and physics.
  • Identify key concepts of biological science, including those from the disciplines of anatomy, evolution, genetics, molecular biology and physiology.
  • Identify and gain experience with the tools of biological research, including those associated with the laboratory, field studies and computers.
  • Evaluate ethical considerations associated with applications of biotechnology, especially in the fields of ecology and genetics, and express one’s own position on such issues.

Approved Schools of Medical Technology

Affiliating hospital schools of medical technology are Altoona Hospital, Memorial Medical Center, Conemaugh Health System and Saint Vincent Health Center (Erie). These schools are accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS). Students may choose another accredited hospital school of medical technology with permission from Seton Hill’s Medical Technology Program. (Clinical school spaces are limited, standards for admission are high, and admission to the medical technology program at Seton Hill University does not guarantee admission to the clinical school year.)