General Information

The Medical Technology Program is one of the academic offerings of the School of Health Professions, located within the Medical Sciences Campus of the University of Puerto Rico. Medical Technology is the study of the application of clinical laboratory analysis to the diagnosis or prevention of disease and to the monitoring of patient therapy. The program provides students with the knowledge and skills necessary to responsibly practice the profession. Students are also expected to develop a true sense of humanism and a professional attitude. The Program is fully accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for the Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS).

Students are admitted into the professional program following a minimum of three years of undergraduate study. General requirements provide the basics of communication, math, critical thinking, social and ethical values. Prerequisite science courses establish the background knowledge necessary for the professional courses. Upon completion of the program, graduates qualify for a B.S. degree in Medical Technology or receive a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate, as appropriate.

The curriculum consists of two didactic semesters, offering the theory, knowledge and analytical skills in each major area of clinical laboratory science; and a six-month clinical practice, providing the opportunity to further develop and integrate the psychomotor, cognitive and attitudinal aspects of the profession. Graduates are competent in performing analytical tests on blood and other body fluids according to appropriate quality assurance standards, interpreting and reporting results, using modern instrumentation and methodologies, and applying the principles of management and education. Students are exposed to diverse educational/clinical experiences including practice rotations in hospital or private laboratory settings.

The faculty are all highly qualified and licensed as general clinical laboratory scientists, with diverse academic preparations and experience as clinicians, supervisors, and educators. They are committed to continuing professional development through participation in professional organizations, attendance at national/international meetings and the pursuit of advanced degrees. Their continual awareness of emerging trends in healthcare is the framework for clinical service, consulting, education, and participation in legislative matters related to the profession.

All program graduates are eligible to take certifying examinations given by the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico or the American Society for Clinical Pathology-BOR. Upon licensure, they are qualified to work in hospital and private clinical laboratories, pharmaceutical/biomedical industries, or research settings. As a valuable member of the healthcare team, the medical technologist must be academically and ethically capable of providing quality laboratory-related services.

Program Mission

The mission of the Program is to prepare highly trained clinical laboratory scientists, qualified to practice as members of the healthcare team and contribute to the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of human disease in accordance with the emerging needs of the Puerto Rican community. The curriculum is designed to develop the cognitive, behavioral, and attitudinal skills required for technical, supervisory, consultative, and teaching roles in a variety of clinical or research settings.

Accreditation

The Medical Technology Program of the Medical Sciences Campus, University of Puerto Rico is accredited by the National Accreditation Agency of Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS), 5600 N River Rd Suite 720 Rosemont, IL 60018-5119; Tel: (773) 714-8880, Fax: (773) 714-8886; www.naacls.org

Admission Requirements

In order to be considered for admission, applicants to the Bachelor Degree must meet the following requirements:

  1. Three years of general courses and basic sciences (100 credits) are required as stated below.
  2. Grade point average of at least 2.50 in science and mathematics courses and in all required courses.
  3. Have a maximum of 8 credits in prerequisite work pending for the summer session.
  4. Possess the essential functions and capabilities necessary for an individual to carry out the responsibilities of the profession. The student must sign a form that certifies that possess the essential functions of the professions.
  5. No transfer of credits or credits for experiential learning accepted.
  6. Advance placement credits accepted.
  7. Fluency in Spanish and knowledge and comprehension of English.
  8. Possess necessary physical and cognitive abilities required by the profession.
  9. Be interviewed by the faculty.
  10. No service work allowed.

Additional to the above, applicants to the Post-Bachelor Certificate must present evidence of a Bachelor of Science degree from an accredited college or university, including the courses required for admission to the Bachelor’s Degree Program.

Required Courses

  1. (Introductory courses are not accepted).
  2. (Must include general biology, microbiology or bacteriology, and immunology; Biological Sciences (CIBI) are not accepted as part of the biology credits).
  3. (Quantitative Chemistry is not accepted).
  4. (Biochemistry o Cellular Biology recommended).

For specific course accepted within each area, please contact the program.

Course Descriptions

(Please click here to access the Medical Sciences Campus Catalog and look for the Course Descriptions for this Program)

Informative Sheet

(Please click here to download the Informative Sheet of the Program in PDF format)

(Please click here to download the Promotional Flyer of the Program)

(Please click here to download the Essential Functions Document of the Program)

Specific Program Information

(Please click here to download the MT Student Manual in PDF format)

(Please click here to download MT General Information Brochure in PDF format)

Graduation Requirements

In order for students to be recommended for the Bachelor of Science in Medical Technology, they must:

  1. Satisfactorily complete (with C or above) all didactic and clinical practice courses (54 credits).
  2. Obtain a general grade point average of 2.00 or higher in the 154 credits.
  3. Demonstrate the conduct and attitudes required in the performance of the profession.

In order for students to be recommended for the Post-Bachelor Certificate in Science in Medical Technology, they must satisfactorily complete (with C or above) all didactic and clinical courses in a three year period and:

  1. Obtain a general grade point average of 2.00 or higher in the 54 professional credits.
  2. Demonstrate the conduct and attitudes required in the performance of the profession.

Deadline to submit Application

Bachelor Degree: Registrar’ office transfer deadline
Post-Bachelor Certificate: 31 of each year

Program Faculty

Ruth Rosario, MS, MT (ASCP)
Professor- Director and Course Coordinator

Wilma J. Lopez, EdM, MS, MT (ASCP) CMSM
Professor- and Course Coordinator

Migdalia Martinez, Ed.D., MT (ASCP)
Professor- Clinical Practice Coordinator and Course Coordinator

Jorge Rodríguez, PhD, MT (ASCP)
Associate Professor -Laboratory Coordinator and Course Coordinator

Elinette Albino, PhD, MT (ASCP)
Assistant Professor -Academic Coordinator and Course Coordinator

Edna Aquino, PhD, MT(ASCP)
Professor – Course Coordinator

Ana Espino, PhD
Professor – Course Coordinator

Advisory Committee

Ricardo Santiago, MS, MT(ASCP)

Soed de Pedro, MS MT(ASCP)

Carmen L. Burgos, MS, MT(ASCP)

Edna Aquino, PhD. MT(ASCP)

Program Outcomes

For the most recent three-year period (2016-2019) the program:

  1. Has successfully graduated admitted students. The institutional graduation rates for the last three years are 92 %.
  2. Over 85% of our graduates have passed the certification examination of the agency for the certification of medical technologists, American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP), at the first attempt. The compared average obtained by our graduates in this certification exam is consistently higher than average obtained for all program graduates in United States.
  3. The retention rates are 93 % and the attrition rate for the last three years is 6.6%.
  4. Program NAACLS Benchmarks are listed in MT Outcomes Measures attached.

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Curriculum

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Teach-Out Plan

Is the case that Medical Technology Program unexpectedly had to closes due to natural or unnatural disasters or permanent closure the prospective and enrolled students must be notified.  Intentional closure of the program will be communicated to all students immediately in the Program website. In case of disaster the university will inform students of a plan for continuation of their education as soon as that information is available. NAACLS will be notified and a teach out plan will be provided to them within 30 days of the official announcement of program closure.

Enrolled students will be informed of program closure. In the event of a mandated permanent closure currently enrolled students will be allowed to complete program. The Program director will be designated to clear students applying for the certification exam.

Prospective students will be informed that the program will not take a new cohort due to program closure. Students will be counseled in applying to other local programs. All Program closure information will be posted on the Program website.

Registration Costs

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Physical Address

Medical Center Complex
Monacillo Area, Río Piedras, Puerto Rico
School of Health Professions Main Building, 7th Floor, Office #700

Postal Address

Programa de Tecnologia Medica
Escuela de Profesiones de la Salud
PO Box 365067
San Juan, PR 00936-5067

Telephones

Director – (787) 758-2525 Ext. 7040
Administrative Assistant – (787) 758-2525, Ext. 2106