School of Medical Technology
Complete application documents and send to:
Carol Repko, MEd, MT(ASCP) SH
Ana Vicente, MHA, MT(ASCP)
School of Medical Technology
24 Hospital Avenue
Danbury, CT 06810
Please have official copy of academic transcript(s) mailed directly from college. Upon receipt and review of complete application, transcripts, and references, you will be contacted about scheduling a personal interview.
The Danbury Hospital School of Medical Technology does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, disability, or sexual preference in admission or access to, or treatment or employment in, its programs or activities.
The admission into this program is on a competitive basis. Complete applications must be received no later than December 1st. Meeting the following minimum criteria or being admitted into one of our affiliates does not guarantee admission into the program.
- (a) Enrollment and good academic standing in a baccalaureate program in Medical Technology at a college or university affiliated with Danbury Hospital that will grant a bachelor's degree in Medical Technology upon successful completion of the internship year at Danbury Hospital, OR;
(b) An earned bachelor's degree in Medical Technology, Biology or Chemistry from an accredited college or university.
- Completion of all prerequisite courses for the Medical Technology major as established by the affiliated college or university and by NAACLS with not less than 90 semester hours including:
- 16 semester hours of chemistry (including biochemistry or organic chemistry)
- 16 semester hours of biology (including anatomy & physiology and microbiology)
- 3 semester hours of immunology
- 3 semester hours of statistics or biostatistics
- A science/math grade point average of at least 2.50 is required for consideration.
- An application, a one page essay, official transcripts from all colleges attended and three recommendations (two from science instructors, one from an employer) must be received no later than December 1st.
- All transcripts from colleges or universities outside the United States must be evaluated for U.S. equivalency by a recognized transcript evaluation agency (at the applicant's expense)
- Qualified candidates will be selected and invited for a personal interview (usually in late December/early January).
- Candidates are expected to meet certain Essential Functions in order to be accepted into the program. All applicants must submit a signed acknowledgement of acceptance of the Essential Functions
- Non-US applicants must have a valid green card to be eligible to attend the Danbury Hospital School of Medical Technology and must include a copy of their green card with the application.
- Graduates (US and Foreign) who have completed college prerequisites seven or more years ago are required to complete current credit-bearing courses in Microbiology, Immunology and Biochemistry, Organic Chemistry) prior to acceptance into the program and must achieve a science/math GPA of 2.75 with no grade lower than a 2.0.
- A successful completion of a physical examination (at no charge) and a background check (at no charge) are needed for final acceptance into this program.
Essential functions, as distinguished from academic standards, refer to those physical, cognitive, and behavioral abilities required for satisfactory completion of all aspects of the curriculum, as well as the development of professional attributes required by the program officials and clinical faculty of all students upon graduation. These essential functions are in the following areas:
- Intellectual (conceptual, integrative, and quantitative abilities for problem-solving)
- Behavioral and professional aspects of the performance of a clinical laboratory scientist
The essential functions consist of minimal physical, cognitive, and emotional requirements to provide reasonable assurance that students can complete the entire course of study and participate fully in all aspects of clinical training.
The School of Medical Technology is committed to the principle of equal opportunity and opposed to discrimination of any form; however, it is important to recognize that the affiliation agreements with colleges and universities bind the school to do everything reasonable to ensure that its graduates become fully competent practitioners. Acquisition of competence is a lengthy and complex process that will be compromised by significant limitations on the student's ability to participate fully in the spectrum of experiences provided in the clinical laboratory setting.
In general, the Clinical Laboratory Science student must have functional use of the somatic senses, responding to both external and internal stimuli, and of the senses of vision and hearing. The student must have adequate motor capabilities to negotiate situations in which the senses would be employed. The student must be able to integrate data and directions acquired via the senses.
Although some compensation for these deficiencies is available through technology, such compensation should not preclude the student's ability to act reasonably independent of others. The School is committed to the principle of equal opportunity and adheres to the Hospital’s nondiscriminatory policies. When requested, the School will provide reasonable accommodation to otherwise qualified students with disabilities through the Hospital’s affirmative action program.
Essential Function Requirements
The following essential functions are identified as requirements that all students must meet to successfully complete the program and ensure entry-level competence and professional practice.
A. Observational Skills (use of visual, auditory and somatic senses)
The student must be able to:
- Directly observe laboratory demonstrations in which human blood and other body fluids are analyzed for their components.
- Characterize biological specimens, laboratory reagents, and laboratory test results by physical characteristics such as color, clarity, odor, and viscosity.
- Employ a clinical microscope to discriminate among fine structural and color differences (hue, intensity, and shading) of microscopic preparations.
- Read and comprehend text, numbers, and graphs displayed in print and on video display monitors.
B. Motor Function Skills (physical motor skills, tasks or responses)
The student must be able to:
- Move freely and safely about the clinical laboratories.
- Reach laboratory bench tops, shelves, patients lying on hospital beds, or seated in specimen collection chairs.
- Perform moderately taxing, continuous physical work, often requiring prolonged sitting or standing over several hours.
- Maneuver equipment required to safely collect laboratory specimens.
- Operate laboratory equipment (i.e., pipettes and other laboratory glassware, inoculating loops, microscopes, centrifuges, instrumentation, etc.).
- Use an electronic keyboard to operate laboratory instruments, to calculate, record, evaluate, and transmit laboratory information, and to utilize word processing and other necessary computer functions.
C. Communication Skills (oral and written communication in Standard English language)
The student must be able to:
- Read and comprehend technical, educational, and professional materials, including laboratory policies and procedures, instructional manuals, technical manuals, textbooks, and other reference materials used in the laboratory.
- Follow verbal and written instructions in order to correctly and independently perform laboratory procedures.
- Instruct other healthcare providers regarding technical requirements for laboratory tests (e.g., specimen requirements, patient preparation, etc.).
- Effectively and sensitively communicate with patients regarding laboratory tests.
- Maintain strict confidentiality in communications with patients, physicians and other healthcare professionals regarding laboratory results or other patient information.
- Communicate effectively with faculty, staff, and other healthcare professionals both verbally and in writing.
- Independently prepare laboratory reports, papers, or other written assignments required in the program.
- Complete examinations provided in paper format, computer-assisted format, and laboratory practical format.
D. Intellectual Skills (conceptual, integrative, quantitative skills)
The student must be able to:
- Demonstrate the cognitive abilities necessary to master relevant content in the clinical laboratory courses at a level deemed appropriate by the faculty.
- Comprehend, analyze, integrate, and synthesize clinical information or data as it relates to laboratory tests and procedures.
- Accurately perform mathematical calculations or data extrapolations necessary to complete laboratory tests.
- Develop logical reasoning and decision-making skills appropriate to the practice of Clinical Laboratory Science.
- Exercise sufficient judgment to recognize and correct deviations in performance.
E. Behavioral/Social Skills (responsibility, integrity, professionalism)
The student must:
- Be able to manage the use of time and prioritize activities in order to complete professional and technical tasks within realistic constraints.
- Possess the emotional health necessary to effectively employ intellect and exercise appropriate judgment.
- Be able to provide professional and technical services while experiencing everyday workplace and environmental stresses present in the clinical laboratory (i.e., STAT orders, noise levels, complex visual stimuli).
- Be flexible and creative when adapting to technical and professional changes in the laboratory.
- Recognize potentially hazardous materials, equipment, and situations and proceed safely in order to minimize risk of injury to patients, self, and coworkers.
- Support and promote the activities of fellow students and of healthcare professionals to promote a team approach to learning, problem-solving and overall patient care.
- Be honest, compassionate, ethical, and responsible.
- Be forthright and forthcoming about errors or uncertainty.
- Be able to critically evaluate one's own performance, accept constructive criticism, and look for ways to improve performance.
Affiliated Institutions (3+1 Students)
The Danbury Hospital Medical Technology Program is affiliated with the following colleges and universities:
- Western Connecticut State University, Danbury, CT
- Mercy College, Dobbs Ferry, NY
- Mount Saint Mary College, Newburgh, NY
- SUNY Plattsburgh, Plattsburgh, NY
Students accepted from the affiliated universities complete their senior year at Danbury Hospital, earning up to 30 semester hours of upper-level science credits within the Medical Technology program based on the affiliated university's policy.
Before entering the program, 3+1 students must complete all other university graduation requirements qualifying them for a Bachelor's degree upon completion of the program at Danbury Hospital.
Non-Affiliated Institutions (4 + 1 Students)
Applicants that attended a non-affiliated college or university and wish to attend this program, are eligible to apply if they have completed a Bachelor's degree and or will have it completed before the start date for the program year in which they wish to enroll and have met the admission requirements.
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