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Emily Wahrendorf

"I love medicine, but I prefer to be behind the scenes of patient care. I like the testing in the lab. You have to know so much and relate it to the patient. Lab people are methodical and process-oriented. I want to be involved, doing the lab work that's significant to the treatment of patients."
— Emily Wahrendorf

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Prerequisites: Medical Technology, BS

SUNY Upstate is an upper-division transfer college specializing in health care careers. Students applying to our bachelors programs take the prerequisite courses (minimum 60 semester hours) at another college and then complete their junior and senior years of the bachelors degree at Upstate for their program of study.

Bachelor of Science (BS)

Requires a minimum of 60 semester hours including:

General Biology I with lab 4
Anatomy & Physiology I* with lab 4
General Biology II with lab -OR- Anatomy & Physiology II with lab 4
Microbiology with lab 4
General Chemistry I with lab 4
General Chemistry II with lab 4
Organic Chemistry with lab** 3-4
College Algebra or Pre-Calculus or Calculus 3
Statistics 3
English Composition 3
English Elective 3
Psychology 3
Social Science elective 3

Liberal Arts or Professional Electives

(Only 4 Credits can be Professional Electives)

Examples of Liberal Arts & Professional Electives Total= 60

* Or Physiology with Anatomy content.
** All science requirements must be courses for science majors and include laboratories with the exception of Organic Chemistry where the laboratory is recommended, but not required.

Medical Technology requires 16 semester hours of biology and 12 semester hours of chemistry.  If your biology or chemistry prerequisites are less than 4 semester hours per course, you will need to take additional credits within that discipline to make up the credit.

Minimum grade for transfer is a "C."

A course equivalency guide for the College of Health Professions prerequisites is available online.  Please note that applicants are not required to attend any of the colleges listed on the guide.  Prospective students with questions about prerequisites should e-mail Student Admissions at admissfa@upstate.edu.

Applicants who plan to apply to medical school should complete one year of physics.

Medical Technology is a fall entry program.  Applications open September 1 and admission is on a rolling basis until the program fills.  Information about applying to the Medical Technology (BS) program.

Master of Science (MS)

The Medical Technology (MS) degree provides students with the opportunity for professional advancement through acquisition of expanded knowledge and skills in one of three major areas of specialization: 1) Chemistry, 2) Hematology, or 3) Microbiology.  Completion of the Medical Technology masters degree does not make graduates eligible to sit for the NYS Medical Technology license.  Prospective students with a bachelors in a field other that Medical Technology, who want to be eligible to sit for the NYS Medical Technology license should pursue the Medical Technology bachelors degree. 


Medical Technology is a fall entry program. Applications open September 1 and admission is on a rolling basis. For information about applying to the Medical Technology (MS) program.