For Current Medical Technology Students

  • Advising Information
    Announcements and News
    Contact Information
    Office Hours
    Resources and Information

    Student Information Handbook

    Announcements and News

    Make a commitment to academic success this semester and set a goal to make the Dean’s List! To achieve this status, you must earn at least a 3.25 GPA for the semester. Check the Department of Developmental Studies website for the fall schedule of tutorials, supplemental instruction sessions, and workshops designed to help students prepare, advance, and excel.

    Contact Information

    Dr. Joyce Shanty
    Professor
    Allied Health Coordinator
    Johnson Hall, Room 243
    1010 Oakland Avenue
    Indiana, PA 15705-1063
    Telephone: 724-357-7647
    Fax: 724-357-3267
    Email: Joyce.Shanty@iup.edu

    Ms. Sherry Kelly
    Allied Health Secretary
    Johnson Hall, Room 244
    1010 Oakland Avenue
    Indiana, PA 15705-1063
    Telephone: 724-357-7647
    Fax: 724-357-3267
    Email: skelly@iup.edu

    Allied Health Coordinator Office Hours for the Fall 2019 Semester

    Tuesday: 8:00–10:30 a.m.
    Wedsnesday: 8:30–10:00 a.m. 
    Thursday: 9:30–10:30 a.m.
    Appointments are appreciated.

    Allied Health Department Office Hours

    Monday through Friday
    8:00 a.m.–Noon
    1:00–4:30 p.m.

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    Advising Information

    Your Advisor

    The allied health coordinator is the academic advisor for all medical technology students.

    Registration

    Registration for the winter session and spring semesters begins in mid-October. Registration for fall semester and summer sessions begins in mid-March. Schedules are available through MyIUP and are typically posted several weeks before the registration period begins.

    Medical technology students receive early registration times each semester and are encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity to get the best schedule possible. Students must schedule an appointment to meet with the allied health coordinator each semester to discuss academic progress and plans for the next semesters. At that meeting, students will receive their alternate Personal Identification Number (PIN) needed to access the registration system. Students may view the date and time when they can begin to register by logging in to MyIUP. Sign-up times for advising appointments are posted in mid-February and mid-September, and advisees are notified by e-mail when advising appointments begin.

    Email

    While students are in their clinical year, advising information is typically shared by e-mail and regular mail.

    Students are expected to check their IUP e-mail frequently and use their IUP e-mail address when sending e-mail to anyone in the IUP community. Important and helpful information is sent to students from the coordinator, secretary, registrar, and others. Assistance with the use of the IUP e-mail system and other technology support is available at the IT Support Center.

    Resources and Information

    MyIUP

    MyIUP provides links to a wide variety of information and resources, including the academic calendar, schedules, financial aid and billing, grades, how to calculate a grade point average (GPA), and details about graduation. A link to Writing Intensive courses is also available on MyIUP.

    Academic Support

    Tips for success

    • Get organized: Keep a detailed calendar with assignment due dates, exams, and other important dates. Block off study time and prepare for exams and assignments in advance.
    • Make academic success a priority: Do your work first and there will be plenty of time to get involved in campus, community, and social activities.
    • Seek Help to Succeed and Excel: IUP offers outstanding academic support services that help students be successful in their classes. Meet with your professors during their office hours and take advantage of workshops, supplemental instruction, tutors, and the Writing Center.

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    Coursework at Another College or University

    Many students plan to take courses during the summer at other colleges or universities. This excellent strategy allows students to take a lighter course load during the academic year, pursue a special area of interest, or stay on track for the clinical year. Students interested in registering for courses at other colleges or universities should follow the steps listed below:

    If you are currently an IUP student and want to take a class at another accredited college or university, follow the steps below to apply for pre-approval to transfer your credits.

    (If you are not a current IUP student and would like to know how courses from your current school will transfer, please see our Online Transfer Credit Equivalency System.)

    How Does Transfer Credit Affect My IUP Transcript?

    • Only credits earned—not grades—transfer to IUP.

      • In order for course credits to transfer, you must earn a C- (C minus) or higher in those courses.
      • Transfer coursework does not affect your IUP grade point average. Only credits earned transfer to IUP.

    Limitations

    • Students will not receive transfer credit for an IUP course in which a D grade at IUP was earned.
    • No more than 60 credits from a two-year school can be used to fulfill graduation requirements.
    • At least 45 credits must be earned at IUP to receive an IUP degree.
      • Fifteen of these credits must be in your major.
      • The final 30 credits must be earned in residence unless the requirement is waived by your college dean.

    How Do I Request Pre-Approval for Coursework I Want to Take at Another College or University?

    1. Visit the Online Transfer Credit Equivalency System and determine which classes from the outside institution may transfer to IUP.
    2. Discuss your coursework plans with your academic advisor.
    3. Complete the electronic Application for Pre-Approval of Coursework.
      • Please be aware that any incomplete or missing information may cause the form to be rejected, and you will need to complete and submit a new form.

    Application Routing Procedures

    1. After you submit your Application for Pre-Approval, the form will then be routed electronically for approvals including: IUP’s Transfer Services office, your department chairperson, and an assistant dean for your college.
    2. You will receive notification from transfer-credit@iup.edu about coursework approval once signatures have been completed.
    3. If additional information is required, you will receive email notification.

    You can log in to iforms at any time to view the status of your application review. For more information about how iforms works, visit About iforms.

    Final Steps

    Once you are finished with your course(s), please have the school you attended send an official transcript to IUP, so we can process your credit. You have two transcript submission options:

    If you plan to complete BIOL 150 Human Anatomy and/or BIOL 240 Human Physiology at another college or university you must be certain the courses are equivalent to the IUP courses. May colleges and universities offer theses courses as Anatomy and Physiology I and II. If so, you must complete both I and II at that college or university to have the courses posted to your IUP transcript as BIOL 150 and BIOL 240.

    Learn More About Medical Technology

    Program directors at the affiliating schools of medical technology/clinical laboratory science encourage students to learn about the field. Consider the following actions that will help you become acquainted with the profession and strengthen your admission interview:

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    Application Process for Admission to a School of Medical Technology

    Plan to meet with the allied health coordinator during the spring semester of the year preceding placement at a school of clinical laboratory science to review the application process.

    IUP currently has established affiliating agreements with the following accredited Schools of Medical Technology/Clinical Laboratory Science:

    UPMC Altoona Regional Health System
    620 Howard Avenue
    Altoona, PA 16601-4899
    814-889-2835

    Memorial Medical Center
    1086 Franklin Street
    Johnstown, PA 15905
    814-534-5578

    Pennsylvania General College of Health Sciences
    410 North Lime
    Lancaster, PA 17602
    717-947-6000, Ext. 47208

    Reading Hospital and Medical Center
    School of Clinical Laboratory Science
    K Building, Room 3922
    P.O. Box 16052
    Reading, PA 19612
    484-628-0555

    St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children
    160 East Erie Avenue
    Philadelphia, PA 19134
    215-427-5306

    St. Vincent Health Center/Allegheny Health Network
    232 West 25th Street
    Erie, PA 16544
    814-452-5365

    UPMC Chautauqua WCA Hospital
    PO Box 840
    207 Foote Avenue
    Jamestown, NY 14702-0840
    716-664-8484

    Wellspan York Hospital
    1001 S. George Street
    York, PA 17405-7198
    717-851-2473

    UPMC Susquehanna Health
    777 Rural Avenue
    Williamsport, PA  17701
    570-321-2367

    Note: A temporary affiliation contract may be established to accommodate a student’s interest in attending an accredited school that is currently not an IUP affiliate. NAACLS provides a full listing of accredited programs. Arrangements for a temporary affiliation must be made well in advance of the start date for the clinical year. For further details, contact the allied health coordinator.

    To be competitive for selection by a School of Medical Technology, students are expected to earn a minimum overall grade point average of 2.8 and a minimum grade point average of 2.8 in required math and science courses. Offers for clinical site placement are competitive and not guaranteed by IUP.

    Each School of Medical Technology also has a policy for determining academic good standing in the clinical year courses. Details about academic policies are available from the Schools of Medical Technology.

    All pre-clinical courses required by IUP must be completed before progressing to the certificate year.

    Each School of Medical Technology provides prospective students with application packets and handbooks specifying additional requirements for clinical placement. Typically, these requirements include

    • Personal interview
    • Letters of recommendation
    • Official transcripts
    • CPR certification
    • Criminal Record clearance
    • Health screening that may include a physical examination, lab work, and urine drug screens
    • Health insurance
    • Professional liability insurance
    • Uniforms and/or lab coats

    Details about these and other requirements and associated fees are available from the department office and the Schools of Medical Technology.

    Tuition, Fees, and Financial Aid

    During the clinical year, students pay tuition and fees directly to a School of Medical Technology. Costs vary among the affiliating schools. During the clinical year, IUP bills the student each semester a nominal registration fee.

    Students may apply for financial aid during the clinical year through the IUP Office of Financial Aid. Amounts of financial aid awards will vary depending on several factors, including the amount of tuition and fees charged by the affiliating School of Medical Technology.

    Timeline for Clinical Placement

    The application for clinical placement typically begins more than one full year prior to the start of the clinical year. Students meet with the allied health coordinator during the spring semester of their sophomore year and receive guidelines and instructions for the application process. It is highly recommended that applications be completed and submitted to Schools of Medical Technology no later than mid-semester of the junior year.

    Each affiliating school of medical technology selects its own start date, which typically ranges from early July to late August.

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    Information for Students in Their Clinical Year

    Important Things to Remember

    • Students pay an administrative fee and a registration fee per semester to IUP. All other fees are paid directly to the clinical site. All financial aid forms should indicate IUP as your school or institution. Do not indicate your clinical location.
    • Students can apply for summer financial aid only once during this 12-month clinical experience—either the summer at the beginning of the clinical experience or the summer at the completion of the clinical experience. The date your clinical experience begins and ends usually determines which summer is appropriate for financial aid application.
    • After successful completion of the clinical phase of the program, 30 credits will transfer from the clinical site and be posted to your IUP transcript.  

    Minor information

    Information and the appropriate applications to apply for minors in chemistry and/or biology are forwarded to you for completion in March or April of your clinical year experience.

    Graduation

    Medical technology students graduate from IUP in August of the year their clinical experience is completed. The graduation application may be completed online. Applications for August graduates are due by April 1 of the graduation year. Students must apply for graduation regardless of their plans to participate in the IUP Commencement ceremony.

    Students will be invited to participate in the university’s Commencement ceremony scheduled in December of their graduation year. Students have an option to attend the university’s May Commencement ceremony. Details about Commencement may be found at the Commencement website. Regardless of which ceremony is attended, students will officially be August IUP graduates.

    Board of Registry

    Students are able to take the Board of Registry examination immediately upon completion of all academic coursework and the clinical year. Scores are available from the Board of Registry within a few days of the examination date. Students who elect to take the test before the August transcript is available may have to wait for their scores until a final transcript with date of graduation can be submitted. 

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