Distance Learning Q & A
Q: What is the Medical Technology Distance option?
A: The distance learning option is another way to earn a Bachelor’s Degree in Medical Technology. The option combines on-campus instruction and online participation from home, and reduces travel time for students.
During the two-year Medical Technology program, students in the distance learning option will spend about two-thirds of their time on Upstate’s Syracuse campus and one-third of the time participating in real-time videoconferences from home. Some required clinical rotations are in Syracuse.
The content is the same for the distance learning students, and the education format is approved by the NYS Department of Education and registered as a licensure qualifying program.
Q: Is this an online program where I can finish modules at my own pace and watch lectures any time I want?
A: No. All lectures are in real time, and you are expected to “attend” at the time the class is held. This allows you to participate in real time with your classmates and professors.
Q: How is the program structured?
A: We’re an upper-division transfer school. Students come to Upstate after their first two years of college or after they accumulate 60 credits, including prerequisites.
The Medical Technology program starts in the fall semester and takes 2 years (5 consecutive semesters). The program is full-time, Monday through Friday, and leads to a Bachelor of Science degree.
Q: How often do I go to the Syracuse campus?
- Junior Year: One day per week.
- Junior Year Summer: Ten weeks.
- Senior Year: 16 weeks (4 days/week) out of 30 weeks.
Q: What kind of computer access and equipment do I need?
- A computer with broadband access.
- Headphones with a microphone to interact with teachers and fellow students. (The microphone is needed to reduce background noise.)
Q: Does it take any longer to graduate if I opt for Distance Learning?
A: Not as long as you keep pace with your classes. Students in the distance learning option progress at the same pace as the on-campus program.
Q: The Medical Technology program is for Junior and Senior years of college. Where do I go for Freshman and Sophomore years?
A: Attend any accredited college for two years or accumulate 60 credits – including the required courses. Many of our students transfer here with an associate’s degree from a community college.
Q: Can I take any of my prerequisite courses online?
Q: How do I apply?
A: All students apply online at www.upstate.edu/prospective.
Q: Is the Distance Learning option accredited?
A: Yes, the distance education format is approved by the New York State Department of Education and is registered as a licensure-qualifying program.
Q: What about national accreditation for the entire program?
A: Upstate’s Clinical Laboratory Sciences programs (Medical Technology and Medical Biotechnology) are accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences, 5600 N. River Rd. Suite 720, Rosemont, IL 60018-5119.
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