Biomedical Sciences: B.S. Biomedical Sciences
Medical Technology/Medical Laboratory Sciences Submajor

Clinical Training


The senior (professional) year for Medical Technology/Medical Laboratory Sciences consists of twelve months of education and practical training which is offered through the combined resources of the university and our clinical affiliates. The Summer Session consists of 10 weeks of classes at UWM. Practical training takes place at the clinical sites to which students are assigned. Lectures by faculty and staff will be given on campus Wednesday afternoons for Medical Technology/Medical Laboratory Sciences and Biomedical Sciences submajors. The average instructional time of the student is approximately 40 hours a week, including time spent on campus and practical work in the clinical site.


Admission Criteria

Entry into the professional course of study is competitive and dependent upon:

  1. Completion of UWM's General Education Requirements (GER)
  2. A cumulative UWM minimum grade point average of 2.500
  3. A cumulative minimum grade point average of 2.500 in specific, required science courses
  4. Completion of all required courses and electives (86 credits) through the second semester of junior year.
  5. A grade of C or better in all junior level science courses.

PLEASE NOTE: The Program will attempt to place all students who meet the above criteria, but can not guarantee that every student will be placed in a clinical rotation. The number of students placed in clinical rotations depends on the number of clinical positions available. Students with the highest science GPA's will be given first priority. Students will be contacted regarding their eligibility for clinical placement prior to the start of the spring semester of the junior year.

In the event that more clinical positions are available than students requesting placement, a student with a GPA between 2.0 & 2.5 may be conditionally accepted for a clinical rotation. Each student will be reviewed on an individual basis and must have approval from the BMS faculty and the Clinical Education Coordinator(s).

Application Process

Students must complete the following steps in the application process:

  1. Complete the Medical Technology application form and return it to the Biomedical Sciences department office (Enderis Hall, Room 411) by December 1.
  2. Submit an autobiography along with your application form describing yourself, your accomplishments, any work experience including health care, why you have chosen the Biomedical Sciences as your profession, and your future goals. It should be one page, double-spaced on 8.5 x 11 paper.

Review Of Applicants

The College of Health Sciences Student Affairs Office and the BMS Undergraduate Program Director will review all application files in January to verify that all the admission criteria have been satisfied and the files are complete. Letters of acceptance or rejection will be sent to all applicants prior to Semester II.

Tours of Clinical Affiliate Sites

Tours of all the clinical affiliate sites will be scheduled in February or March.

Interviews with Clinical Education Coordinators

Some of the Clinical Education Coordinators will conduct interviews at UWM with the applicants in March & April.

Clinical Placements

Upon completion of the interviews, students will submit a list ranking all the clinical sites in order of preference. Each Clinical Coordinator will submit a list ranking students by preference. These lists will be submitted to the UWM BMS Undergraduate Program Director. Final decisions on assignments are made by BMS department. Clinical assignments will be posted at the start of the summer session. Clinical placements are subject to change up to the time that training begins. Eligibility is conditional in that the students must complete the required coursework and obtain a minimum grade of 2.0 in all of the BMS courses.

Student Handbook

Student Handbooks are provided for your reference during orientation at the professional clinical training site.

Important Information

Make an appointment in October with the College of Health Sciences Student Affairs Office (414) 229-2758 to review your transcripts and go through a degree audit to ensure that your academic records are in order.

A physical examination to assess health status is required prior to starting the professional clinical training. Health Status Assessment forms should be submitted to the BMS Program office, Enderis 411.

The clinical affiliate sites require students to have health insurance while in the clinical rotation.

Background checks are also required prior to starting the clinical training.

Limited employment during the Summer Session is recommended.

Rotation schedules, vacations, and other time off are matters which are decided individually by each clinical site. The University academic calendar does not apply.

Students are expected to register for classes at UWM in the usual fashion at the beginning of the Summer, Fall, and Spring semesters of the senior year. University fees will be charged.