MET Application Procedures


Medical Technologists, or Clinical Laboratory Scientists, analyze human blood, tissues, and bodily fluids, or supervise the performance of thousands of types of medical laboratory tests using a wide variety of precision instruments. They may also conduct research and develop scientific methods to advance the study of disease processes.

Per CDC: 70% of today’s medical decisions depend on laboratory test results, showing the important role of clinical laboratories in today’s healthcare system. 260,000 CLIA-certified laboratories across the country represent the cornerstone of diagnostic medicine today. 14 billion laboratory tests are ordered annually—safety, quality, and cost effectiveness in laboratory testing are required for effective diagnosis and treatment of disease.

Medical Technologists exercise independent judgment, correlate test results, and interpret test findings. Physicians depend on Medical Technologists to produce reliable and valid results which may be used in determine the presence, extent, and possible causes of disease.

About the Profession

The medical laboratory scientist is qualified by academic and applied science education to provide service and research in clinical laboratory science and related areas in rapidly changing and dynamic healthcare delivery systems. Medical laboratory scientists perform, develop, evaluate, correlate and assure accuracy and validity of laboratory information; direct and supervise clinical laboratory resources and operations; and collaborate in the diagnosis and treatment of patients. The medical laboratory scientist has diverse and multi‐level functions in the principles, methodologies and performance of assays; problem‐solving; troubleshooting techniques; interpretation and evaluation of clinical procedures and results; statistical approaches to data evaluation; principles and practices of quality assurance/quality improvement; and continuous assessment of laboratory services for all major areas practiced in the contemporary clinical laboratory.

Medical laboratory scientists possess the skills necessary for financial, operations, marketing, and human resource management of the clinical laboratory. Medical laboratory scientists practice independently and collaboratively, being responsible for their own actions, as defined by the profession. They have the requisite knowledge and skills to educate laboratory professionals, other health care professionals, and others in laboratory practice as well as the public.

The ability to relate to people, a capacity for calm and reasoned judgment and a demonstration of commitment to the patient are essential qualities. Communications skills extend to consultative interactions with members of the healthcare team, external relations, customer service and patient education. - NAACLS Standards

Employment prospects for MET

One of the fastest growing health fields in the past decade, employment prospects are expected to continue to be excellent in the coming decade. Our program has a nearly 100% success in job placement and in passing licensure exams. The majority of Medical Technologists find employment in hospital laboratories. Medical Technologists may specialize in several different areas, including clinical chemistry, blood banking, hematology, microbiology, immunology, urinalysis, and toxicology.

USF offers a BS degree in Medical Technology, which includes three years of study on campus and a fourth year of internship at one of three participating hospitals: Tampa General (Tampa), Bayfront Health (St. Petersburg), and St. Vincent's Medical Center (Jacksonville).


Before the Application Process

Acceptance into the hospital internships is competitive and is not guaranteed. Students who are not accepted are offered the option of completing an alternative degree program, including the B.S. Degree in Biomedical Sciences and applying to hospital internships independently. Talk to an advisor for more information.

Please see "Hospital Information" at the bottom of this page for additional information about each hospital.

International Students

If you are an International student attending USF on a student visa, you MUST be authorized to work in the United States in order to be eligible for the MET Internship. 

Once you arrive at USF, it is critical that you apply for a Social Security Number (usually obtained based on seeking on-campus employment). If you are admitted to the MET Internship and are not authorized to work in the US or have not obtained a Social Security Number, you may not be able to complete the MET Internship and degree.

MET Program Advisors
To know more about the academic side of the program, meet with the MET Program Advisors: Cristina Yelvington or Hillary Campbell
Click here to schedule an appointment.

MET Coordinator
Your major advisors will support you throughout your internship process. For any immediate questions, please reach out to chemadvise@usf.edu

All internship application information (documents & submission loactions) will be communicated through the listserv. If you are not on the listserv, please reach out! 


Application Deadlines

  Fall 2025 Applications Spring 2025 Applications
Preliminary Graduation Check & Letter of Evaluation Waiver Paperwork: Friday,              November 8th June 24th
Letters of Evaluation: Monday, December 2nd July 14th
Application Packet: Friday,            December 13th August 1st
Final Graduation Check:

Once Admitted, submit paperwork to request final graduation check. 

April-May 2025

Once Admitted, submit paperwork to request final graduation check. 

November-December 2024



  1.  Reach out to the MET Coordinator (your major advisors) at chemadvise@usf.edu, to be put on the listserv. All internship application information (documents & submission loactions) will be communicated through the listserv.
    • Below is paperwork that will be required to submit to the MET Coordinator. Make sure you are on the listserv to receive important details about the documents and specific submission locations.
  2. Submit the Preliminary Grad Check Paperwork.
    • See listerv updates for submission location.
  3. Submit the Waiver Paperwork for the Letters of Evaluation.
    • You have the choice to waive your rights to seeing the letters of evaluation.
    • See listserv updates for submission location.
  4. Evaluation Paperwork (Letters of Recommendation). Each hospital Program requires the following minimums and maximums for letters of recommendation:
    • 3 letters (minimum)
    • 5 letters (maximum)
    • 2 Science faculty as letter writers (minimum)
    • ALL evaluations must be sent by faculty back to the MET Coordinator to the designated submission location (see listserv updates to communicate this information to your letter writers).
  5. Submit Unofficial Transcripts (Application Packet).
    • See listerv updates for submission location.
    • Each hospital you are applying to requires a copy of your USF unofficial Transcripts along with your letters of evaluation to make up your Application Packet.
    • Once accepted to a clinical program, you must send that hospital your official USF transcripts and other institutions you have attended.
  6. Apply to the Hospitals.
  7. Submit the Final Grad Check Paperwork before the Internship.
    • See listserv updates for submission location.

Hospital Information

Tampa General Hospital