The first official record made public concerning the program was published in the
Journal of the American Medical Association in 1938 (Vol. 110, March 26). The program
was housed in the local community hospital, known as University Hospital, with Dr. Edgar R. Pund serving as Program Director. Typical of medical technology programs at that time,
the Bachelor of Science degree was required for acceptance into the twelve month program.
Three graduates completed the program in 1938 and were awarded certificates of proficiency.
During the following seventeen years, 38 certificates were awarded.
A new curriculum was developed involving three years of student preparation at the
University of Georgia, followed by 52 weeks of clinical laboratory training (3 + 1
program). The training occurred at the newly constructed Talmadge Memorial Hospital,
the health care component of the Georgia Health Sciences University. Upon successful
completion of this curriculum, the student was awarded the Bachelor of Science degree
in Medical Technology by the University of Georgia.
The faculty mentor for the program was Dr. Walter L. Shepeard, Professor of Pathology and Director of the Hospital Clinical Laboratories, beginning
in 1948 and continuing until 1971 when he retired from the Georgia Health Sciences
University. In his honor, achievement awards are made annually for outstanding graduates
in medical technology and pathology. In 1987, the building housing the medical technology
classrooms and laboratories was named in his honor.
38 students received the University of Georgia degree.
Program graduates were granted the option of receiving the degree from the University
of Georgia or the Medical College of Georgia. Thereafter, an integrated 2 + 2 program
was initiated wherein students were accepted following two years of collegiate preparation
with stated requirements and then admission to the seven quarters in the Medical College
of Georgia program.
In January 1968, with the approval of the Board of Regents to establish the School
of Allied Health Sciences, program activities were grouped in the Department of Medical
Technology, with Dr. Shepeard as Chairman.
Dr. Armand B. Glassman, Associate Professor of Pathology and Director of the Clinical Pathology Laboratories,
was named Department Chairman. Under his leadership, the Master of Health Education
(MHE) degree program was initiated, and the first graduate degrees were awarded in
1976. In July 1976, Dr. Glassman resigned and Ms. Ann S. Anderson was appointed as Chairman. In March 1979, Dr. C. Robert Baisden assumed the position of Medical Director of the program in addition to his role as
Director of the Clinical Pathology Laboratories.
1988 ... 1989
The the new 4 + 1 program was begun, allowing students with a bachelor's in biology
or chemistry to complete the medical technology program in one year.
Ms. Anderson retired as chairman in 1989 and was succeeded byDr. Julia Crowley.
The Master of Science program was begun in 1993 and the department accepted its first
MS student in the fall of 1993. Also in 1993, the Department of Medical Technology
was awarded a $281,560 Allied Health Project Grant from the Department of Health and
Human Services for the development of a pilot external degree medical technology program.
In spring of 1995 , the first distance students received their B.S. degrees from the Medical College
of Georgia. Seven students from the northwest area of Georgia were able to graduate
from the medical technology program by receiving their instruction from the Medical
College via the two-way interactive audio and video system of GSAMS (Georgia Statewide
Academic and Medical System).
In winter of 2000 an Internet based BS program was approved for certified MLT/CLT.
In December, Dr. Julia Crowley retired and Dr. Elizabeth Kenimer Leibach was appointed as Chairman in April of 2001. In 2001 the Department of Medical Technology
was awarded $272,000 from the University System of Georgia Office of Economic Development
Intellectual Capital Partnership Program (ICAPP). This grant funded the development
an implementation of the internet 2+2 program and the expansion of the internet MLT-MT
The first students were enrolled in the internet 2+2 program and graduated in 2004.
The second class to enroll in the internet 2+2 program included students located in
Georgia, Oregon, Washington State and Missouri and graduated in 2005.
A satellite educational center was instituted at Gwinnett University Center in 2003. This center provided clinical laboratory science laboratories for the internet students
based in the Atlanta area.
The Board of Regents merged the Department of Medical Technology and the Department
of Radiologic Sciences to form the Department of Biomedical and Radiological Technologies,
March 1, 2004. Dr. Elizabeth Kenimer-Leibach was appointed as the department chair while also serving as the Program Chair for
Dr. Barbara Russell became Program Director and in 2006 the program moved into a new interdisciplinary
state-of-the-art 189,900 sq.ft Health Sciences Building. The building was featured
in the August 2007 Healthcare Design magazine.
The University System of Georgia approved the Master of Health Science degree in Clinical
Laboratory Science. This degree is offered to students who already have a bachelors
degree in a related science and who want to pursue a degree in clinical laboratory
science. The baccalaureate degree was also updated to meet the needs of the current
workforce demands as well as a revision of the Master of Science degree in Allied
Health with a concentration in Clinical Laboratory Science.
As a result of the receipt of an Intellectual Capital Partnership Program (ICAPP)
grant through the Office of Economic Development in the University System of Georgia,
the department placed a state-of-the-art mobile laboratory on the premises of Gwinnett
Medical Center in Lawrenceville, GA. The laboratory was custom built by Farber Specialty
Vehicles (Columbus, OH). Each year, up to eight students have been accepted for a
hybrid program in which they learn manual skills under the supervision of an on-site
faculty and participate in lecture courses online.
The department changed the name from Biomedical and Radiological Technologies to the
Department of Medical Laboratory, Imaging and Radiologic Sciences.