A Profession with a Future

Laboratory Technology and Medical Technology

 

This curriculum, leading to a Bachelor of Science in Laboratory Technology or a Bachelor of Science in Medical Technology, is designed to prepare students for medical laboratory careers in fields such as public health, environmental testing, industry quality control, medical research, and forensic science.

What are the educational requirements?

Auburn University provides two options:

4 + 1 Option (MEDT)

4 year pre-MT curriculum with specified science courses

1 year MT curriculum at an Auburn University approved School of Medical Technology

B.S. in Medical Technology (MEDT)

4 + 1 Option (MEDT and LABT):

4 year curriculum in Laboratory Technology completed

B.S. in Laboratory Technology (LABT)

1 year MT curriculum at an Auburn University approved School of Medical Technology

B.S. in Medical Technology (MEDT)

For specified science courses see the course bulletin from the year your education at Auburn University commenced.

(View the 02-03 bulletin here: http://www.auburn.edu/student_info/bulletin_02-03/)

What is the 12 month MT curriculum at a School of Medical Technology?

It is a hospital laboratory or reference laboratory-based internship comprised of lectures and laboratory experience in the following areas:


Blood Banking (Immunohematology)

Clinical Chemistry

Toxicology

Management

Quality Control

Urinalysis/Body Fluids

Hematology/Coagulation

Immunology/Serology

Mycology

Microbiology

Parasitology


Actual patient specimens are used for instruction during the internship. A student learns how to perform the necessary quality control prior to testing, as well as how to perform the testing, and how to report results to physicians. Testing theory is discussed in lecture.

The 12 month MT curriculum is described as the Clinical Internship.

What are the admissions requirements for the Clinical Year?

These are general criteria. Requirements vary slightly from one school to another.

Degree status: Two options:

1.      Completion of the first 8 semesters of the MEDT curriculum

2.      Possession of B.S. including required science courses

Application: An application must be completed for each School of Medical Technology and returned by a specified deadline. The application required demographic information, education information, and a written statement concerning career choice.

Grade Point Average: To be competitive an applicant’s grade point average overall and in math and science courses should be 2.5-4.0.

References: Two to three references are required for admission. These help determine an applicant’s sense of responsibility, communication skills, dependability, work ethic, and ability to relate theory to practice.

Interview: An applicant’s personal characteristics are evaluated as to their motivation, integrity, compassion, dependability, communication skills, ability to work well with others, etc.

How does a Medical Technologist become certified?

Graduates of the Medical Technology program are qualified to take National Certification Examinations. There are two nationally recognized Certifying Agencies: The American Society of Clinical Pathologists (ASCP) and National Certifying Agency (NCA). New York, Tennessee, Pennsylvania, and California require state certifications.

What does it mean to be certified?

Possessing an ASCP or NCA certification demonstrates competence in all areas of the clinical laboratory. Proof of certification is required prior to employment.

What career opportunities exist in Medical Technology?

  1. Hospitals, Clinics, and Reference Laboratories

Staff (bench) Technologist

Supervisory Technologist

Manager

Educational Administrator – i.e. Program Director

Instrumentation Specialist

LIS (laboratory information system) Coordinator

Physicians Office Methods Consultant

Quality Specialist

Quality Improvement/Safety Coordinator

Special Projects Coordinator

  1. Universities

Education

Research

Research in association with a graduate degree

  1. Physicians Offices, Private Laboratories

  1. Pharmaceutical Companies

Pharmaceutical Representative (Drug Rep) to Physicians

Research

  1. Hospital Administration
  1. Overseas Opportunities

Oil Companies

Foreign Hospitals

Medical Missions

Peace Corps

  1. Further Education

Certified specialty in various Medical Technology disciplines

M.S. and PhD degrees in various scientific disciplines

M.A. and PhD degrees in education

Medical School

  1. Forensic Sciences

Law School

State Crime labs

  1. Biomedical Technology

The opportunities in Medical Technology are endless.

Last updated: 01/26/2010