Biomedical Science C-206
1960 East-West Road
Honolulu, HI 96822
Tel: (808) 956-8557
Fax: (808) 956-5506
P. L. Taylor, MS (Chair)-medical technology
N. N. Ebisu, BS-medical technology
K. K. Hamamoto, BS-medical technology
K. K. Morton, BS-medical technology
D. Y. Teshima, MPH-medical technology
*A. G. Theriault, PhD-clinical chemistry
Degree Offered: BS in medical technology
The Academic Program
Medical technology (MEDT) is a health-care profession in which medical technologists (clinical laboratory scientists) perform laboratory procedures used for the promotion of health and the diagnosis, monitoring, and treatment of diseases. Technical skills needed to carry out the tasks include microscopy, venipuncture, manipulation of various labware, and operation of automated instruments. Results of these procedures are essential to the delivery of quality health care. The field is broad and involves several disciplines: chemistry, hematology, immunohematology (blood banking), immunology, and microbiology.
Medical technology is a constantly evolving profession. The continued development of the health-care industry and the emergence of other career opportunities have sustained the demand for clinical laboratory scientists. Employment opportunities exist in hospitals, clinics, physician's offices, reference laboratories, DNA labs, research, education, forensic medicine, industry, consulting, sales, marketing, veterinary medicine, and many more areas.
Courses listed in the first two years of the curriculum are required before admission to the medical technology program. Clinical laboratory scientists perform various procedures which directly impact patient care, so it is important that all applicants be able to perform certain essential functions (technical standards). With appropriate accommodations, if needed, everyone must be able to perform the activities listed below. Additional professional skills are taught in classes after admission.
- Manipulate labware to transfer or prepare reagents and samples (e.g., pipet, charge hemocytometer, prepare blood smear)
- Operate simple instruments according to instructions (e.g., cell counter, centrifuge, spectrophotometer)
- Perform microscopic examinations on various specimens and report the results (e.g., leukocyte differential count, cell morphology, urinary sediments)
- Follow written or verbal directions to perform laboratory tests and report results
Applicants are assessed through performance in MEDT and other courses, an interview, an essay, and personal evaluations. Academic record, interests and aptitude, communication skills, scientific orientation, and personal traits are also considered.
Medical technology majors are required to have professional liability insurance, which costs about $40 per year. In addition, students may incur expenses for vaccinations. Safety equipment such as lab coats, gloves, and masks are provided at no charge.
Students are encouraged to see a medical technology adviser as soon as possible and prior to each registration period. Appointments can be made by contacting the division office.
Clinical training follows graduation and takes place in an affiliated clinical facility. Some clinical affiliates may require students to be U. S. citizens. A limited number of positions are available in Hawai'i. An alternate route is to apply to a clinical training program on the continental United States.
Accreditation and Affiliations
The program is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences.
Clinical affiliations are with the Blood Bank of Hawai'i, Hawai'i State Department of Health, Diagnostic Laboratory Services/Accupath, Hilo Medical Center, Kaiser Permanente Medical Center, St. Francis Medical Center, Tripler Army Medical Center, Castle Medical Center, Clinical Laboratories of Hawai'i, Kapi'olani Medical Center, Kaua'i Veterans Memorial Hospital, Kona Community Hospital, Kuakini Medical Center, Maui Memorial Hospital, Straub Clinic and Hospital, Tri-City Medical Center, University Health Services, Wahiawa General Hospital, Wai'anae Coast Comprehensive Health Center, and Wilcox Memorial Hospital.
Certification and Licensure
After clinical training, students are eligible to take a national certification exam. In Hawai'i, state licensure is also required.
- Complete the degree requirements that satisfy the University's General Education Core requirements and program requirements
- Earn a minimum of 128 credit hours
- Earn a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0
- Submit by the specified deadline an application for graduation to the Cashier's Office during the semester preceding the awarding of the degree
Curriculum for Medical Technology
- CHEM 161/161L (3/1)
- BIOL 171/171L (3/1)
- ENG 100 (3)
- +MEDT 151 (2)
- CHEM 162/162L (3/1)
- PHYS 151/151L (3/1)
- HIST 151 (3)
- MATH 241 (4)
- CHEM 272/272L (3/1)
- +MEDT 251 (2)
- PHYS 152/152L (3/1)
- HIST 152 (3)
- CHEM 274/274L (3/2)
- MICR 351/351L (3/2)
- SP 151 (3) or SP 251 (3)
- PHYL 301 (4)
- BIOC 441 (4)
- +MEDT 301 (3)
- PHYL 302 (4)
- +MEDT 471 (4)
- +MEDT 302 (3)
- +MEDT 431 (3)
- +MEDT 331 (1)
- +MEDT 451 (3)
- +MEDT 457/457L (3/2)
- +MICR 461/461L (3/2)
- +MEDT 464 (3)
- +MEDT 458/458L (3/2)
- +MICR 463/463L (3/2)
Postgraduate Clinical Training
+Note: Grade of C or equivalent is required for courses highlighted with a dagger (+).