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Medical Technology

Biomedical Sciences C-206
1960 East-West Road
Honolulu, HI 96822
Tel: (808) 956-8557
Fax: (808) 956-5457
Web: www.hawaii.edu/medtech/Medtech.html

Faculty

A. G. Theriault, PhD (Interim Chair)—clinical chemistry
N. N. Ebisu, BS—medical technology
K. K. Hamamoto, BS—medical technology
D. Y. Teshima, MPH—medical technology

Degree and Certificate Offered: BS in Medical Technology, Post-baccalaureate Certificate for Clinical Training

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, physician’s offices, reference labs, DNA labs, research, veterinary clinics, and other laboratory industries. Education and experience in medical technology (clinical laboratory science) also enables graduates to pursue careers as physicians, forensic scientists, researchers, educators, health administrators, consultants, and many more.

Admission Requirements

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.

Graduates of Kapi‘olani Community College’s Medical Laboratory Technician program, who have national certification as MLTs or CLTs, should consult an academic adviser regarding adjustments to the admission criteria and course waivers.

Other Requirements

Medical technology majors are required to have professional liability insurance, which costs about $40 per year. Also, immunization for Hepatitis B virus is highly recommended.

Advising

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

Clinical training at affiliated clinical facilities follows graduation. A certificate is awarded at the completion of this training. Positions at our affiliated sites are limited, but there are other accredited facilities in the continental U.S.

Accreditation and Affiliations

The program is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences, 8410 West Bryn Mawr Avenue, Suite 670, Chicago, IL, 60631-3415, phone (773) 714-8880, www.naacls.org.
Clinical affiliations are with the Blood Bank of Hawai‘i; Hawai‘i State Department of Health; Clinical Laboratories of Hawaii at Hilo Medical Center, Kapi‘olani Medical Center, Kona Community Hospital, Maui Memorial Hospital, St. Francis Medical Center (Liliha), St. Francis Medical Center (West), and Straub Clinic and Hospital; Diagnostic Laboratory Services; Kaiser Permanente Medical Center; Tripler Army Medical Center; Castle Medical Center; Kuakini Medical Center; University Health Services Manoa; and Wai‘anae Coast Comprehensive Health Center.

Certification and Licensure

After clinical training, students are eligible to take a national certification exam. In Hawai‘i, state licensure is also required for employment.

Undergraduate Study

Bachelor’s Degree

Requirements

  • Complete the degree requirements that satisfy the UH’s General Education Core requirements and program requirements
  • 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

First Semester

  • CHEM 161/161L (3/1)
  • BIOL 171/171L (3/1)
  • ENG 100 (3)
  • †MEDT 151 (2)
  • General Education Cores

Second Semester

  • CHEM 162/162L (3/1)
  • PHYS 151/151L (3/1)
  • HIST 151 (3)
  • MATH 241 (4)
  • General Education Cores

Third Semester

  • CHEM 272/272L (3/2)
  • †MEDT 251 (2)
  • PHYS 152/152L (3/1)
  • HIST 152 (3)
  • General Education Cores

Fourth Semester

  • CHEM 274/274L (3/2)
  • MICR 351/351L (3/2)
  • SP 151 (3) or SP 251 (3)
  • General Education Cores

Fifth Semester

  • PHYL 301 (4)
  • BIOC 441 (4)
  • †MEDT 301 (3)
  • General Education Cores

Sixth Semester

  • PHYL 302 (4)
  • †MEDT 471 (4)
  • †MEDT 302 (3)
  • †MEDT 431 (3)
  • General Education Cores

Summer Session

  • †MEDT 366 (2)

Seventh Semester

  • †MEDT 331 (1)
  • †MEDT 451 (3)
  • †MEDT 457/457L (3/2)
  • †MICR 461/461L (3/2)

Eighth Semester

  • †MEDT 464 (3)
  • †MEDT 458/458L (3/2)
  • †MICR 463/463L (3/2)
  • General Education Cores

Post-baccalaureate Study

Certificate for Clinical Training

  • †MEDT 591 (26)

Note: Grade of C or equivalent is required for courses highlighted with a dagger (†).

MEDT Courses