Biomedical Sciences C-206
A. G. Theriault, PhD (Interim Chair)—clinical chemistry
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
Curriculum for Medical Technology
Certificate for Clinical Training
†Note: Grade of C or equivalent is required for courses highlighted with a dagger (†).
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