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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

D. Y. Teshima, MPH (Chair)—medical technology
N. N. Ebisu, BS—medical technology
S. M. Gon, MPH—medical technology
J. S. Ha, PhD—clinical biochemistry
K. K. Morton, BS—medical technology
L. Onaka, MBA, MT—medical technology
R. Yamaguchi, 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 (medical 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 labwar,e 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. Advances in healthcare and new career opportunities have fueled the demand for medical laboratory scientists. Employment opportunities are in hospitals, physician's offices, reference labs, DNA labs, research, veterinary clinics, and other labs. Education and training in medical technology also enables graduates to pursue careers as physicians, forensic scientists, researchers, educators, health administrators, consultants, and many more.

Admission Requirements

The curriculum is a career-pathway structure that begins with medical lab technician (MLT) associate degree at a community college and culminates in a BS degree in medical technology. Students master the basic skills and knowledge in medical laboratory as MLT, then clinical applications and problem solving skills that are required of the baccalaureate level practitioners are learned at UH Manoa. Kapiolani Community College (KCC) offers an associate degree in MLT; 4303 Diamond Head Road, Honolulu, HI 96816; URL: kcc.hawaii.edu/page/home; 808-734-9270.

Among eligible candidates, 10 to 15 students will be selected by the Admissions Committee to be admitted. Eligibility criteria are:

  • Associate degree in Medical Laboratory Technician (MLT).
  • National certification as an MLT.
  • Cumulative GPA of at least 2.5 in the MLT program.

While at KCC, students are encouraged to select courses applicable to UH Manoa General Education, major requirements and prerequisites. Students considering matriculating to UH Manoa should seek academic advising from advisors on either campus.

Medical technologists perform various procedures that directly impact patient care, so it is important that all applicants be able to perform certain essential functions. With appropriate accommodations, if needed, everyone must be able to perform the activities listed below. These skills are assessed in the MLT program. Additional professional skills are taught in classes after admission.

  • Manipulate labware to transfer or prepare reagents and samples (e.g., 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 and verbal directions to perform laboratory tests and report results.

Other Requirements

Medical technology majors are required to have professional liability insurance, which costs about $40 per year. Immunization for Hepatitis B virus is highly recommended. Clinical affiliates, for those who opt to participate in the post-graduate clinical training, may have additional requirements (e.g., vaccinations, CPR/AED training, criminal background check).

Advising

Students are encouraged to see a medical technology advisor as soon as possible and prior to each registration period. Appointments can be made through the department office.

Clinical Training

Clinical training at affiliated clinical labs in Hawai'i follows graduation. Alternatively, as certified MLT, students may qualify for medical lab scientist (MLS) certification through work experience.

Accreditation

The program is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences, 5600 N. River Rd. Rosemont, IL 60018, 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.

Undergraduate Study

Bachelor’s Degree

Requirements

  • Complete the degree requirements that satisfy UH Manoa's General Education Core requirements and program requirements. Second language is not required.
  • 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

MEDT 151 (2) is offered at UH Manoa for those who start at UH Manoa. MLT curriculum is offered at KCC.

Junior Year

  • Semester 1: †MEDT 301 (3); †MEDT 331 (3); CHEM 272/L (3/2); PHYL 301 (4)
  • Semester 2: †MEDT 431 (3); †MEDT 471 (4); CHEM 273 (3), BIOL 172 (3); PHYL 302 (4); TRMD 431 (2)

Senior Year

  • Semester 1: †MEDT 451/L (1/2), †MEDT 472 (4), †MEDT 477 (2); †MICR 461 (3)
  • Semester 2: †MEDT 464 (3); †MEDT 478 (2); †MEDT 481 (1); †MICR 463 (3), BIOL 275 (3)

Post-baccalaureate Study

Certificate for Clinical Training

  • †MEDT 591 (28)

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

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