Biomedical Sciences C-206
D. Y. Teshima, MPH (Chair)—medical technology
Degree and Certificate Offered: BS in medical technology
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 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. 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.
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; www.kapiolani.hawaii.edu/academics/programs-of-study/medical-laboratory-technician-program/; 808-734-9270.
Among eligible candidates, 10 to 15 students will be selected by the Admissions Committee to be admitted. Eligibility criteria are:
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.
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).
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 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.
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.
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.
For information on a Bachelor Degree Program Sheet, go to www.manoa.hawaii.edu/ovcaa/programsheets/.
Certificate for Clinical Training
†Note: Grade of C or equivalent is required for courses highlighted with a dagger (†).
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