Medical Technology

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION: Medical Technology is a popular allied health field of study. The program usually includes three years of study at Middle Tennessee State University and completion of a 12-month medical technology program within a school of medical technology approved by the American Society of Clinical Pathologists.

Schools of medical technology which have contractual affiliations with MTSU are: Tennessee State University-Meharry, Nashville; Vanderbilt University, Nashville; and Austin Peay State University, Clarksville. The University of Tennessee, Memphis, Health Science Center, has a two plus two (2+2) program involving two years of pre-professional work at MTSU followed by two years at UT Memphis.

There is a four plus one (4+1) program for people who already have the B.S. degree. This requires an additional year of study in an approved medical technology program beyond the baccalaureate degree.

EMPLOYMENT OBJECTIVE: Medical Technologist

DESCRIPTION OF HEALTH CAREER: A medical technologist is that member of the health care team who performs and supervises laboratory tests on blood, body fluids, and tissues. Trained as a scientist, a technologist uses precision instruments such as microscopes, complex analyzers, and computers to generate the extensive and varied laboratory results so vital to patient care, Clinical laboratory science involves the major disciplines of hematology, bacteriology, immunology, clinical chemistry, blood banking, urinalysis, mycology, and parasitology. The majority of medical technologists pursue their careers by accepting positions in hospital laboratories or hospital management, laboratory product development companies and sales.

LENGTH OF PROGRAM: usually 3 years at MTSU and one year in an accredited school of medical technology

DEPARTMENT: Chemistry

CONTACT: Jennifer Braswell Box 68 MTSU 615-898-5465 or Pre-professional advising office Davis Science Building, Rm. 241

Check out some other useful links:
Occupational Outlook Handbook - Clinical Laboratory Technologists and Technicians
American Society for Clinical Pathology
MTSU Chemistry Pre-Professional Programs