Medical Technologist

Who are Medical Technologists?

Medical technologists or clinical laboratory scientists are behind-the-scenes detectives in the health care industry.  They are skilled scientists performing tests to aid in the diagnosis and treatment of disease.  For example, their tests may confirm a case of diabetes, identify potentially dangerous levels of drugs, identify bacteria in blood or wound infections, or discover early cases of leukemia or cancerous tumors using molecular biology techniques.

What do Medical Technologists Do?

Medical technologists make valuable contributions to patient care by performing clinical laboratory procedures.  Technologists collect and analyze samples of blood, tissue, and body fluids using the latest technology and analytical techniques.  Their various levels of responsibilities may include staff technologists, research technologists, supervisors, managers, or educators.

Medical technologists may be generalists or specialists in particular areas of the clinical laboratory, such as chemistry, transfusion medicine, hematology, immunology, or microbiology.  They find employment in hospitals, clinics, doctors' offices, research facilities, industry, public health institutions, animal clinics, or forensic and pharmaceutical laboratories.

How much do Medical Technologists earn?

Beginning licensed medical technologists earn between $35,000 and $51,000 depending upon the part of the country in which they are employed and their place of employment.  There are 210 Med Techs working in the area, and DeLand-area hospitals are paying entry-level Med Techs $30,000 to $45,000.  Those working part time receive between $15 and $24 per hour.

Education

A Medical Technologist must earn a Bachelor of Science degree and complete one year of laboratory experience certified by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS).  Stetson has a history of preparing students for careers as medical technologists and maintains good relationships with hospitals that offer the clinical training.  Students interested in becoming a Med Tech should take:

  • Introductory Biology (BIOL 141, BIOL 142)                    
  • General Chemistry (CHEM 141, CHEM 142)                    
  • Organic Chemistry (CHEM 201, CHEM 301)            
  • Biostatistical Methods (BIOL 243)                           
  • Microbiology (BIOL 301)   
  • Hematology and Immunology (BIOL 314)
  • 1 other Biology course
  • the research sequence in a science major also is required.

Several Stetson graduates (recently Nadia Abdulaal and Suzi Duwaik) have completed their training in the 12-month clinical experience at UF-Shands and  St. Vincent's Hospitals in Jacksonville.

After the clinical training, students need to pass state licensing and certification exams.

How to find out more?

American Medical Technologists

American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science