Department of Biology and Agriculture
The practice of modern medicine would not be possible with out the test(s) performed in the clinical laboratory. Medical laboratory technology is that branch of medicine concerned with the performance of laboratory determinations and analyses used in the diagnosis and treatment of disease and the maintenance of health. These laboratory analyses are performed by the medical technologist on blood, tissue and body fluids, using precision instruments such as microscopes and automated, computerized analyzers.
Medical technologists establish and monitor quality control programs which ensure the precision and accuracy of both the instuments and the laboratory staff. They are able to recognize interdependency of tests and have knowledge of physiological conditions affecting the test results. These skills are necessary in order to provide correct data which is used by the physcian in determining the presence, extent, and as far as possible, the cause of the disease. The medical technologist is knowledgeable in all areas of the laboratory and is able to perform all routine and specialized procedures, as well as assuming supervisory and teaching positions.
Before admission to the medical technology training program at our affiliated hospitals, a student must first earn a minimum of 94 semester hours of college credit. After satisfactory completion of the clinical training program, the student is awarded a degree and is eligible and expected to take the national certification examination.