Medical Technology Program Dept of Laboratory Medicine University of Washington



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Overview

  • Description of Medical Technology Career
  • Description of Medical Technology Program
  • A Glimpse of Med Tech Student Life
  • What is Medical Technology?
  • Medical Technology is where basic laboratory science meets the practice of
  • medicine. Also known as Clinical Laboratory Science, this is a critical part of health care, as the results obtained by diagnostic laboratory tests done on patient samples
  • of blood, other body fluids, or tissue are vital tools for physicians in their diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of disease. As much as 70-80% of the factual data
  • physicians use in evaluation of patients is generated by the clinical laboratory.
  • What is a Medical Technologist?
  • An individual with a Bachelor of Science in Medical Technology who is educated
  • in laboratory techniques and instrumentation used in the diagnosis and evaluation
  • of disease and who has a strong knowledge of human body systems and related
  • diseases and disorders.
  • Medical Technology
  • (Clinical Laboratory Science)
  • What do Medical Technologists do?
  • Perform analytical tests on patient specimens
  • Collect and process the specimens
  • Analyze the data generated by clinical laboratories determining if there are any discrepancies
  • Work with new techniques and new instruments
  • Use information systems such as computers
  • Medical Technology also includes:
  • Interacting as health care professionals with:
  • Patients
  • Laboratory Personnel
  • Other Health Care Professionals, such as MD’s, nurses, etc.
  • The public
  • Behaving professionally which includes:
  • Ethical and moral beliefs to gain the trust of professional associates
  • Confidence of the patient
  • Medical Technology does NOT include a lot of interactions directly with patients
  • Where do Medical Technologists Work?
  • Most Medical Technologists work in:
  • Clinical laboratories in medical centers, hospitals, or clinics
  • Other Medical Technologists:
  • Forensic Science
  • Computers in Laboratories
  • Laboratory Sales Representative
  • Research
  • Other Health Professions
  • These are just a few examples of the many varied
  • and unique job opportunities available to
  • Medical Technologists
  • Blood Banking/Immunohematology
  • Chemistry
  • Hematology & Coagulation
  • Immunology
  • Microbiology
  • Clinical Laboratory Divisions:
  • The Main Areas of Medical Technology
  • Blood Banking (Immunohematology):
  • Perform crossmatch to identify compatible blood for patients who are bleeding or for surgery.
  • Some people have unusual blood types and a detailed evaluation must be performed.
  • Chemistry:
  • Analyze the chemical composition of serum (the liquid portion of the blood).
  • Includes testing for therapeutic drugs, drugs of abuse, and diseases of organs (heart, liver, pancreas) and organ systems (endocrine).
  • Hematology & Coagulation:
  • Blood cells are counted, stained, and examined.
  • Leukemia and other disorders are diagnosed.
  • Also includes tests to evaluate the ability of the blood to clot.
  • Immunology:
  • Tests to evaluate the immune response
  • (appropriate response to infecting agent or improper response like rheumatoid arthritis)
  • Microbiology:
  • Bacteria are grown on agar plates and identified.
  • Bacteria are also tested for sensitivity to antibiotics.
  • May include identification of viruses, parasites and fungi.
  • Why become a Medical Technologist?
  • Educated as a generalist, so lots of variation.
  • LOTS of available jobs!!! There is a shortage of Medical Technologists nationally and internationally
  • Competitive Salaries (starting pay ~ $50,000/year)
  • Part-time/Full-Time/Various Shifts
  • Fulfilling, Satisfying, & Rewarding
  • What about career advancement with a BS in MT?
  • Lab supervisor/manager
  • Graduate School (M.S., Ph.D.)
  • Professional School (M.D., D.D.S., Pharm. D., etc.)
  • Law School
  • Business School
  • How do I become a Medical Technology
  • major at UW?
  • Contact: medtech@u.washington.edu or 206.598.2162
  • Get an application packet and more information at:
  • www.depts.washington.edu/labweb/Education/MedTech
  • What are UW Medical Technology Program
  • Admission Requirements?
  • Junior status (all prereq’s complete or in progress)
  • Minimum Cumulative GPA of 2.0 required
  • Minimum Science GPA of 2.0 required
  • Class accepted in 2008, mean GPA = 3.4
  • Class accepted in 2009, mean GPA = 3.3
  • Application DEADLINE: Feb. 15th each year
  • What does a complete application consist of?
  • Application Form
  • Personal Essay/Statement
  • Official Transcripts of ALL college coursework
  • Three Evaluation Forms
  • Signed Essential Requirements Form
  • Signed Washington State Patrol Criminal Background Check and Self-Disclosure Forms
  • *Interview*

The Program…

  • 2 + 2 Bachelor of Science Program
  • 1. Pre-professional Phase: 90 quarter hours of prerequisite and general education coursework
  • 2. Professional Phase (7 quarters): Didactic Year (4 quarters) and Clinical Internship Year (3 quarters)

Pre-Professional Prerequisites:

  • General Biology: 180, 200, 220
  • General Chemistry: 142, 152, 162
  • Organic Chemistry: 223 & 224 or 237, 238, 239
  • One Math Course: Statistics 220 or Math 124
  • Biology 118: Human Physiology
  • Plus the General Education courses required for graduation
  • *Note: Take entire series at the same educational institution
  • Autumn Quarter:
  • LABM 322 - Chemistry
  • LABM 427 -Selected Topics
  • IMMUN 441 - Immunology
  • BIOCHEM 405 - Biochemistry
  • Winter Quarter:
  • LABM 321 - Hematology
  • MICRO 442 – Bacteriology
  • MICRO 443 – Bacteriology Lab
  • BIOCHEM 406 - Biochemistry
  • Spring Quarter:
  • LABM 418 - Chemistry
  • MICRO 444 - Mycology
  • & Parasitology
  • MICRO 445 - Virology
  • Summer Quarter:
  • LABM 421- Medical Micro
  • LABM 426 - Immunohematology
  • Medical Technology Program
  • Junior Year
  • Medical Technology Program
  • Senior Year
  • Autumn and Winter Quarters – Courses & Clinical Rotations:
  • 6 weeks LABM 419 – Coagulation
  • 6 weeks LABM 420 – Analysis of Body Fluids
  • 6 weeks Clinical Chemistry
  • 6 weeks Clinical Hematology and Coagulation
  • 6 weeks Clinical Microbiology
  • Spring Quarter - Elective:
  • 1 week Phlebotomy
  • 1 week Blood Bank
  • 8 weeks - Research, Specialist, Generalist, or Outreach

Strengths of the MTP

  • Excellent Education: In depth knowledge of health and disease.
  • Small Size of Program: Students get to know each other and the faculty.
  • Several Scholarships available exclusively for MTP students: departmental and national.
  • Very good Pre-Med major.
  • Students are well prepared for the ASCP certifying exam.
  • Med. Techs are in High Demand: Many jobs waiting after graduation offering competitive salaries. At UWMC a new MT graduate starts at $48,384 per year.
  • The work of Medical Technologists is vitally important—without laboratory tests and results healthcare would be severely limited. Patient lives depend on accurate laboratory results.
  • There is so much variety is this field!!! From Microbiology to Hematology to Chemistry to Bloodbanking and the sub-specialties within each of these specialties. It is astounding how much students learn in this program and how well prepared they are to enter the field directly after graduation.
  • A Glimpse at Med Tech Student Life...

Autumn Quarter, Junior Year Chemistry Student Lab

  • Winter Quarter, Junior Year
  • Hematology Student Lab
  • Summer Quarter
  • Junior Year
  • Microbiology
  • Student Lab
  • Med Tech Senior Year Clinical Rotations
  • GRADUATION !!!

Medical Technology Program Contact Information

  • Email: medtech@u.washington.edu
  • Office: UWMC, NW120
  • Phone: 206.598.2162
  • Website: www.depts.washington.edu/labweb/Education/Medtech


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