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Major in Medical Technology

Article by Rachelle Wiggins

“I consider myself, first and foremost, a person who praises God in what I do… Just seeing all there is that can go wrong makes me appreciate how we can walk around with our hearts pumping so many times a day, and we never wonder about it. Every little bit has to work perfectly. And then to see that when things go wrong…I can be a part of God’s redemptive process in making things right once again.” ~Jimmy Lin; MD, PhD, MHS

Medical technology is a relatively new field of applied chemistry and biology. Birthed with the invention of the x-ray and microscope, it is ever morphing as advanced forms of technology are developed. A major in medical technology prepares students for certification as clinical laboratory scientists who are trained to use highly sophisticated procedures and equipment and to perform various medical tests used to detect, diagnose, prevent and treat various health conditions. This four-year degree opens up career opportunities in a wide range of healthcare positions in hospitals, doctors’ offices, diagnostic centers and medical facilities.

Students who excel in math and science and simultaneously desire to provide excellent patient care, are often those who pursue a medical technology degree. There are other important traits needed for this degree as well, such as an attentiveness to detail and a desire for accuracy. Because most careers in this field require you to work as part of a larger medical staff, it is imperative to be a strong team player and to have good communication skills which serve other coworkers and patients. Possessing dexterity and coordination for working with medical equipment is also a great asset. And of course, it is imperative to be a person of dependability and integrity. 

Your class time, as a medical technology major, will be split between lecture and practical, hands on experience in clinical laboratory training. Depending upon your program and career goals, it is likely you will choose a study specialization and near the end of your program you may undergo an internship of some sort. Courses you can expect to take include:

  • Clinical Chemistry
  • Medical Microbiology
  • Statistics
  • Anatomy and Physiology

Completing a major in medical technology is a great way to springboard into a whole host of medically-centered careers in areas as diverse as instrument development and manufacturing, medical technology sales, scientific writing and lab management. The projected growth rate for jobs in this field is about 15% over the next decade, which is twice the national average! Some of the more common careers associated with this degree range from:

  • Medical laboratory technologists who conduct medical tests, collect samples of bodily fluids and tissues and look for abnormalities in the samples.
  • Surgical technologists who prepare operating rooms by setting up equipment and preparing patients for surgery.
  • Ultrasound technicians who operate sound wave technology to record images of patients’ internal organs.
  • Radiology technicians who use medical imagining techniques such as x-tray, CTs, MRIs and PETs to assist in the diagnoses of various medical conditions.
  • Phlebotomists who collect blood samples from patients for tests, transfusions and donations.
  • Cytotechnologists who examine slides of body cells to identify abnormalities that could lead to cancer.

If God has gifted you with a scientific mind and the desire to help bring compassionate care to people created in His image, then perhaps choosing a major in medical technology is the next step He has in store for you!