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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!

 

 

           

 

           

 

A future in Medical Technology

By Amber Gragert

A medical technologist is also known as a clinical laboratory technologist who tests various types of bodily fluids and tissues looking for abnormalities in the samples. These highly trained professionals work in hospitals and independent laboratories using sophisticated procedures and equipment.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, (BLS), "medical technologists analyze specimens of human blood and tissue under a microscope to look for bacteria, parasites, cancerous cells or other microorganisms". They also coordinate and find matches for healthy blood transfusions, as well as check blood levels for chemicals, drugs and other negative or potentially harmful substances. Additionally, medical technologists analyze and evaluate tests, enhance, create and change lab procedures for best results and services, as well as manage programs and procedures to ensure the accuracy and reliability of tests which brings confidence to others in the medical field and the patient themselves.

Medical technology has been around for many years. People continue to make inventions that help the medical field and change healthcare for the better. Did you know that one of the earliest innovations in medical technology was the magnifying glass? It was created for scientific purposes in 1250. Another interesting tidbit is that in 1895, x-rays were discovered and, of course, are used in hospitals and doctors’ offices throughout the world every day.

In order to treat a patient, doctors have to first determine what is wrong with them.  Without medical technology, we would not be able to do even basic blood testing or be able to detect diseases such as cancer or diabetes. If these diseases went undiscovered in the human body, a lot more people would be sick in the world and life expectancy would be much lower as we would not be able to give people the correct medical treatment, they need in order to become well, much less survive long term.

The medical technology degree requires classes such as biology, mathematics, computer science and chemistry. People who enjoy studying living organisms and using a microscope would be a good fit in this field of study. A person in this field must be compassionate, detail oriented and have dexterity, stamina and technical skills, says the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

A job in medical technology could be a very rewarding career.  According to Genesis 1:1 God created every living organism, “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.” Every small, complex organism is different from the next and you could have the opportunity to spend your adult life working up close and personal with the most fascinating part of science that God designed.

If you get a degree in medical technology, you could help people and study and test God’s living creation simultaneously. Medical technicians get the reward of knowing they are a part of health research, treatment and prevention of diseases.

There are a variety of work settings that medical technologists can work in. This includes clinics, public health institutions, hospitals, universities, independent laboratories or doctors’ offices.

If you have a passion for science and technology, as well as want to help people in healthcare, then a degree in medical technology is the right path for you.