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The Field of Medical Technology

The mission of the Clinical Laboratory Science program with Specializations in Histotechnology and Medical Laboratory Sciences is to provide our graduates with skills that will allow them to apply scientific knowledge, while collaborat-ing with others using verbal, written and technological skills inherent to health care. We provide them the tools to engage in professional practices that adhere to the concepts of integrity, ethics, life-long learning and patient advocacy. This mission aligns with the goals of the College of Nursing and Health Sciences at Barry University.

Medical technologists are medical professionals that work with physicians and other members of the healthcare team,
preparing specimens and analyzing blood and other body fluids to diagnose and detect disease. Technologists also develop and evaluate new test procedures, perform quality control, educate other laboratory professionals and manage laboratories. Training includes the five major disciplines of blood banking, chemistry, hematology, immunology and microbiology. Medical technologists have limited patient contact.

Students wishing to enter this field must possess manual dexterity and be comfortable using computer technology and operating complex machinery. The ability to work well under pressure is essential.

The granting of the degree or certificate must not be contingent upon the student passing any type of external certification or licensure examination.

Job Outlook

Excellent job opportunities and rapid growth are expected for this field.* Employment opportunities are slated to be mostly in hospitals and clinics, diagnostic laboratories and physicians’ offices. The field offers advancement into supervisory, administrative, educational and specialty positions with experience and/or additional education.

*[Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2010-11 Edition, on the Internet at]

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