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What is Medical Technology?

Our Medical Technology major can lead to a challenging and rewarding career in healthcare laboratories. Medical Technologists, also called Medical Laboratory Scientists (MLS), play a key role in the modern laboratory. Their primary responsibility is to test blood and body fluids, and perform scores of laboratory procedures in areas such as clinical chemistry, microbiology, hematology, serology and urinalysis.  They use this information to help a physician to identify a patient's disease and evaluate effective treatment.

The profession requires a desire to serve mankind coupled with a willingness to work quietly behind the scenes. One's work in the laboratory must be meticulous; examination and tests must be precise. Work in a medical laboratory is accomplished through the use of a wide array of intricate precision equipment, a knowledge of how these devices work and how the results connect to the patient.  Testing includes the use of:

  • microscopes
  • automatic analyzers
  • electronic counters
  • spectrophotometers
  • other sophisticated laboratory equipment


Sometimes results are factual, definite and complete, but often results pose other questions, or serve as hyphens between the questions and answers of medical research.

by Clark, Leslie A. last modified Nov 06, 2012 11:33 AM