How to Choose a Medical Technician School
Medical technicians collect blood and tissue samples, perform other medical testing and analyze the results for the diagnosis and treatment of disease. If a prospective student wants only to learn about fundamental emergency medical techniques and principles, such as cardiac arrest, emergency childbirth and bleeding, then a course of instruction resulting in an EMT-Basic or EMT-1 certificate may be appropriate. Those who wish to further their knowledge can choose to complete a state emergency medical technician training program to arrive at an EMT-Intermediate designation. These programs cover additional advanced topics such as intravenous fluids and airway devices, according to the National Registry of Emergency Technicians (www.nremt.org). In contrast, aspiring paramedics are required to complete a 2-year training program at a state-approved community college. Completion of the paramedic training program leads to an associate's degree.
Prospective students considering entering into the fields of radiology technology, laboratory technology, dialysis technology and surgical technology also have to consider the advantages and disadvantages of choosing between a certificate program or an associate's degree. Certificate programs are short in length and generally can be completed in nine months to a year. However, these programs provide students with only an overview of a medical technology specialty. Associate's degree programs take two years to complete and often include a clinical component. Internships may be offered with local hospitals and other healthcare agencies that have a relationship with community colleges as well. When selecting a medical technology school, students should consider the following:
- No matter what type of medical technology a student wants to specialize in, they must first decide between multiple levels of training options depending on the amount of time they want to spend on their education, how far they want to delve into the subject and the level of responsibility they want in their work.
- Students who attend schools with state-of-the-art facilities and the latest in medical technology equipment will be best suited to transition easily into the workforce upon graduation.
Schools with Medical Technician Programs
|Arizona State University||4-year, Public|
|Arkansas State University||4-year, Public|
|Arkansas Technical University||4-year, Public|
|Armstrong State University||4-year, Public|
|Auburn University||4-year, Public|
|Austin Peay State University||4-year, Public|
|Ball State University||4-year, Public|
|Atlanta Technical College||2-year, Public|
|Albany Technical College||2-year, Public|
|Central Georgia Technical College||2-year, Public|