Medical technicians can include emergency medical technicians (EMTs), paramedics, or medical technicians entering into the fields of radiology technology, laboratory technology, dialysis technology and surgical technology. Education for medical technicians ranges from certificate programs to associate and degree programs offered at colleges and universities.
Schools with Medical Technician Programs
Listed below are some schools that offer medical technician programs.
|College/University||Location||Institution Type||Degrees Offered||Tuition & Fees
|Pima Community College||Tucson, AZ||2-year, Public||Associate|| $1,974 in-state,
|Saint Paul College||Saint Paul, MN||2-year, Public||Associate||$5,480|
|Kapiolani Community College||Honolulu, HI||2-year, Public||Associate|| $2,940 in-state,
|Madison Area Technical College||Madison, WI||2-year, Public||Associate|| $4,217 in-state,
|Northcentral Technical College||Wausau, WI||2-year, Public||Associate|| $4,230 in-state,
|Tidewater Community College||Norfolk, VA||2-year, Public||Associate|| $5,171 in-state,
|Baker College||Flint, MI||4-year, Private not-for-profit||Associate||$8,640|
|Phoenix College||Phoenix, AZ||2-year, Public||Associate, Certificate|| $2,046 in-state,
|Milwaukee Area Technical College||Milwaukee, WI||2-year, Public||Associate|| $4,360 in-state,
|San Diego Miramar College||San Diego, CA||2-year, Public||Certificate|| $1,142 in-state,
Source: *National Center for Education Statistics*
School Selection Criteria
Here are some important considerations to keep in mind when choosing a medical technician training program:
- Students should ensure that the program is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS).
- Students may want to check that the school has state-of-the-art facilities and the latest in medical technology equipment, making it easy to transition into the workforce upon graduation.
- It can be helpful to find out what the pass rate is for graduates of the school on the Board of Registry exam offered by the American Society for Clinical Pathology.
- Students may want to look for schools that offer programs with alternative scheduling options, such as accelerated or partially online programs.
Associate's Degree Programs
Associate-level programs for aspiring medical laboratory technicians typically lead to either an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) or Associate of Science (AS) degree. Students take classroom and laboratory courses in medical terminology, basic biomedical science and patient care. They also gain hands-on clinical experience and fulfill general education requirements. Upon completion, they are typically prepared for the Board of Registry exam from the American Society for Clinical Pathology, which is required for licensure in some states.
Certificate programs are less commonly available than associate's degree programs, but they also provide training for entry-level medical laboratory technician jobs and, if necessary, state licensure. The coursework in certificate programs is similar to that in associate's degree programs, except that students do not need to fulfill general education requirements.
Medical laboratory technicians can get the education they need through associate's degree and postsecondary certificate programs. It is important to choose an accredited school with industry-standard training facilities.