Students who want to become medical technicians must earn an associate's degree, while aspiring medical technologists need a bachelor's degree. These programs typically include a mixture of classroom-based courses, lab work and clinical experience.
10 Schools with Medical Technology Programs
These schools offer programs in fields, such as medical laboratory science, that will prepare students for careers in medical technology:
|College/University||Location||Institution Type||Degrees Offered||Tuition (2015-2016)*|
|Arizona State University||Phoenix, Arizona||4-year, Public||Bachelor's|| $10,158 in-state
|Miami Dade College||Miami, Florida||4-year, Public||Associate's|| $2,834 in-state
|Ohio State University||Columbus, Ohio||4-year, Public||Bachelor's|| $10,037 in-state
|University of Minnesota - Twin Cities||Minneapolis, Minnesota||4-year, Public||Bachelor's|| $13,790 in-state
|University of Central Florida||Orlando, Florida||4-year, Public||Bachelor's|| $6,368 in-state
|The University of Texas at Austin||Austin, Texas||4-year, Public||Bachelor's|| $9,806 in-state
|Houston Community College||Houston, Texas||2-year, Public||Associate's|| $1,632 in-district
|Michigan State University||East Lansing, Michigan||4-year, Public|| Bachelor's
|$13,560 in-state (undergraduate); $16,122 in-state (graduate)|
|University of South Florida||Tampa, Florida||4-year, Public||Bachelor's|| $6,410 in-state
|Northern Virginia Community College||Annandale, Virginia||2-year, Public||Associate's|| $5,138 in-state
Sources: *NCES College Navigator
College Selection Criteria
Consider the following also when looking for medical technology schools:
- Students should make sure that the school is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS).
- It is important to make sure that the curriculum fulfills the prerequisites needed to take the state exam for medical technician or technologist licensure.
- Students may want to find out what the pass rate is for graduates on the state licensure exam.
- Students should get information about the clinical settings in which they will gain practical experience.
Associate's Degree Programs
For students who want to become medical technicians, earning an associate's degree is sufficient. These programs provide a combination of general education classes and basic medical coursework, most of which focuses on the properties and testing of blood. During the second year, students get hands-on training through a practicum or field experience.
Bachelor's Degree Programs
In bachelor's degree programs in medical technology (also known as medical laboratory science), students complete three years of coursework and one year of clinical rotations. Common topics of study include immunobiology, analytical chemistry, biochemistry, physics and statistics, as well as career-specific courses on lab management and safety. These are pre-professional programs, so they prepare graduates to take licensure exams and start working as medical technologists immediately after graduation.
Master's Degree Programs
Master's degree programs in medical technology are less common, but a few schools have relevant programs. Most commonly, schools offer advanced training courses and/or for-credit opportunities, such as a research project, to certified technologists who want to increase their expertise in the field. The classes are often available in online formats in order to accommodate the needs of working professionals.
Medical technology programs prepare students for careers working in a medical laboratory, either as a technologist or a technician. Students should make sure the program they select is accredited and provides adequate education for licensure.