Medical Technology Schools and Colleges in the U.S.

Undergraduate medical technology programs can prepare students to work as either medical technicians or medical technologists. A few schools also offer master's degree programs.

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
$25,458 out-of-state
Miami Dade College Miami, Florida 4-year, Public Associate's $2,834 in-state
$9,661 out-of-state
Ohio State University Columbus, Ohio 4-year, Public Bachelor's $10,037 in-state
$27,365 out-of-state
University of Minnesota - Twin Cities Minneapolis, Minnesota 4-year, Public Bachelor's $13,790 in-state
$22,210 out-of-state
University of Central Florida Orlando, Florida 4-year, Public Bachelor's $6,368 in-state
$22,467 out-of-state
The University of Texas at Austin Austin, Texas 4-year, Public Bachelor's $9,806 in-state
$34,676 out-of-state
Houston Community College Houston, Texas 2-year, Public Associate's $1,632 in-district
$3,360 in-state
$3,756 out-of-state
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
$17,324 out-of-state
Northern Virginia Community College Annandale, Virginia 2-year, Public Associate's $5,138 in-state
$11,055 out-of-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.

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