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What Medical Technologists Do

School of Medical Technology

Medical technologists perform a responsible and vital role in the clinical laboratory.  Working with method and speed, with precision and curiosity, medical technologists operate complex electronic equipment, computers and precision instruments.  They conduct fact-finding tests and evaluate results in an accurate, efficient, cost-effective manner to help in the diagnosis and treatment of disease.

Medical technologists are educated to understand the scientific theory and interpretation for the tests they perform.  Their expanding role will find them not only performing tests but also teaching, supervising and serving as consultants, researchers or directors of laboratories.

In the hospital educational programs, students learn to perform laboratory procedures on actual specimens from hospital patients, under the close supervision of professional medical technologists.  Because their learning is directly related to actual patient care, the students develop a sense of responsibility to the patient, an important component in the profession of Medical Technology.

Career Promoting Web Sites

American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science
Bureau of Labor and Statistics
American Society for Clinical Pathology


Advance Magazine for Medical Laboratory Professionals
Medical Laboratory Observer Magazine
Clinical Chemistry Magazine
Labs Are Vital
Lab Science Careers