HOW CAN I START A MEDICAL TECHNOLOGY CAREER IN THE US?

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Michelle in Greenville, North Carolina

82 months ago

Joana,

You first need to obtain a degree in medical technology/clinical laboratory science, if you do not have a degree already. Also you need to take the certification exam given by ASCP (American Society of Clinical Pathologist) or NCA.

Once your have earned the degree and certification, you should be able to apply for medical technologist positions in any hospital.

If you need information about US citizenship, search the internet about information on US citizenship, or look for the US government website. And ask questions of potential employers (hospitals) about how they can help you with working in the US without being a US citizen if it is possible.

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Online Education in Frisco, Texas

82 months ago

JOANA ROSE MANIAGO in Subic, Philippines said: can anyone suggest how can i start a medical technology career in the US?

Found this while seeking my own education. You might look them up. This is a partial list from the Texas Unemployment Commission approved schools

Texas Lutheran University
1000 West Court Street
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Seguin, TX 78155 470201 HVAC Technician Certificate (online) 320/0 $3,095.00 No Capital Area Jun 30, 2009

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Texas Lutheran University
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Seguin, TX 78155 510601 Administrative Dental Assistant (online) 240/0 $1,595.00 No Capital Area Jun 30, 2009

Texas Lutheran University
1000 West Court Street
Seguin, TX 78155 510601 Dental Assisting Program (on-site) 100/0 $1,799.00 No Capital Area Jun 30, 2009

Texas Lutheran University
1000 West Court Street
Seguin, TX 78155 510713 Medical Billing and Coding (online) 240/0 $1,395.00 No Capital Area Jun 30, 2009

Texas Lutheran University
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1000 West Court Street
Seguin, TX 78155 510805 Pharmacy Technician (online) 240/0 $1,795.00 No Capital Area Jun 30, 2009

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Katie in Baltimore, Maryland

82 months ago

You do not need to have a degree in medical technology or medical lab technician. You should have a degree in Biology or
Chemistry though, if you want to be a medical technologist. Most hospitals have their own websites. You need to look up the hospital websites and go to their employment sections. You can apply online in most circumstances.
Also, you do not need to be certified to be a medical technologist. You can get the certification after you have been working for some time if you want.

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Michelle in Durham, North Carolina

82 months ago

To the reply from Katie,

Not getting a degree in medical technology or medical lab technician may be true for a very, very few hospitals in the U.S. or in the past.

However, a degree in Biology or Chemistry do not train you to work with most of the equipment used in a medical laboratories. Also the education you will receive with a Biology or Chemistry degree will not teach you human pathology.

With a degree in medical technology or medical lab technician you will receive the training you need to work in any U.S. hospital laboratory and the knowledge of human pathology. Also one of the first requirments or strong preferences in an employment ad for medical techologist or medical laboratory technician is a degree in MT or MLT.

As far as certification goes, you DON'T have to be certified to work but you WILL get paid less than a MT or MLT that is certified.

You can try to seek employment with just a degree in Biology or Chemistry.

However, if the employer has a choice between hiring a new grad with a degree in Biology or Chemistry or a new grad with a degree in medical technology or medical laboratory technician, who do you think they will choice? A new grad that they have to train more because they have a biology or chemistry degree or a new grad that already have the training to work in a medical laboratory?

I am currently in a medical technology program, and that where I am getting the above information.

-Michelle

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Kevin in Arlington, Texas

59 months ago

Katie you are correct, in Boston they are desperate, they hire alot of people with just their Bio degrees and train them in say Hematology (Mass General does that).

You will have a terrible time trying to pass your ASCP exam because a Biology degree does not teach you the theory you need to pass the hematology ASCp exam.

That is why we need to control our own profession. We will set rules about who is eligible to work in the clinical lab, you do not see chemistry majors working in a pharmacy, they have to go back to school and get their pharmacy degree. There are plenty of Biology majors that I know of that went back to school for one year nonstop to get their CLS certification and was eligible to sit for the ASCP generalist exam.

I am sorry but Biology and Chemistry Majors can not work in the lab, like I cannot just work as a Dietician or Physical Therapist, there are specific degrees for the field.

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lisa

59 months ago

Kevin in Arlington, Texas said: Katie you are correct, in Boston they are desperate, they hire alot of people with just their Bio degrees and train them in say Hematology (Mass General does that).

You will have a terrible time trying to pass your ASCP exam because a Biology degree does not teach you the theory you need to pass the hematology ASCp exam.

That is why we need to control our own profession. We will set rules about who is eligible to work in the clinical lab, you do not see chemistry majors working in a pharmacy, they have to go back to school and get their pharmacy degree. There are plenty of Biology majors that I know of that went back to school for one year nonstop to get their CLS certification and was eligible to sit for the ASCP generalist exam.

I am sorry but Biology and Chemistry Majors can not work in the lab, like I cannot just work as a Dietician or Physical Therapist, there are specific degrees for the field.

As someone who holds Bachelors' Degrees in biology and chemistry, is currently in an MT program, and who spent 9 years in academic life science research, I agree and disagree with your comments. I did have the theoretical underpinnings to understand hematology. I do have general instrumentation experience which has proven to be very much transferrable. There are some pockets of information in the CLS coursework where I know the material in depth. There are other areas where I didn't know a thing. I certainly wouldn't pass the ASCP exam without the CLS coursework.

I think that the CLS coursework is worthwhile and enjoyable. However, had I landed in the molecular diagnostics section of a clinical laboratory, I probably could have gone to work without ever missing a beat.

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wsdrbj in Minneapolis, Minnesota

57 months ago

lisa said: As someone who holds Bachelors' Degrees in biology and chemistry, is currently in an MT program, and who spent 9 years in academic life science research, I agree and disagree with your comments. I did have the theoretical underpinnings to understand hematology. I do have general instrumentation experience which has proven to be very much transferrable. There are some pockets of information in the CLS coursework where I know the material in depth. There are other areas where I didn't know a thing. I certainly wouldn't pass the ASCP exam without the CLS coursework.

I think that the CLS coursework is worthwhile and enjoyable. However, had I landed in the molecular diagnostics section of a clinical laboratory, I probably could have gone to work without ever missing a beat.

I have a BS in Biology but I also went through a Med Tech program for 1yr. My reasoning for doing that was I did not want to be confined to the Medical Technology field . I taught Senior High School in Biology while workng as a Med Tech.

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William in Winchester, Indiana

44 months ago

Clinical laboratory programs (e.g. MT ASCP) have the tutorial/didactic experience built into the program, thus equating education with practise in a realistic environment. Many hospitals seek generalists now, as they're highly prized commodities who can work evenings and nights alone or with minimal supervision. The medical technology degree gives this advantage. It takes long bench hours (months/years) to bring a technologist up to speed in order to set that person free responsibly. I don't question that biology, physiology, or chemistry are valuable degrees, but they should be considered as prerequisite. I began lab work in 1973 and am still doing it. I've seen all kinds of hiring/economic downswings/upswings, and I am convinced that a twelve-month internship is invaluable. Even those who have done this still need a solid year's experience (generalist) in order to be competent in clinical work. I took a BA degree in the Humanities (Latin) and education before taking two more years of post-graduate science in order to even be admitted to a clinical internship. I do not regret it at all. There are fast-track programs out there, but what is most expedient is certainly not necessarily what is best for you nor for the patient. I don't suggest that unrelated degrees are essential, yet my experience is an indication that a more rigorous/calculated approach to a career can pay off. Shortcuts may be attractive initially, but later on one may feel a sense of inadequacy in terms of peer pressure. I have listened to breakroom dialogue for over thirty years. I have worked with excellent (older, of course) techs who were trained back in the day "on the job." They never felt a sense of belonging to the professional corps, and sometimes they were scorned (wrongly, I might add). The evolution of labs is an interesting story, but nowadays I would suggest, "why not do it right when it's so available?"

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Hedayat in Singapore, Singapore

34 months ago

Hey guys,

Just wanted to know what my position is in respect to being a medical technologist.

Ok before I go on, some background information.

I am from Singapore and am due to graduate from a UK university with BSc Biomedical Sciences (Hons) with specialisation in cellular and molecular pathology. I have great interest to do lab related work after my graduation and wish to move to the US once I graduate and begin life anew there.

My question is, after I graduate, do I need to get some experience in my own country first before applying for ASCPi? Also, what are my chances in excelling as a medical technologist given my background in biomedical sciences?

I have gone through numerous job sites and most of them require some experience and/or certification from ASCP.

Another question ringing in my head is (I have read thru ASCP site) that would I be eligible and advised to go for the MLT certification or the MT/CLS certification given that I have a fairly related degree?

Please do advise on the above matter - you will be helping a potential immigrant :)

Thank you for your time and replies in advance!

Cheers!

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kathyiz in Zamboanga, Philippines

28 months ago

hi, who can help me, i had a lots of questions about in ASCPi...my problems is i dnt know what my first thing to do in applying ASCPi..im a medical technologist here in the philippines..pls, help me.. thanks for your reply in advance

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