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What do Medical Technologists do?
A medical technologist caries out a variety of activities including:
- Analysis in chemistry, hematology, microbiology, urinalysis, and blood banking.
- Developing and establishing new analytical procedures.
- Conducting preventative maintenance and repair of laboratory instrumentation relatedto medical technology.
Where do Medical Technologists work?
Most medical technologists work in a health care setting such as a hospital, private laboratories or doctors’ offices. Medical technologists also find employment in medical sales, research, teaching/training, service organizations such as the Peace Corp, and even the military services.
What is the expected starting salary for a Medical Technologist?
While salaries are always dependent upon where you live, nationally medical technologists earn between $15.00-$20.00/hour. In addition, some hospitals will offer significant signing bonuses as well as increased rates for working night shifts.
How do I earn a degree in Medical Technology?
Missouri Western State University offers a Bachelor of Science in Medical Technology. The degree program requires 3-years of coursework on the MWSU campus to complete your general studies requirements as well as prerequisite coursework in science and mathematics. In your third year you may apply for admission to one of our three clinical training sites and, following acceptance into one of our clinical affiliates you will begin your clinical training during the summer prior to your senior year.
What clinical sites does Missouri Western have an affiliation with?
University of Nebraska Medical Center (in partnership with Heartland Regional Medical Center in St. Joseph, MO)
After completing the program, students are eligible to take board certification exams from either or both of these certifying agencies:
What do I need to apply for the clinical training?
- Minimum GPA of 2.5
- Some relvant laboratory experience (ideally in a clinical setting) is preferred.
- 2-3 letters of reference.
- Must complet all on campus courswork prior to beginning your clincial training.
What's unique about the University of Nebraska Medical Center clinical affiliation?
Our new affiliation with UNMC is unique in that students attend a residential 10-week clinical training session on the UNMC campus during the summer of their clinical phase. Students then return to MWSU where they complete their coursework and clinical experience at Heartland hospital.
When and how do I apply?
For the St. Luke's and North Kansas City Hospital sites:
- Obtain application materials (from their Websites) in June of between your sophomoroe and junior year.
- Applications must be filed by August 1st of your junior year.
- Interviews are conducted during September and October
- Applicants are notified of acceptance by the end of October.
For the UNMC site:
- Submit the following forms to the Department of Chemistry by August 15th of your Junior Year.
Letter of recommendation (3 required)
You can view a recent presentation about our program here.