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Department of Biology
142 Franklin Science Center
Shippensburg University
1871 Old Main Drive
Shippensburg, PA 17257-2299
717-477-1401
biology@ship.edu

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Medical Technology

Medical technology combines the challenges and rewards of medicine and science.

What is medical technology?

Medical technology is a clinical discipline in which laboratory scientists perform tests on blood, body fluids and tissues. The results of these tests are used by physicians in diagnosing and treating disease, maintaining health, drug monitoring, organ transplantation, forensic medicine and more.

Medical technologists are vital members of the health care team. They must work accurately and quickly to detect the changes in biologic specimens that determine the absence, presence, extent and cause of disease. They study the immune system and how it reacts to various organisms such as bacteria, viruses, and fungi; the body chemistry; the hematological system; and many other subjects.

Careers in the medical technology field are varied. Hospital clinical laboratories employ many medical technologists. Other career opportunities exist for technologists in physicians' office labs, clinics, commercial reference laboratories, food processing plants, research facilities, public health centers, veterinary labs, higher education, industrial labs, the Armed Forces and the Peace Corp. Individuals trained as medical technologists can enter pharmaceutical and medical equipment sales and marketing. Law enforcement agencies, airlines, cruise ships, and insurance companies employ medical technologists. Individuals who receive clinical training as medical technologists can often later "cross-train" in-house at hospitals for positions such as pathologist assistant and histotechnologist. Many technologists pursue opportunities in health care administration, health law, medicine, dentistry, public policy development, and medical writing.

 

Please note we are phasing out the medical technology concentration as we begin our new Clinical Sciences program. Clinical Sciences will include the medical technology option as well as opportunities to pursue histotechnology, cytotechnology, or respiratory therapy as a clinical year of studies.