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What Can I Do With This Major for Majors in Medical Technology



Medical technology, also called clinical laboratory science, is an allied health profession. Medical technologists perform laboratory procedures which enable physicians to detect, diagnose and treat disease. These activities include the analysis of body fluids and cells, blood typing, micro-organism screening, cell counts, and chemical analyses. They often use sophisticated automated equipment and instruments that perform a number of tests simultaneously.

Technologists in small labs perform many types of tests while those in large labs often specialize. Those who analyze the chemical and hormonal contents of body fluids are called clinical chemistry technologists. Blood bank technologists collect, type and prepare blood for transfusion. Microbiology specialists examine and identify bacteria and parasites. Cytotechnologists have specialized training in the microscopic screening of cells for abnormalities.

Students typically spend three years on campus completing prerequisite coursework and a fourth year in a clinical internship at one of five approved hospitals. The academic requirements include successful completion ("C" or higher) of general, organic and quantitative chemistry, and general biology, genetics, microbiology and immunology.

Application to the clinical internship program is made in the fall semester of your junior year. Students must have a minimum GPA of 2.8 to be considered; entry is competitive. Satisfactory completion of the 50 week clinical internship leads to a Bachelor of Science degree in Medical Technology and eligibility to take various national certification exams.

A Sample Of Related Occupations

Analytical Chemist Cytotechnologist Microbiologist
Bacteriologist Food & Drug Inspector Parasitologist
Biochemist Hemotherapist Pharmaceutical Sales Rep.
Blood Bank Technologist Histologist Public Health Specialist
Chemist Medical Equipment Sales Rep. Quality Control Specialist
Clinical Chemistry Technologist Medical Laboratory Manager Research Asst.
Clinical Pathologist Medical Librarian Toxicologist
Crime Lab Analyst Medical Technologist .

Types of Employers


Private & Nonprofit Organizations
Biotechnology Firms Diagnostic testing companies Medical equipment manufacturers
Blood banks Health Maintenance Organizations Pharmaceutical Companies
Clinics Hospitals Physician's offices
Colleges/Universities Laboratories .


Government Agencies
Centers for Disease Control Department of State National Institutes of Health
Department of Health and Human Services Food and Drug Administration Peace Corps/AmeriCorps
Department of Justice NJ State Department of Health U.S. Armed Forces

Internships Obtained by Rutgers Students


Organization Job Title

Jobs Obtained by Rutgers Graduates


First Jobs of Recent Graduates - Medical Technology
Organization Job Title
Psicor Office Laboratories CMP Operator

alley Hospital Medical Laboratory Technologist

Princeton Medical Center Medical Technician

Ciba-Geigy Pharmaceuticals Medical Technologist

Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Technologist

St. Barnabas Medical Center Medical Technologist

South Plainfield High School Teacher

Polestar Labs, Inc. Technical Service/Support Rep


Jobs of Experienced Alumni - Medical Technology
Hoffmann-La Roche Assistant Pharmacologist

Schering-Plough Research Institute (MS Biochemistry) Biochemist

Arden Hill Hospital Chief Medical Technologist

Norwalk Hospital Cytotechnologist

Blood Center of NJ Director of Technical Services

NJ State Police Forensic Chemist

Department of Health (MBA) Health Economics Research Specialist

General Hospital Center at Passaic Hematology Supervisor

Hughes Aircraft Co. Industrial Hygienist

Ortho Diagnostic Systems Inc. (MBA) Manager of Technical Services

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Graduate Schools Attended


Institution Degree Field
California College of Health Sciences Management

Fairleigh Dickinson University MS Biochemistry

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