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Medical Technology

Medical Technology is where basic laboratory science meets the practice of medicine. It is a profession of highly knowledgeable and skilled individuals who primarily perform diagnostic laboratory tests on patient samples of blood, other body fluids, or tissue. This is a critical part of health care, as the results obtained by these laboratory tests are used in the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of diseases. If you enjoy the biological and chemical sciences, laboratory work, and care about people then Medical Technology is an excellent career choice. Using microscopes, stains, precision instruments, computers, and molecular techniques, you, as one of the medical and technical team, will help investigate and solve the riddles of disease.

Pre-medical technology students are completing the required prerequisite courses in order to apply to the Medical Technology program. Once you are in the MT program, you will be taking courses that prepare you for the science skills needed for this profession and gaining experience in the application of those skills during your clinical rotations.

What type of education is required?

A plan to prepare for an undergraduate health professional program.

Coursework required for most programs

The UW MTP requires the following prerequisites:

  • Chemistry 142, 152, 162
  • Organic Chemistry 223 & 224 or 237, 238, and 239
  • Biology 180, 200, 220
  • Statistics 220 or Math 124
  • Biology 118

Things to be aware of

This program is divided into two parts:

The pre-professional phase: you are completing required prerequisite courses and general education requirements for 2 years.

The professional phase: you are in the MT program and completing the required coursework and clinical rotations for 2 years that will prepare you for this profession. This is a competitive Bachelor of Science degree program.

Preparing for the major

All interested students should review this PowerPoint presentation, visit the program's webpage and make an appointment with Undergraduate Advising or with the MTP adviser.

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