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by Valarie Martin

October 04, 2005


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            Are you interested in a career in the medical field but don't like the idea of spending the next ten or more years of your life studying to become a doctor and the prospect of being a nurse doesn't suit you either? Consider becoming a Medical Technologist.


Job Description:  Medical Technologists perform laboratory tests to aid physicians in the detection, diagnosis and treatment of disease.  Areas of the laboratory include:  Hematology, Clinical Chemistry, Blood Banking, Microbiology, Urology, Serology, Coagulation and Special Chemistry.


Employment:  Most medical technologists work in a hospital, clinic or reference laboratory.  Some technologists work in industry, especially pharmaceutical companies. Finally, medical technologists have continued their education towards becoming a medical doctor, lawyer, pharmacist, or further graduate studies.


Education:  Medical Technologist (ASCP) is a four year baccalaureate degree and can be earned at the University of Kansas or at Wichita State University.

       MLT (ASCP) is a two year associates degree and can be earned at        Wichita Area Technical college or Seward County Community College.