High Tech Applications of Biology, Chemistry &
Medical Technology is the traditional name for clinical laboratory sciences
which includes the areas of Hematology, Immunohematology, Clinical Chemistry,
Clinical Microbiology, and Clinical Immunology. Medical Technologists work
to provide critical information needed for diagnosis, prognosis and management
of disease. The work is of exacting precision and accuracy, and is performed
in a fast-paced, highly technical environment. Clinical laboratory scientists
examine and analyze blood, body fluids, tissues, and cells. They perform
routine to complex chemical, biological, hematological, immunologic, microscopic
and microbial tests, so they are required to have a strong background in
biology, chemistry and medicine. Medical Technologists also evaluate test
results, develop and modify procedures, and establish and monitor programs
to ensure accuracy of test results. In today's clinical laboratory, a medical
technologist is responsible not only for fast and accurate performance
of lab tests, but also for quality control, quality assurance, clinical
relevance, infection control, cost effectiveness, revenue generation, and
management of human resources.
Practice of the profession is regulated by a federal law entitled "The
Clinical Laboratory Improvement Act" (CLIA) and laws of the state in which
the laboratory is located. Medical Technologists are responsible for the
accreditation of their laboratory as well as the laboratory's compliance
with state and federal regulations. They often serve as consultants to
smaller laboratories and physicians' office laboratories (POLs). Board
certification as a medical technologist is a nationally recognized and
highly marketable qualification for employment in a variety of organizations.
In the State of Florida, laboratory personnel are required to be licensed
by the State and to renew their license each biennium through documentation
of continuing education.
The UWF Medical Technology Program is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS) and approved by the Department of Health of the State of Florida. Graduates of the program are eligible to take the national certification exams given by the American Society of Clinical Pathologists - Board of Registry (ASCP-BOR) to be certified as MT(ASCP), and the National Credentialing Agency for Laboratory Personnel (NCA) to be certified as CLS (NCA). Graduates are also eligible to take State of Florida exams and be licensed as technologists in Hematology, Microbiology, Chemistry, Immunohematology, and Serology.
UWF'S Program: Unique Curriculum Elements
The undergraduate program in Medical Technology is one of the degree
programs offered by the Department of Biology. The clinical year of the
Medical Technology Program constitutes the last year of a 4 to 41/2 years
of study, including summer semesters. Students take general education courses
and science prerequisites during the freshman/sophomore years. This is
followed by two semesters of upper division biology prerequisites to include
Genetics, Pathophysiology, Biochemistry, Microbiology and Immunology.
During the Spring semester of their junior year, students apply for selection into the clinical year of the program. Each year, one class of selected students begin the clinical year in the month of May and graduate with a B.S. degree in medical technology in August of the following year. The UWF Medical Technology Program is approved by State of Florida Board of Regents as a Limited Access Program. The class size is limited to 20 per year. The clinical year curriculum is taught in two phases. Phase one courses are university-based lecture/lab sessions and phase two courses are hospital-based clinical rotations.
Joan Simmons, B.S., MT
Joyce Trawicki, BS MT
Charles Henry, BS, MT(ASCP),
MBA, Director of Laboratory Services
Melgena Budzinsky, BS,
Debra Wiggins, BS, MT
Henry M. Jackson Foundation
for Advancement of Military Medicine
Magda Clanton, BS MT (ASCP),
This profession is rapidly expanding into several specialties and sub-specialities
of these primary areas of practice. To name a few, Toxicology, Tumor Markers,
Molecular Biology, Histocompatibility, Flow Cytometry, Stem Cell Blood
Banking, and Assisted Reproductive Technology are the fastest growth areas
offering new employment opportunities for medical technologists. A majority
of clinical laboratory professionals work in hospitals. Many others work
in healthcare related industries. The biotechnology, environmental, pharmaceutical,
and diagnostic products fields, in particular, employ medical technologists.
Many opportunities are available in the area of gathering data for clinical
trials of drugs and diagnostic products. Clinical laboratory professionals
also perform tests, supervise, and conduct research in environmental, food
and chemical manufacturing laboratories. As hospitals merge, opportunities
are opening up for overall management of diagnostic services, including
laboratories, medical imaging and pharmacy. Jobs are frequently available
in infection control and organizational quality management. Pharmaceutical
companies recruit lab personnel to field-test drugs. Laboratory professionals
are finding employment in industry as consultants and product information
and customer support specialists. There
is a growing need for well-trained medical technologists to staff and manage
the nation's diagnostic, industrial and research laboratories.
||Unique Teaching Facilities
The on-campus classroom/laboratory complex is equipped with state of the art microscopes and other instructional technology equipment. Students receive not only comprehensive didactic instruction in medical laboratory subjects, but also practical instruction in manual and semi-automated laboratory procedures, in a simulated clinical laboratory setting. The student laboratory complex is equipped with lab safety devices and other features unique to a clinical laboratory. Adjacent to the classroom/laboratory complex is a computer lab for students' use, which is equipped with software programs offering review sessions, tutorials, comprehensive exams, and other instructional support services. UWF has also established a computer connectivity with clinical affiliate hospitals to connect on-campus faculty with students in clinical rotations and to provide distance learning opportunities. The five hospitals which are affiliated with the UWF Medical Technology Program maintain state of the art technology and offer topnotch laboratory services to physicians and patients. Students are trained in traditional, modern and cutting edge technology methods, thus preparing them for employment or advanced degrees in related fields.