Gogebic Community College

Medical Technology

Nature of the Work

Clinical laboratory testing plays a critical role in the detection, diagnosis, and treatment of disease. Medical technologists perform most of these tests. They examine and analyize body fluids, tissues, and cells. Then they analyze the results and relay them to physicians.

Employment

Medical technologists held about 274,000 jobs in 1994. More than half worked in hospitals. Most of the others worked in medical laboratories and the offices and clinics of physicians. Other employment options are blood banks, research and testing laboratories, and the Federal Government.

Job Outlook

Employment opportunities are expected to grow about as fast as the average for all occupations through the year 2005. Replacement needs will be the main source of job openings. With the rapid growth in the older population, demand will remain constant.

The median annual earnings of full time, salaried technologists were $32,282 in 1994. Salaries ranged from $26,033 - $38,844.

The Program

The program at Gogebic Community College is designed to provide the general education and science courses that are required to transfer to a school of medical technology. Three years of college is a prerequisite for training at an AMA-approved school of medical technology. Students may enroll at GCC for two years and complete the third year at the transfer institution. At least 12 consecutive months must be spent at an approved school of medical technology.

The Requirements

The following are the required courses necessary to receive an Associate Degree in Medical Technology:

COURSE  
CREDIT
ORI 100 Freshman Seminar
1
ENG 101 English Composition I
3
ENG 102 English Composition II
3
BIO 101 General Biology I
4
BIO 102 General Biology II
4
CHM 151 General & Inorganic Chemistry I
5
CHM 152 General & Inorganic Chemistry II
5
CHM 201 Organic Chemistry I
4
CHM 202 Organic Chemistry II
4
BIO 250 Human Anatomy
4
BIO 251 Human Physiology
4
BIO 215 Introduction to Microbiology
4
MTH 110 College Algebra *
4
MTH 107 Trigonometry
3
PHY 201 Elements of Physics I
4
PHY 202 Elements of Physics II
4
SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology
3
  Humanities Electives
9
  Social Science Electives
6
  Physical Education Electives
  TOTAL CREDITS
75

* some colleges require a semester of calculus

Statistics taken from 1996-97 OCCUPATIONAL OUTLOOK HANDBOOK.

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