Medical technologists, or clinical laboratory scientists, analyze human blood, tissues, and bodily fluids, or supervise the performance of
thousands of types of medical laboratory tests using a wide variety of precision instruments. They may also conduct research and develop
scientific methods to advance the study of disease processes. Medical technologists exercise independent judgment, correlate test results, and
interpret test findings. Physicians depend on medical technologists to produce reliable and valid results which may be used in determine the
presence, extent, and possible causes of disease.
Employment prospects for medical technology, one of the fastest growing health fields in the past decade, are expected to continue to be excellent
in the coming decade. In fact, our program has a nearly 100% success in job placement and in passing licensure exams. The majority of medical
technologists find employment in hospital laboratories. Medical technologists may specialize in several different areas, including clinical
chemistry, blood banking, hematology, microbiology, immunology, urinalysis, and toxicology.
USF offers a BS degree in Medical Technology, which includes three years of study on campus and a fourth year of internship at one of three
participating hospitals: Tampa General (Tampa), Bayfront Medical Center
(St. Petersburg), and St. Vincents Hospital
Acceptance into the hospital internships is competitive. Students who are not accepted are offered the option of completing the
B.S. Degree in Biomedical Sciences and applying to hospital internships
independently. Talk to an advisor for more information.
Kelly Pearson is the Interim Administrator of the USF Medical Technology Program. To make an appointment, please see
the online scheduling system found on the Chemistry Undergraduate Advising Page website.
For information on state licensure requirements visit the
Florida Department of Health Website.
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Training, Accreditation, and Certification information:
Some Potential Employers of Medical Technologists: