I. Description of Course
Medical Technology is a course that equips students with the necessary knowledge and skills to conduct laboratory tests that aid in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of diseases. The subjects taught within the course have a high emphasis in biochemistry and microbiology. Students are required to pass a licensure examination conducted by the Philippine Regulatory Commission (PRC) after they graduate in order to practice as Medical Technologists.
II. Cost of Education
The cost of education for BS Medical Technology generally differs from college to college. Some of the more expensive ones can cost up to P260,000 to P310,000. Public Universities, on the other hand, cost far cheaper.
III. Top Universities for Course
Basing on the results of the PRC board examination results for medical technology, the school that consistently ranks as Top 1 is the Saint Louis University. This 2011, Saint Louis University had a passing rate of 100%, same as with 2010. Last 2009, they had a passing rate of 97%. Other schools that consistently ranked among the top universities are the University of Santo Tomas and the Far Eastern University.
Skills and Factors:
I. Skills/Physical Attributes
A Medical Technologist should have the following skills:
– An extensive knowledge on anatomy, physiology, chemistry, bacteriology, virology, mycology, hematology, etc.
– Mastery of several different laboratory procedures and laboratory equipment
– An understanding of the need for caution when handling contagious materials
A Medical Technologist should have the following characteristics:
– A willingness to work behind the scenes in the medical field
– Reliability and Responsibility
– Good Communication Skills
Medical Technologists are responsible for conducting medical laboratory tests and experiments and accurately analyzing the results derived from such. They are usually charged with the analyses of body fluids such as blood, urine, cerebrospinal fluid, and stool. At times, they are also required to train other medical personal to assist with laboratory procedures.
Career Outlook and Global Demand:
I. Global Demand
Medical technologists can find employment in several different settings such as hospitals, clinics, laboratories, HMOs, pharmaceutical firms, etc. Because of this, there is always a steady demand for licensed medical technologists locally and abroad.
II. Expected Salary
At the entry level, Medical Technologists working on public hospitals are usually given a salary of about P10,500. Advancing through one’s career ladder would, of course, bring about an increase in one’s salary. Reaching the top tier – Medical Technologist V – can net a salary of P20,000 in certain hospitals.
III. Opportunities for Advancement
Medical Technologists can choose from several various paths after graduation. They can opt for the more traditional route, which is to find employment at a hospital and work at the hospital laboratory. Med Techs who follow this route can find themselves advancing to a supervisory position and can even become the ‘Laboratory Manager’. On the other hand, Med Techs can also work for laboratories and pharmaceuticals. Those with post-graduate degrees may also opt for a teaching position in universities that offer Medical Technology as a course.