For UC Davis Students
Licensed medical technologists work with pathologists, other physicians or scientists who specialize in clinical chemistry, microbiology, or other biological sciences. Together, they detect, diagnose, and treat many patient diseases. As part of this health care team, medical technologists are responsible for performing tests and developing data on the patient's blood tissues and body fluids. They have the knowledge of the principles behind these tests. Medical technologists have the ability to recognize physiological conditions affecting test results and the ability to develop data that may be used by a physician in determining the presence, extent, and the cause of disease.
Requirements for becoming a nationally certified and California licensed medical technologist include a bachelor's degree with courses pertinent to the clinical laboratory. Although no particular undergraduate major is required, some schools prefer students majoring in one of the biological sciences or chemistry. As long as all prerequisites are met, any major may be chosen.
For more information refer to the Medical Technology Preparation at UC Davis handout.
Health Sciences Advising has advising staff who are eager to answer any questions you may have in your preparation to become a medical technologist.