In an economy that's still fighting toward recovery, medical technology students have something to smile about.
Growing opportunities in the health care field have created a demand for laboratory sciences professionals, particularly medical technologists who use their knowledge of applied biology and chemistry to help diagnose, treat and monitor diseases by performing diagnostic lab tests on patients.
Students who graduate from the University at
"There's a real greying of the medical technology profession," says
A report published in
According to the
In 2012, the same shortage provided UB medical technology graduates with a 100 percent success rate in landing jobs in their field. The results of an informal survey of the graduates of 2013 are just as promising. Of the 21 out of 25 alumni who responded to the survey:
* 20 graduates found employment as a medical technologist
* Of those 20, 16 are employed in
UB medical technology graduates also exceed the national first-time pass rate for the ASCP Board of Certification examinations, says Golyski.
"There is wide recognition of the current demographic challenges in the field and that they are only going to get worse," says
"We're taking a marketplace view of what needs to happen: There are jobs available now and there will be many more jobs available in the future, but there won't be people to fill them," he says. "That's why there needs to be a statewide investment in training more teachers, in lab equipment and hands-on training of future lab professionals."
Tomaszewski adds that the Affordable Care Act will add to the demand by providing health care coverage to nearly 30 million people, who could each receive, on average, two blood tests a year.
"That's a lot of lab tests," says Tomaszewski.
The 132-credit hour medical technology program at UB provides a lab-intensive curriculum and a 10-to-1 student-to-instructor ratio in lab courses, which includes graduate teaching assistants.
The program draws heavily upon the resources of both the UB natural sciences and health sciences faculties for courses covering clinical chemistry, microbiology, hematology, medical genetics and more.
In their final semester, students complete 15 weeks of clinical rotations at affiliated labs and hospitals throughout
Most students go on to use their skills in hospitals, public health labs, veterinary labs, pharmaceutical labs, physicians' offices, research institutions and more. Many alumni also put their knowledge to use in the marketing and sales departments of pharmaceutical companies and lab instrument manufacturers, while others build careers in police forensics or in developing laboratory computer applications.
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