Program Overview

School of Medical Technology

Medical Technology is an exciting career with diverse opportunities. Also known as Clinical Laboratory Science (CLS) or Medical Laboratory Science (MLS), the field enables practitioners to combine their interests in healthcare and laboratory science.

Under the direction of pathologists and doctoral level clinical scientists, Medical Technologists assist in patient diagnosis and treatment by performing and evaluating clinical laboratory tests in disciplines including chemistry, hematology, immunohematology (blood banking), immunology, molecular diagnostics, and microbiology.

Medical Technologists are expected to develop problem-solving skills and leadership qualities to instruct and supervise supportive personnel as necessary and to take an active part in continuing education and performance improvement activities to assure quality patient care in clinical laboratory services.

Career opportunities exist in a wide range of settings, including hospital laboratories, independent laboratories, clinic and physician office laboratories, state and federal facilities, the clinical diagnostics industry, research facilities, colleges and universities, pharmaceutical companies, public health agencies, and organizations such as the American Red Cross.

Mission Statement

The mission of the Danbury Hospital School of Medical Technology is to prepare our students to become outstanding clinical laboratory science professionals.

Program Goals and Objectives

  • Provide students with an environment and atmosphere that embodies the values of academic excellence, integrity, freedom, cooperation, and responsibility
  • Prepare students to successfully pass a national certification exam
  • Set standards of excellence required for the profession of Medical Technology and Clinical Laboratory Science
  • Educate students to be clinical laboratory professionals who have the knowledge, skills, and values to provide competent end ethical practice in clinical laboratory science
  • Maintain accreditation by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS)

Entry Levels of the Medical Technology Profession

The following refer to skills and abilities expected on a Medical Technologist at career entry, not those that may be acquired with subsequent experience, as described by the American Society of Clinical Pathology (ASCP).

Knowledge

The technologist has an understanding of the underlying scientific principles of laboratory testing as well as the technical, procedural, and problem-solving aspects. The technologist has a general comprehension of the many factors that affect health and disease, and recognizes the importance of proper test selection, the numerous causes of discrepant test results (patient and laboratory), deviations of test results, and ethics including result confidentiality. The technologist correlates abnormal laboratory data with pathologic states, determines validity of test results, and need for additional tests.

The technologist understands and enforces regulatory requirements, safety regulations, uses statistical methods and applies business and economic data in decision making. The technologist has an appreciation of the roles and interrelationships of paramedical and other health related fields and follows the ethical code of conduct for the profession.

Technical Skills

  • Performs full range of chemical, microbiologic, immunologic, hematologic, and immunohematologic laboratory procedures.
  • Participates in the evaluation of new techniques and procedures in the laboratory.

The technologist is capable of performing and interpreting standard, complex, and specialized tests. The technologist has an understanding of quality assurance sufficient to implement and monitor quality control programs. The technologist is able to participate in the introduction, investigation and implementation of new procedures and in the evaluation of new instruments. The technologist evaluates computer-generated data and troubleshoots problems. The technologist understands and uses troubleshooting, validation, statistical, computer, and preventive maintenance techniques to insure proper laboratory operation.

Problem Solving and Analytical Decision Making

  • Evaluates and solves problems related to collection and processing of biological specimens for analysis.
  • Differentiates and resolves technical, instrument, physiologic causes of problems or unexpected test results.

The technologist has the ability to exercise initiative and independent judgment in dealing with the broad scope of procedural and technical problems. The technologist is able to participate in, and may be delegated, the responsibility of decisions involving: quality control/quality assurance programs, instrument and methodology selection, preventive maintenance, safety procedures, reagent purchases, test selection/utilization, research procedures, and computer/statistical data.

Communication

  • Provides administrative and technical consulting services on laboratory testing.

The technologist communicates technical information such as answering inquiries regarding test results, methodology, test specificity and sensitivity and specific factors that can influence test results to other health professionals and consumers. The technologist develops acceptable criteria, laboratory procedure manuals, reports, guidelines, and research protocols.

Teaching and Training Responsibilities

  • Incorporates principles of educational methodology in the instruction of laboratory personnel, other health care professionals and consumers.

The technologist provides instruction in theory, technical skills, safety protocols, and application of laboratory test procedures. The technologist provides continuing education for laboratory personnel and maintains technical competence. The technologist may participate in the evaluation of the effectiveness of educational programs.

Supervision and Management

  • Gives direction and guidance to technical and support personnel.

The technologist has an understanding of management theory, economic impact and management functions. The technologist participates in and takes responsibility for establishing technical and administrative procedures, quality control/quality assurance, standards of practice, safety and waste management procedures, information management and cost effective measures. The technologist supervises laboratory personnel.

Tuition and Refund Policy

A tuition fee of $5,000 is currently charged by the hospital. A non-refundable deposit in the amount of $1,000 due upon acceptance of the offer of admission is required. This deposit will be applied toward the tuition fee. Full payment of the balance due of $4,000 is payable no later than the first day of the program. (Checks made payable to Danbury Hospital). If a student withdraws from the School of Medical Technology during the first 30 days of the program, $4,000.00 (tuition minus the nonrefundable deposit) will be refunded. After the first 30 days, there is no refund.

Tuition does not include:

  • Books and supplies (approx. $600.00)
  • Personal living expenses (room and board, food, utilities)
  • Transportation costs (to and from campus)

Students who have not received a baccalaureate degree may be required to pay their degree-awarding institution an administrative fee and/or a full or partial tuition fee. Please contact your college/university Medical Technology advisor for specific fee information that may apply.

National Certification Passing Rate (ASCP BOC)

The Danbury Hospital Medical Technology Students had a passing rate of 100% in year 2011, 80% in year 2010 and 80% in year 2009.

For More Information

Please contact us if you have questions about the Medical Technology School of Allied Health program at Danbury Hospital, or if you would like additional information.




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