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.
The mission of the Danbury Hospital School of Medical Technology is to prepare our
students to become outstanding clinical laboratory science professionals.
- 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
- Maintain accreditation by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory
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).
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
- 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.
- 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.
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