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Medical Technology at UHMānoa

*Students interested in medical laboratory profession are urged to contact the Department advisor to learn about the new 2+2 MLS curriculum. There is a nation-wide shortage of qualified medical laboratory professionals. Please call or drop by the office to make an appointment with an advisor:

Dick Teshima, MPH, MT
John A. Burns School of Medicine
Department of Medical Technology
Office: Biomedical Sciences C-206
Phone: (808) 956-8557

(Text compiled from the American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science webstie,, the UHM 2013-2014 Catalog, and UHM's Medical Technology website,

Medical Technology programs offered in Hawai'i: University of Hawai'i at Mānoa, Bachelors of Science

Medical Technology and Clinical Laboratory Science Programs
Prerequisites for Admission
Contact Information
Additional Information
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Medical Technology (MedT or MedTech), also known as Clinical Laboratory Science (CLS), is a healthcare profession in which practitioners perform laboratory procedures, such as venipuncture and microscopic examinations to help in diagnosing, treating and monitoring diseases. The field encompasses many disciplines, including microbiology (isolating and identifying organisms and testing antimicrobial agents); immunohematology (blood banking); clinical chemistry (measuring chemical components of blood and bodily fluids, such as urinalysis, immunology, serology); and hematology and hemostasis (diagnosing disorders using a microscope and cell analyzers).

Practitioners, called medical technologists or clinical laboratory scientists, often work in hospital or clinic laboratories, but many also work in reference labs, physicians’ offices, research and DNA laboratories, medical examiners’ offices and crime labs, veterinary clinics, and laboratory industries. Some practitioners go on to pursue careers as forensic scientists, researchers, educators, or health administrators.

MedTech, or CLS, evolves constantly in response to advances in technology and is growing rapidly. Career opportunities are plentiful nationwide.

Related fields include Medical Lab Technician (MLT), Forensics, laboratory sciences, and research.

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Medical Technology and Clinical Laboratory Science Programs

Medical technology, or clinical laboratory science, is one of the few health careers that you can enter with an undergraduate degree, certification, and licensure.

Technicians (MLT or CLT) complete Associate degrees (2-3 years), and scientists (MedTech or CLS) complete Bachelor degrees (4-5 years).
A certificate or graduate degree commands a higher salary and usually speeds promotion and advancement.

Associate degree (2-3 years);
            Bachelor degree (4-5 years).

            Optional further education:
                        Certificate (1 year)
Master degree (2-3 years)

A Doctorate in Clinical Laboratory Science (DCLS) is currently under discussion but not yet a reality. Becoming a laboratory director usually requires a doctorate in a related field, such as the biological sciences, chemistry, management, or education.

Kapi’olani Community College offers an Associate degree in MLT; UHM offers both a Bachelor of Science in Medical Technology and a Post-baccalaureate Certification in Clinical Training.

Students who graduate from an accredited program are eligible to take the national certification exam, offered by both the National Credentialing Agency for Laboratory Personnel (NCA) and the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP).

Some states, including Hawaii, also require licensing. State laws on licensure vary but usually include minimum competency requirements, continuing education requirements, and licensing fees. All medical technologists and clinical lab scientists must be licensed in order to practice!

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Prerequisites for Admission

Students enter UHM’s MedTech program at the Junior level and must apply to be accepted. To be eligible for admission, students must have completed an accredited Associate degree in MLT that includes all required education and training specified by NAACLS. Students who complete KAP's MLT program are eligible to apply.

Note: All applicants to UHMs MedTech program must have completed the following courses.

Required for admission to KAP’s MLT program:

ENG 100 or higher                 3cr.
Composition I
MATH 103 or higher              3cr.
Fundamentals of College Algebra
BIOL 130 or                           4cr.
Anatomy & Physiology I
BIOL 171 or                  3cr.
General Biology I
ZOOL 141 and 142       6cr.
Human Anatomy & Physiology I and II
CHEM 161/162L                    4cr.
General Chemistry I & Lab
MLT 100                                 1cr.
Introduction to the Clinical Laboratory

Recommended for KAP's MLT Program

CHEM 162/162L                                4cr.
General Chemistry II & Lab
MICRO 130                                        3cr.
General Microbiology
MICRO 161                                        2cr.
Immunology & Protein Chemistry
Social science elective                         3cr.
Arts and Humanities elective                3cr.

Required for admission to UHM's MedTech Program

ENG 100                                 FW

Composition I

MATH 140                                 FS

Pre-calculus, recommended

BIOL 171/171L                   DB,DY

Introductory Biology

*MICR 130                  

General Microbiology

*MICR 161        

Immunology & Protein Chemistry

CHEM 161/161L                       DP

General Chemistry I & Lab

*CHEM 162/162L          

General Chemistry II & Lab


You also need national certification as an MLT.
*Recommended for KAP’s MLT program

Additional General Education Requirements for graduation from UHM:

DA/DH/DL elective (Two different groups)              6cr.
DS elective (Two different departments)                6cr.
FG (Two different groups)                                      6cr.

Note: Students from other MLT programs must have equivalent course work.

In addition to the courses listed above, you must also fulfill the General Education Core ( in order to complete the Bachelor degree. The Hawaiian/Second Language requirement is waived for Medical Technology majors.

You may either start at KAP and transfer to UHM, or start at UHM, transfer to KAP to complete the MLT program, then return to UHM.

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UHM’s MedTech department is part of the John A. Burns School of Medicine. To be eligible for admission, applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Associate degree in MLT from KAP or equivalent;
  • National certification as MLT by the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP);
  • Minimum 2.5 GPA at KAP (*if transfer student, GPA will be calculated based on relevant MLT courses only); and
  • Submit a complete application before the deadline

For those who earned the MLT degree from colleges other than KAP, eligibility will be determined based on course work, GPA (overall and math/science), interviews, essays and external evaluations.

You must also be able to perform the following essential functions:

  • Manipulate labware to transfer or prepare reagents and samples (e.g., pipet, charge hemocytometers, prepare blood smears).
  • Operate simple instruments according to instructions (e.g., cell counter, centrifuge, spectrophotometer).
  • Perform microscopic examination on various specimens and report the results (e.g., leukocyte differential counts, cell morphology, urinary sediments).
  • Follow written and verbal directions to perform laboratory tests and report results.

Students may apply to be admitted in the Fall or Spring semesters. Because some courses are offered sequentially, the curriculum is generally completed at the end of Spring semester. Applications are available through the MedTech office. Applications require:

  • application form
  • transcripts
  • an essay
  • two personal evaluations
  • an interview

UHM’s MedTech program is looking for students who enjoy science, are detail-oriented, are able to multi-task and prioritize, and are well-organized. Criteria for admission are listed on the website.
A six-month Clinical Training (MEDT 591) follows graduation. After Clinical Training, you are eligible to take an exam administered by a national certification agency. In Hawaii, both the certification and the state licensure are required for employment. Alternatively, with an MLT certification and a bachelor’s degree, 2 years of work experience would qualify you to challenge your MLS national certification by the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP). Contact the academic advisor or the certification agency for detailed information.

Additional requirements include professional liability insurance, which costs about $40 per year, and immunizations (immunization for Hepatitis B virus is highly recommended). Clinical affiliates for MEDT 591 may have additional requirements (e.g., specific immunizations, TB clearance, CPR/AED training, criminal background check, etc.).

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Contact Information

UHM Department of Medical Technology
Office: Biomedical Sciences C-206
Phone: (808) 956-8557
Fax: (808) 956-5457


Mailing address: 1960 East-West Road; Honolulu, HI  96822

KAP MLT Program
Health Sciences Department
Phone: (808) 734-9270
Mailing address: 4303 Diamond Head Road, Kauila 122; Honolulu, HI 96816

For advising at UHM, contact:
            Dick Y. Teshima, MPH, MT, Department Chair
Biomed C-201

Sheri M. Gon
Biomed C-206

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Additional Information

UHMānoa's Pre-Health/Pre-Law Advising Center (PAC) has reference books, lists of volunteer opportunities, academic planning worksheets, and one-on-one advising by peers who can help you prepare for your MedTech program.

UHM's Division of Medical Technology
American Medical Technologists
American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science
National Credentialing
American Society for Clinical Pathology
National Accrediting Agency for CLS
Preparing for Graduate School by the Honors Program

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