Partnerships between two UH campuses and with two Hawaiʻi companies have resuscitated the state’s only professional training program in medical technology.
A new career pathways agreement streamlines students’ transition from Kapiʻolani Community College’s accredited Medical Lab Technician program into the baccalaureate program in medical technology at UH Mānoa’s John A. Burns School of Medicine.
The BS option is available thanks to financial support from Clinical Laboratories of Hawaiʻi and Diagnostic Laboratory Services. The firms provided more than $100,000 to support a full-time faculty member for two years after budget cuts threatened the program’s future.
“Without the willingness of these major employers of laboratory professionals to help, we couldn’t have continued the medical technology program,” notes Jerris Hedges, JABSOM dean.