of Hawai'i at Manoa
John A. Burns School of Medicine
Department of Medical Technology
1960 East-West Road, Biomed C206
Honolulu, Hawaii 96822
Phone: (808) 956-8557
This is the University of Hawai'i at Manoa with Diamond Head and the Pacific Ocean in the background. The world famous Waikiki is just to the right of the Diamond Head. We are on the island of O'ahu. The pagoda at the lower left is the Biomedical Sciences Building where we are located.
If you are exploring career options in health science, or are already at UH Manoa looking for a fulfilling major,
If you are, or about to become, a certified Medical Lab Technician (MLT) and wish to advance to Medical Lab Scientist (MLS) in 2 years,
New! Just updated, December 5, 2016. A new admission route will start in 2017 for candidates who already have a bachelor's degree. See ADMISSION below.
September 2016. Dr. Takashi Oite, Dr. Kikuo Ikegami and Dr. Yoshimitsu Takahashi from the Niigata University of Health and Welfare visit JABSOM Dean Jerris Hedges and Dr. Satoru Izutsu. The annual student exchange continues.
April 2016. Students presented a poster the the annual JABSOM Biomedical Sciences Symposium. This project compared the specific gravity readings between the refractometer and the reagent strip methods.
April 2015. Students present a poster at the annual John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM), Biomedical Sciences Symposium. This year, JABSOM celebrates its 50th anniversary.
March 2014. Seniors from Niigata University of Health and Welfare, Japan, visited Hawaii to conduct research. UH Manoa Medical Students also participated in data collection. Here is the JABSOM BLOG site for this event.
March 2013. We were granted a full 7-year accreditation from NAACLS! Thanks to everyone's continued support.
September 10-14, 2012. Second class of international exchange students visited us from Niigata University of Health and Welfare, Japan.
Support is Vital!
Much thanks to all the support from the community, affiliate labs, JABSOM administration, faculty, staff and students, we are able to continue and grow. Special Mahalo to the Clinical Labs of Hawaii and the Diagnostic Lab Services for offering major financial support to the program when we most needed it.
The program still needs your support. Your donations will be critical for our students to have the supplies, equipment, reagents, kits, printing of academic posters at symposia, and many many other things they need to become competent lab professionals. The fund is also used to finance exchange trips to Japan. Please consider making a tax-deductible donation to us through the University of Hawaii Foundation (specific designation should be made to Medical Technology fund).
High Tech Materials
The University of Hawai'i at Manoa is located in Honolulu, not very far from the world famous Waikiki beach. Being in the middle of the Pacific, we enjoy diverse people and cultures from all parts of the world.
The University has a number of undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs, and the University of Hawai'i system includes Community Colleges on four islands. Research and service units such as the Cancer Research Center of Hawaii and the Waikiki Aquarium are also part of the University.
The bachelor of science degree in Medical Technology is offered through the Department of Medical Technology in the John A. Burns School of Medicine. The program is fully accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (5600 N. River Road, Suite 720, Rosemont, IL 60018-5119, Phone 773-714-8880, URL http://www.naacls.org)
Here is a brief history of the Medical Technology program.
We aspire to be the top academic and technological center of Medical Laboratory Science in the world and maintain a focus on Asian-Pacific issues.
General Student Learning Outcomes
At the completion of the Medical Technology curriculum, student is able to:
For more information, link to the following sites.
Medical Technologist, or Medical Laboratory Scientist (MLS), is a health care professional who performs lab tests, interprets the data, and manages the clinical laboratory. They are nationally certified to be able to perform the many functions with minimal direction and supervision, organize and plan the routines, evaluate, troubleshoot, and problem solve.
Here is an MLS examining a microscopic specimen. Among many skills a trained MLS is able to perform, he or she can identify leukemia cells, urinary sediments, microorganisms and other important microscopic elements with proficiency.
Using video microscopy, many people can view the image together. This technology is useful in professional conferences as well as a learning tool. The video image can be captured digitally for remote conferencing and future reference.
Medical Technology is a healthcare profession where certified MLSs perform laboratory procedures to help diagnose, monitor, and treat diseases, and to promote health. Many of the MLSs work in hospital or clinic laboratories. Their work directly affects the patients' welfare. An MLS must be able to perform such tasks as microscopic examinations, obtaining blood samples by venipuncture, manipulating various labware, operating automated and semiautomated instruments, and making critical decisions.
There are many specialties in a hospital lab. One area is Microbiology where an MLS isolates and identifies bacteria, fungi, viruses, and parasites that cause illnesses, and determines the effectiveness of antimicrobial agents. DNA technology can quickly identify the cause of infection.
Immunohematology, also known as blood banking, is where an MLS tests and prepares blood units for transfusion. The blood type must be compatible between the patient and the donors and there must not be any harmful antibodies that could cause a potentially fatal transfusion reaction.
Another area is the Clinical Chemistry, where chemical components of blood and body fluids are measured using computerized analyzers. Some of the components include glucose, electrolytes, cholesterol, and enzymes. Liquid (or gas) chromatography and mass spectrometer is used to measure therapeutic drug levels and other compounds. This MLS is pipetting a reagent to begin a complex test.
In Hematology and Hemostasis, an MLS uses automated cell analyzers and a microscope to detect blood disorders such as anemia and leukemia, and determines the cause of bleeding problems. Molecular diagnostic techniques are used to diagnose blood disorders or genetic origin.
An MLS also performs Urinalysis, Body Fluid Analysis, Immunology, and Serology tests. Medical Technology is one of the few scientific careers that you can enter without an advanced graduate degree. Today, career opportunities in hospital and clinical laboratories are plentiful nationwide.
The education and training in Medical Technology can also open doors to lots of other careers. Many of our graduates are successful physicians, biomedical researchers, information (computer) system specialists, hospital administrators, laboratory managers, infection control specialists, college professors, research project coordinators, and governmental program coordinators (e.g., health, agriculture, environmental). Some have also gone into fields like forensic science, cytotechnology, nuclear medicine, and lab-related businesses.
You may be simply exploring academic and career options in health science at this time. Professionals engaged in medical lab work are diverse, each with specific background education/training and tasks. In a typical medical lab, you will find,
To learn more about Medical Lab Technician (MLT) program at the University of Hawai'i, contact the Kapi'olani Community College (KCC) Medical Lab Technician program:
KCC MLT Program
Health Sciences Department
4303 Diamond Head Road, Kauila 122
Honolulu, HI 96816
Phone: (808) 734-9270
When you earn your MLT credential, you then have an option to advance to the Medical Lab Scientist (MLS) level by attending the UH Manoa Medical Technology program (see ADMISSION below).
If you are already on UH Manoa campus, you may designate Pre-Medical Technology (PRE-MEDT) "major." Although PRE-MEDT is not a degree major, you would be able to register for classes as a classified student until you are ready to transfer to KCC MLT program. You should communicate closely with the program advisors at UH Manoa (Medical Technology) and KCC MLT program to make sure your transitions are timely.
Students interested in health profession are all encouraged to visit the UH Manoa Pre-Health/Pre-Law Advising Center. Peer advisors will provide you with wealth of information about related careers and support services available on campus.
Pre-Health / Pre-Law Advising Center
Sinclair Library, Room 108
UH Manoa Medical Technology advisors are available (best to call first to make an appointment) at,
UH Manoa, John A. Burns School of Medicine
Department of Medical Technology
Biomedical Sciences Building, C206
Phone: (808) 956-8557
The Medical Technology program at UHM is a career-pathway curriculum that follows an MLT program. It is very important that you receive a thorough advising so that you can plan your academic track well (pre-requisites, General Education requirements, etc.). Please contact an advisor (either at UH Manoa or Kapi'olani Community College KCC) for any updates on Admission or Curriculum.
To be able to major in Medical Technology, you must provide or have documentations of the following:
Criteria for admission include:
Student may apply to be admitted either in fall or spring semester (note the application deadlines). But because some courses are offered sequentially, the curriculum is generally completed at the end of the spring semester. The lab capacity on campus is 14 students per class. Thus, enrollment may be limited if the number of applications exceeds the capacity.
An MLS performs various procedures that directly impact patient-care. While the University of Hawai'i is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Institution, it is important that every applicant meets certain technical standards (essential functions) prior to being admitted to the Medical Technology program. With appropriate accommodations if needed, all applicants must be able to perform activities listed below.
While in the program, additional, more sophisticated, professional skills are taught. They include laboratory procedures of high complexity, evaluating the methods and results, and making critical decisions that would affect the patient's welfare.
For candidates who already have a Bachelor's degree
If you already have a bachelor's degree, and wish to obtain a second degree in Medical Technology but are not able to follow the MLT-MLS track, you may qualify for admission through the "Second Degree" route. Minimum qualifications:
Upon admission, student will be classified as an undergraduate student in Medical Technology, and must complete the major and graduation requirements as described above plus MEDT 302, MICR 461L and MICR 463L.
Contact the Department academic advisor for more detailed information.
Our curriculum leads to a bachelor of science degree in Medical Technology. Students who earned an MLT (Medical Laboratory Technician) degree and certification are qualified to apply to our program. While majoring in Medical Technology, students study the various lab disciplines at a level appropriate as MLS. In the two-year curriculum, you are expected to learn the knowledge base, master the lab skills, and acquire professionalism as MLS.
The MLT degree prior to admission to our program must consist of all the required education and training specified by the accrediting agency (i.e., NAACLS). To avoid not meeting the pre-requisite level for UH Manoa courses, following courses should be completed before while completing the MLT curriculum (these are applicable to the MLT degree at KCC, and are pre-requisite for higher level courses at Manoa).
CHEM 161/L, 162/L (General Chemistry)
BIOL 171/L (General Biology)
MATH 140 (Pre-calculus) or higher -- this fulfills GEC FS
ENG 100 (Composition) -- this fulfills GEC FW
General Education Core classes applicable to Manoa
Here is a curriculum map for those admitted to the Medical Technology major at UH Manoa. Be sure to add appropriate General Education courses to meet the UH Manoa graduation requirements.
Year 1 Fall Semester
MEDT 301 (The Clinical Laboratory) 3cr
MEDT 331 (Lab Management) 3cr
CHEM 272/L (Organic I) 3cr/2cr
PHYL 301 (Human Anatomy & Physiology I) 4cr
Year 1 Spring Semester
BIOL 172 (Introduction II) 3cr
MEDT 431 (Clinical Microbiology I) 2cr
TRMD 431 (Parasitology) 2cr
MEDT 471 (Clinical Biochemistry I) 4cr
CHEM 273 (Organic II) 3cr
PHYL 302 (Human Anatomy & Physiology II) 4cr
Year 2 Fall Semester
MEDT 472 (Clinical Biochemistry II) 4cr
MEDT 477 (Methods & Analyses I) 3cr
MEDT 451/L (Hematology) 1cr/2cr
MICR 461 (Immunology) 3cr
Year 2 Spring Semeser
MEDT 464 (Immunohematology) 3cr
MEDT 481 (Professional Issues) 1cr
MEDT 478 (Methods & Analyses II) 3cr
MICR 463 (Pathogens) 3cr
BIOL 275 (Cell & Molecular Biology) 3cr
A grade of C or higher in all MEDT courses and senior MICR courses is required to earn a degree in Medical Technology. Only one C-minus, D-plus, or D grade is allowed for non-MEDT math/science requirements. An MEDT course may be repeated once only.
In addition to the courses listed above, you must fulfill the University's General Education Core (GEC) and Graduation requirements for a bachelor's degree. Note, some of the MEDT courses are designated as GEC focus courses.
For more detailed information about the University's General Education Core requirements, visit the Gen Ed website.
For students exploring about the Medical Laboratory field
If you are exploring the Medical Lab field, and are interested in learning more about it, consider registering for MEDT 151 (2). You will learn about the roles of the lab in health, medical terminology, and basic lab math. For anyone interested in health care science, this is a fun and informative course.
You have already acquired much of the clinical experience during your MLT training prior to being admitted to our program. A short clinical training course(MEDT 591) that focuses on the MLS-level skills are offered to our graduates. Training is conducted at affiliate laboratories, and workshops/didactics take place in classrooms on and off Manoa campus.
Our clinical affiliates (2015) are:
Clinical Laboratories of Hawaii
Diagnostic Laboratory Services
Kaiser Permanente Medical Center
Kuakini Medical Center
Tripler Army Medical Center
After successful completion of this six-month clinical training, you become eligible to take the MLS national certification exam from the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP). Alternatively, graduates may qualify for ASCP MLS exam via work experience. See the alternate qualification routes on the ASCP website below. Remember, you would also need a professional license as a Technologist to be employed in a clinical lab in Hawai'i.
The Medical Technology Department needs your continued support. Your donations will be critical for our students to have the supplies, equipment, reagents, kits, and many many other things they need to become competent lab professionals. Please consider making a tax-deductible donation to us through the University of Hawai'i Foundation (specific designation should be made to Medical Technology fund). Mahalo!!
There are many other instructors on campus as well at our clinical affiliates!
For additional information, please feel free to contact us! Click on a picture below to send email.
Y. Teshima, MPH, MT(ASCP)
Here is a short list of links to related sites.
Educational and Reference Sites
Professional Reference and Academic Institute Sites
This document was first created in August, 1995, and is being maintained by Dick Y. Teshima, MPH, MT(ASCP). Much mahalo (that means "thanks" in Hawaiian) to Mr. Jon Nakasone of Information Technology Services, University of Hawai'i at Manoa, for the initial technical support. (Update 4/5/17)