Bachelor of Science in Medical Technology

University of Hawai'i at Manoa
John A. Burns School of Medicine
Department of Medical Technology

1960 East-West Road, Biomed C206
Honolulu, Hawaii 96822

(808) 956-8557

WE ARE ACCEPTING STUDENTS NOW!! The program is a career-pathway structure where MLTs are able to obtain bachelor's degree to become MLS in two years. Application is accepted for either fall or spring admission. For admission information, see ADMISSION below.

U.H. campus with Diamond Head background

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 Diamond Head. We are on the island of O'ahu, in the city of Honolulu. The pagoda at the lower left is the Biomedical Sciences Building where we are located.



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.

Students posing in front of their poster.

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.

Niigata students visiting U.H.M.

Much thanks to all the support from the community, affiliate labs, JABSOM administration, faculty, staff and students to allow our program 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.

The program still needs your 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 Hawaii Foundation (specific designation to Medical Technology fund).

University of Hawaii Foundation

High Tech Materials

Labs Are Vital: Great professional stories, from Abbott. Read what MLSs really do.

Diagnostic Detectives, a recruiting video by Michigan State University.

A recruitment flyer made by Kaiser Permaente.

A PDF presentation about medical lab profession made by Kaiser Permanente.


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[UH Logo]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 see 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

A brief history of the Medical Technology program, including a PowerPoint slide show.

Our Vision:

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.

Our Mission:

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.

M.L.S. using a video microscope 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 microscopic elements proficiently.

M.L.S. showing cells on video microscope monitor 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 future reference.

Medical Technology is a healthcare profession where certified technologists (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.

M.L.S. preparing bacteriology cultures There are many areas in the hospital laboratory. 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.

M.L.S. examining tubes for agglutination 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 transfusion reaction.

M.L.S. pipeting a solutionAnother area is the Clinical Chemistry, where chemical components of blood and body fluids are measured using computerized instruments. Some of the components include glucose, electrolytes, cholesterol, and enzymes. This MLS is pipetting a reagent to begin a complex test.

M.L.S. viewing through a microscope In Hematology and Hemostasis areas, an MLS uses automated cell analyzers and a microscope to detect blood disorders such as anemia or leukemia, and determines the cause of various bleeding problems. Molecular diagnostic techniques are used to diagnose genetic disorders.

An MLS also performs Urinalysis, Body Fluid Analysis, Immunology, and Serology. Medical Technology is one of the few scientific careers that you can enter with just a bachelor's 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 business.



The Medical Technology program at UHM is a career-pathway curriculum that follows an MLT program. It is very important that you receive thorough advising so that you can plan your academic track (pre-requisites, General Education requirements, etc.). Please contact an advisor (either at Manoa or KCC) for any recent updates on Admission or Curriculum.

To be able to major in Medical Technology, you must provide or document the following:

Contact info for the Kapi'olani Community College Medical Lab Technician program:
KCC MLT Program
Health Sciences Department
4303 Diamond Head Road, Kauila 122
Honolulu, HI 96816
Phone: (808) 734-9270
Criteria for admission include:

Student may apply to be admitted either in fall or spring semester. But because some courses are offered sequentially, the curriculum is generally completed at the end of 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 such as those listed below.

While in the program, additional professional skills are taught. They include laboratory procedures of high complexity level, evaluating the methods and results, and making critical decisions that could affect the patient's welfare.



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, they 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). In addition, following courses should be completed before admission (these are required for the MLT degree at KCC, and are pre-requisite for higher level courses at Manoa).

CHEM 161/L, 162/L (General Chemistry)
BIOL 171 (General Biology) -- BIOL 171L is recommended
MATH 140 (Pre-calculus) or higher -- this fulfills GEC FS
ENG 100 (Composition) -- this fulfills GEC FW
General Education Core classes applicable to Manoa
A curriculum map for those admitted to the Medical Technology major at UH Manoa:

Year 1 Fall Semester

MEDT 301 (The Clinical Laboratory)
MEDT 331 (Lab Management)
CHEM 272/L (Organic I)
PHYL 301 (Human Anatomy & Physiology I)
Year 1 Spring Semester
BIOL 172 (Introduction II)
MEDT 431 (Clinical Microbiology I)
TRMD 431 (Parasitology)
MEDT 471 (Clinical Biochemistry I)
CHEM 273 (Organic II)
PHYL 302 (Human Anatomy & Physiology II)
Year 2 Fall Semester
MEDT 472 (Clinical Biochemistry II)
MEDT 477 (Methods & Analyses I)
MEDT 451/L (Hematology)
MICR 461 (Immunology)
Year 2 Spring Semeser
MEDT 464 (Immunohematology)
MEDT 481 (Professional Issues)
MEDT 478 (Methods & Analyses II)
MICR 463 (Pathogens)
BIOL 275 (Cell & Molecular Biology)
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 BS degree (see UHM catalog for details). Some of the MEDT courses fulfill the GEC focus requirements.

For more detailed information about the University's General Education Core requirements, visit the Gen Ed website.

Much of the clinical experience is already obtained during your MLT training prior to being admitted to our program. Optional clinical training (MEDT 591) that focuses on the MLS-level skills are offered to our graduates. Training is conducted at affiliate laboratories, and workshops/seminars take place in classrooms on and off Manoa campus.

Our clinical affiliates (2010) 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, a student becomes 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. A professional license as a Technologist is also required to be employed in Hawai'i.

The Medical Technology Department still needs your financial 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 Hawaii Foundation (specific designation to Medical Technology fund). Mahalo!!

University of Hawaii Foundation


Claire Ying
For additional information, please feel free to contact us! Click on a picture below to send email.

Email Dick Teshima Dick Y. Teshima, MPH, MT(ASCP)
Associate Professor & Chair
Email Marsha KatoMarsha Kato

There are many other instructors on campus as well at our clinical affiliates!


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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 4/14/15)