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Medical Technology

Medical TechnologyMedical Technology helps solve the mysteries of a person's health and provide a clearer picture of a person's physical well-being.

A medical technologist tests and analyzes blood, body fluids, and tissue samples in a timely manner for patients. Medical technologists also are responsible for operating and maintaining the equipment used to analyze specimens.

Medical technologists are in-demand and essential in all 50 states as they specifically:

  • Collect lab samples (blood, urine, etc.)
  • Run clinical screens (cholesterol, CBC, glucose levels, identification of pathogens, etc.)
  • Maintain all diagnostic hospital lab equipment

Medical TechnologyMedical technologists work in:

  • Hospital, veterinary, or dental clinical laboratories
  • Blood banks
  • Research laboratories
  • Forensic science laboratories

Due to world events, this career has only grown in its relevance and need. Overall employment of Medical Laboratory Technologists is projected to grow 11 percent from 2018 to 2028, much faster than the average for all occupations with competitive salaries. (Bureau of Labor Statistics 2019). *Salaries range from $41,550 to $85,160 with the median salary being $61,070.

*The salaries are based on 2016 data obtained by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Please note that these salaries do not take into account geographic and practice setting differences, or differences in salary based on training or certification status.

Medical Technology program overview

Medical Technology is one of our most technical and hands-on degree programs, which provides training in laboratory Biology and Chemistry.

This 3+1 -- three years at Clarion University and one year at a Clinical Training Hospital accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences -- provides ample experience to become a certified medical technologist. We have a 100 percent placement of applicants above a 3.0 GPA in a clinical program as well as a 100 percent pass rate on the Pennsylvania registry exam.

Clarion Program Coursework Hospital Clinic Coursework
One year of general biology Clinical microbiology
One year of general chemistry Clinical chemistry
One year of organic chemistry Serology
Cell biology Hematology
General genetics Blood banking
General microbiology Laboratory management


Hospital Clinical Sites

Upon successful completion of two years of prescribed courses at Clarion, the student is eligible to apply for admission to the hospital clinical. Applications is made through the office of the coordinator of medical technology at Clarion, but acceptance is at the discretion of the staff of the clinical school.

Clinical school spaces are limited, and admission to the Medical Technology program at Clarion does not guarantee admission to the clinical school year. Clarion University maintains affiliations with eight clinical schools; students may apply to accredited, non-affiliated schools also.

Hospital/Network Location
Allegheny Health Network St. Vincent Hospital, Erie, Pa.
Altoona Regional Medical Center Altoona, Pa.
UPMC Chautauqua Medical Laboratory Science Program Jamestown, N.Y.
Conemaugh Health System Johnstown, Pa.
Guthrie Health Systems Sayre, Pa.
Pennsylvania College of Health Sciences Lancaster, Pa.
Rochester General Hospital Rochester, N.Y.
Susquehanna Health Williamsport, Pa.

Medical TechnologyAfter completion of the clinical year and the awarding of the Bachelor of Science in Medical Technology degree by Clarion University, students sit for standardized examinations sponsored by accrediting agencies for medical technology. These are: the American Society of Clinical Pathologists and American Medical Technologists.

Medical Technologists

Upon successful completion of the exams, students become registered medical technologists and permits practice of the profession in most of the United States. Some states also have their own registry examinations.

Over the last 10 years, our students' first-try pass rate for the registry is 100 percent. Students who do not pass the first time may take the exam again after a short waiting period.

Courtesy Faculty in Medical Technology

Allegheny Health Network, Erie

  • Jeffrey Richmond, M.D., Medical Director, School of Medical Technology
  • Stephen M. Johnson, M.S., M.T., (ASCP), Program Director, School of Medical Technology

UPMC Altoona, Altoona

  • Mushtaq H. Khalid, M.D., Medical Director, School of Medical Technology/Clinical Laboratory Science
  • Deborah J. Pallas-Riley, M.Ed., MT (ASCP) Program Director,School of Medical Technology

Conemaugh Valley Memorial Hospital, Johnstown

  • Harold Ashcraft, M.D., Medical Director of Laboratory Service
  • Melissa Shaffer, MT(ASCP), Program Director, Medical Technology

Pennsylvania College of Health Sciences

  • Carol Bond, MA, MT (ASCP), Program Director & Chair, Medical Laboratory Science Program
  • Robert Packer Hospital/Guthrie Health Systems, Sayre, PA
  • Brian D. Spezialetti, M.S.Ed., M.T. (ASCP), Program Director, School of Clinical Laboratory Sciences

Rochester Regional Health Hospital

  • Nancy C. Mitchell, M.S., MT(ASCP), DLM, Program Director
  • Roberto Vargas, M.D., Medical Director

Susquehanna Health, Williamsport

  • Donald Leathers, M.D., Medical Advisor, School of Clinical Laboratory Science
  • Christine M. Wheary, M.S., MT (ASCP), Program Director Clinical Laboratory Science


  • William A. Geary, M.D., Ph.D., Medical Director, Medical Laboratory Science Program
  • Michele G. Harms, M.S., M.L.S. (ASCP), Program Director, Medical Laboratory Science Program
Last Updated 2/23/21