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Emily Wahrendorf

"I love medicine, but I prefer to be behind the scenes of patient care. I like the testing in the lab. You have to know so much and relate it to the patient. Lab people are methodical and process-oriented. I want to be involved, doing the lab work that's significant to the treatment of patients."
— Emily Wahrendorf

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About this Career

Medical Technologists (also known as clinical laboratory scientists) develop, perform and supervise laboratory testing that is used to diagnose and treat disease and to provide vital data for research studies.

After graduation, many medical technologists work in hospital or physicians' office laboratories conducting a wide range of laboratory measurements from simple blood tests to complex analyses for cancer, AIDS, viruses, bone marrow abnormalities, therapeutic drug monitoring, infectious disease and molecular diagnoses.

Graduates are also prepared for careers that research and develop products used to prevent and treat human disease. They also work in academic settings with medical scientists performing experiments as part of research studies, or in industrial laboratories producing vaccines and other drugs.

While a degree in medical technology provides immediate career opportunities after graduation, it is also a good foundation for advanced degrees in medicine or science, or for a career in other medically related fields such as physician's assistant.

We encourage prospective students to visit a clinical laboratory near you, tour the lab at Upstate, or call the Clinical Laboratory Science Department to discuss career options.

Bachelor of Science Degree Program

The Program accepts 20 students each year.

Graduates of this program are eligible to apply for New York State licensure as a Clinical Laboratory Technologist.

Graduates are eligible to sit for the national certifying examination given by the Board of Certification of the American Society of Clinical Pathologists and other certifying agencies.

Master of Science Degree Program

This program provides advanced training to experienced medical technologists. Master's students specialize in one of three areas: chemistry, hematology, or microbiology. Master's students also select a minor area of concentration in either management/ supervision, education or basic science.

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