Medical technologists, the laboratory scientists who analyze body fluids and tissues, fill an extremely important role in the field of medicine.

They use high-powered microscopes and other complex equipment to perform a range of tests and laboratory procedures, which assists doctors in diagnosing and treating disease. It’s a challenging program, but if you have a passion for science and healthcare, it can lead to a rewarding and secure career.


The medical technology major at Coker offers a solid base of knowledge in biology, chemistry, and mathematics, plus the specialized training needed to pursue a career in medical technology. During the fourth year of study at McLeod Regional Medical Center, you will complete a fifty-two week program integrating classroom studies and practical experience.

In order to be considered for admission into the clinical portion of the program, you must meet the following requirements:

  • minimum SAT of 450 on both verbal and mathematics (minimum 900 total);
  • maintain an overall grade point average of 2.5 with a science grade point of 2.6;
  • complete all college Liberal Arts Studies Program requirements; and
  • complete the required biology, chemistry and mathematics courses


For a more detailed explanation of requirements, including course descriptions, download the Academic Catalog.

A degree in medical technology provides the specialized training you need to pursue a secure and fulfilling career in a growing field. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of medical laboratory technologists is expected to grow by 11 percent between 2010 and 2020. Most medical technicians work in hospitals or laboratories. The most common fields are blood banking, chemistry, hematology, immunology and microbiology, but the skills and knowledge acquired through a medical technology degree can apply to numerous career paths.

For more information on potential career paths, click here.

Examples of alternate career paths you can follow with your medical technology degree:

  • Analytical Chemist
  • Cytotechnologist
  • Microbiologist
  • Bacteriologist
  • Food and Drug Inspector
  • Parasitologist
  • Biochemist
  • Hemotherapist
  • Pharmaceutical Sales Rep.
  • Blood Bank Technologist
  • Histologist
  • Public Health Specialist
  • Chemist
  • Medical Equipment Sales Rep.
  • Quality Control Specialist
  • Clinical Chemistry Technologist
  • Medical Laboratory Manager
  • Research Assistant
  • Clinical Pathologist
  • Medical Librarian
  • Toxicologist
  • Crime Lab Analyst
  • Medical Technologist
Paula Bailey

Paula Bailey, Ph.D.

Professor of Biology; Chair of the Department of Science & Mathematics; Coordinator of the Medical Technology Program; Pre-Health Advisor