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.

If you are just exploring the Medical Lab field at this time, and want to learn 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. This is a fun and informative course for anyone interested in the health science.

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, the 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/FQ
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
MICR 461L 2cr (required for 2nd degree students)

Year 2 Spring Semeser
MEDT 464 (Immunohematology) 3cr
MEDT 481 (Professional Issues) 1cr
MEDT 478 (Methods & Analyses II) 3cr
MICR 463 (Pathogens) 3cr
MICR 463L 2cr (required for 2nd degree students)
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.

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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.

  • Foundations: 12 credits in Written Communication (FW), Symbolic Reasoning (FS), and Global and Multicultural Perspectives (FG). FQ will replace FS for incoming students effective fall 2018.
  • Diversification: 19 credits in Arts, Humanities and Literatures (DA, DH, HL), Natural Sciences (DB, DP, DY), and Social Sciences (DS)
  • Focus Requirements: One course each in Hawaiian, Asian and Pacific Issues (H), Contemporary Ethical Issues (E), and Oral Communication (O), and Writing Intensive courses (five including at least two numbered 300 and above). Transfer student who does not need the O-Focus must take SP 151 or SP 251.
  • Hawaiian/Second Language: waived for our majors

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

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.

Every clinical affiliate is represented on the Admissions Committee. The number of students admitted each year reflects the number of graduates that affiliates are able to accommodate for the cohort when they graduate. Since MEDT 591 placement is anticipated for each cohort, if you are not graduating with your cohort, inform an advisor so that a slot can be secured for you.

Our clinical affiliates (2018) are:

Adventist Health Castle
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.

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