Categorical Certificate Training Program - Overview
Addresses the critical shortage of Clinical Laboratory Scientists (Medical Technologists) by providing rapid training for individuals who possess a baccalaureate or advanced degree in chemistry, biology or other basic sciences.
Nationwide, there is a 14% vacancy rate among Clinical Laboratory Scientists (Medical Technologists) and this critical shortage will worsen after 2008 when sizeable numbers of professionals working in the field are expected to retire. Many of Maryland’s employers are encouraging students to enroll in medical technology programs by offering tuition stipends or sign-on bonuses.
Students enrolled in this program become eligible for certification as Categorical Medical Technologists through the American Society for Clinical Pathology and/or the National Credentialing Agency.
- Program length varies with specialty and semester of entry.
- Spring admission: two semesters plus clinical rotation
- Fall admission: three semesters plus clinical rotation
- For the Blood Bank Categorical Certificate, applicants must already be employed in a blood bank laboratory to be eligible for admission
Why the Department of Medical & Research Technology (DMRT)?
- State-of-the-art facilities
- Small class size and high faculty-to-student ratio
- Internships available at hospital laboratories
- Graduates receive an average of four job offers prior to graduation
- Increases the marketability of individuals into the health professions.
- Expands employment opportunities.
- In 2007, Maryland DMRT graduates seeking employment received job offers prior to graduation with an average salary of $46,900.
- Provides preparation for a profession with a well-defined career ladder in hospital laboratories, public and private research laboratories, as well as in education.
- Provides preparation for a profession that offers long-term flexibility, stability and advancement.
- Provides an excellent academic foundation for the pursuit of advanced degrees.
Accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Science