Health Professions Advising Office (HPAO)

University of Mississippi

Medical Technology

picture of glass vials being filled with liquidAt the University of Mississippi, Medical Technology is considered a 3+1 program This Bachelor of Arts degree is awarded by the University of Mississippi, with the last year/professional clinical year completed in Tupelo, MS at the North Mississippi Medical Center. It generally takes about three years to complete the pre-requisite courses needed before applying to the program.   

Admission to the medical technology program is competitive.  Presently, only one institution is approved as an affiliate in the 3+1 program, the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo, MS.  A grade of C or better must be obtained in the prerequisite courses with a minimum of 2.6 grade point average.  There is no guarantee of admission.  However, once admitted to UM, you will be assigned an academic counselor who will ensure that you have the pre-requisite courses prior to applying.  Our office not only keeps students on track with pre-requisites, we provide tutoring, application assistance, mock interviews to help prepare for the actual interview, and help with locating schools based on the student’s criteria.   

 

photo with objects showcasing body fluid samples in the foreground and a scientist looking into the microscope in the backgroundAbout Medical Technology

In a clinical laboratory setting, medical technologists perform and/or supervise the performance of analytical testing of blood, body fluids, urine, and other types of biological specimens.  Medical technologists may also work with bacteria and viruses, help prepare units of blood for transfusionhelp diagnose bleeding disorders and perform toxicology screens.  Using critical thinking skills and a high degree of subjective judgment is often a part of performing, evaluating, and troubleshooting laboratory data. 

 

For more information regarding medical technologists’ salary, job outlook, and resources visit Explorehealthcareers website.