Research career paths in medical laboratory technology, to include the levels of education and job opportunities applicable within each pathway.
DefinitionResearching should include consulting authoritative, current sources to determine educational requirements, career benefits and drawbacks, employment outlooks, salaries, and job descriptions. Research should include opportunities for qualified job seekers at all levels of educational preparation, including
- non-degreed phlebotomist/clinical laboratory assistant
- AAS-degreed certified medical laboratory technician/clinical laboratory technician
- BS-degreed medical laboratory scientist/clinical laboratory scientist
- BS-degreed pre-medicine graduate
- MS-degreed clinical laboratory scientist
- PhD-degreed professional in science-specific discipline.
- reference laboratory
- physician office
- acute care facility
- health maintenance organization (HMO)
- government agency
- forensic laboratory
- consulting services
- information technology (IT) field.
- What colleges and universities offer programs in medical technology in Virginia? In nearby states?
- Which postsecondary programs are considered among the strongest in the United States?
- What classes should a student take in high school to prepare for a career in medical technology?
- How have national initiatives (e.g., Homeland Security legislation, Human Genome Project) affected job opportunities in medical technology?
- How has television affected the level of interest in medical technology careers?
Related Standards of Learning
The student will read, interpret, analyze, and evaluate a variety of nonfiction texts.
- Use critical thinking to generate and respond logically to literal, inferential, and evaluative questions about the text(s).
- Identify and synthesize resources to make decisions, complete tasks, and solve specific problems.
- Analyze multiple texts addressing the same topic to determine how authors reach similar or different conclusions.
- Recognize and analyze use of ambiguity, contradiction, paradox, irony, overstatement, and understatement in text.
- Analyze false premises claims, counterclaims, and other evidence in persuasive writing.
The student will analyze, evaluate, synthesize, and organize information from a variety of credible resources to produce a research product.
- Frame, analyze, and synthesize information to solve problems, answer questions, and generate new knowledge.
- Analyze information gathered from diverse sources by identifying misconceptions, main and supporting ideas, conflicting information, point of view, or bias.
- Critically evaluate the accuracy, quality, and validity of the information.
- Cite sources for both quoted and paraphrased ideas using a standard method of documentation, such as that of the Modern Language Association (MLA) or the American Psychological Association (APA).
- Define the meaning and consequences of plagiarism and follow ethical and legal guidelines for gathering and using information.
- Demonstrate ethical use of the Internet.
History and Social Science
The student will demonstrate skills for historical thinking, geographical analysis, economic decision making, and responsible citizenship by
- planning inquiries by synthesizing information from diverse primary and secondary sources;
- analyzing how political and economic trends influence public policy, using demographic information and other data sources;
- comparing and contrasting historical, cultural, economic, and political perspectives;
- evaluating critically the quality, accuracy, and validity of information to determine misconceptions, fact and opinion, and bias;
- constructing informed, analytic arguments using evidence from multiple sources to introduce and support substantive and significant claims;
- explaining how cause-and-effect relationships impact political and economic events;
- taking knowledgeable, constructive action, individually and collaboratively, to address school, community, local, state, national, and global issues;
- using a decision-making model to analyze the costs and benefits of a specific choice, considering incentives and possible consequences;
- applying civic virtues and democratic principles to make collaborative decisions; and
- communicating conclusions orally and in writing to a wide range of audiences, using evidence from multiple sources and citing specific sources.
Other Related Standards
Common Career Technical Core
Determine academic subject matter, in addition to high school graduation requirements, necessary for pursuing a health science career.