Getting to grips with their health problem is top priority for any patient – and that’s a medical technologist’s forte. Using sophisticated scientific equipment, you analyse blood, cells, DNA and body fluids to find anomalies. Your investigative work assists doctors in their diagnosis of patients’ medical conditions.
Besides looking for bacteria, parasites and other microorganisms, you will examine the chemical content of body fluids and match blood for transfusions. By testing for drug levels in a patient's blood, you will know how he is responding to treatment.
To ensure accuracy, you will also perform equipment validations and calibrations, exercise quality control and recognise factors that can introduce errors in the test results.
Blood transfusion medicine
Assisted reproductive medicine
Diploma in biomedical sciences/biotechnology/molecular biotechnology
Bachelor’s degree in science (biomedical science/biological sciences/laboratory medicine/life sciences/medical laboratory science/molecular biology)
Local polytechnics and universities
Recognised overseas institutions
Three to four years
Note:The allied health practitioner may not be able to conduct the full range of services and activities listed above, as the scope of practice depends on the level of training, experience and competence attained. The onus is on the employer and the practitioner to ensure that all services and activities are conducted within the scope of competence of the respective practitioner.
Medical Social Worker
Prosthetist & Orthotist
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