Medical Technologist Career in South Carolina
Those who want to pursue South Carolina medical technologist careers (sometimes known as a clinical laboratory scientists) can find a course of study in South Carolina at community and technical colleges, colleges and universities throughout the state. Through these institutions students can earn an associate, bachelors or master’s degree. In addition, there is also distance learning opportunities available. Typically, a medical technologist earns a Bachelor of Science degree in biology, chemistry physical or clinical laboratory science and completes clinical rotations.
For college students in their senior year or recent graduates with a Bachelor of Science degree in biology or chemistry and a minimum GPA of 2.5, the South Carolina Hospital Association (SCHA) offers the Laboratory Science Fast Track Program, which includes free tuition and training at hospitals in South Carolina.
The South Carolina Area Health Education Consortium (AHEC) Health Careers Program, a cooperative effort of several South Carolina universities and teaching hospitals, began as one of the originally federally funded AHEC programs, is established to raise the number of South Carolina students who chose to enter professions in health care. The organization works to educate, recruit and retain health care providers and can provide information and resources to South Carolina’s prospective students.
South Carolina also has a health career education resources database with information about agencies and organizations that help minorities and under-served South Carolina residents who may be considering a medical career such as that of a medical technologist.