Three Years After BS Medical Technology Graduation: Lessons, Wisdoms, and Thoughts

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Warning: This article contains strong and provoking words that may discourage some of the readers who are currently taking bachelor of science in medical technology and/or bachelor of science in laboratory science as it is called now.

UPDATE (3/12/2012): The comment section for this article is closed because it has gotten too long. You can find other articles related to medtech here.

BS Medical Technology (BSMT) or also known as medtech was one of the best science course one can take in Adventist University of the Philippines (AUP) during my study there. The sight of medtech clinical students (CD) wearing white uniform and black pants for the guys with a silver name tag shining sent an exclusive image for those who wear it.

The course was designed to only allows the smartest and the brightest to survive. It was famous for its hectic schedule, long laboratory hours, and difficult curriculum. All of these create a mysterious impression of the course itself and its students altogether.

Having all of these characteristics plus the banner that constantly announced the course’s top notchers in the Philippines medical technology board exam, the course receives high respect from the campus community. Thus the future seems bright for the medtech graduates.

However, the question is, is it true? Is the future really going to be dazzling for the medtech graduates, who are mostly the brightest students of the campus? This is the question that I’m trying to answer through this article.

Medical Technology Graduates Different Professions

Three years after I graduate from medical technology and I realize it is still a short period for concluding about the course’s graduate performance. However, from my observation there is no much difference though the period is lengthened. Most of the medical technologist are working in hospital and clinic laboratories, which does not provide much room for career advancement besides to become the laboratory department head.

Then there are medical technologist who work in hospitals but not necessarily in laboratories, they might work in other hospital departments.

The remaining of the medical technology graduate does not work in hospital nor clinic at all.

Different Motivations

Every individual has different motivations, something that drives the individual to choose what he/she choose. There are certainly many different reasons why someone chose medical technology as bachelor’s degree course.

I personally chose BSMT because I was going to take medical school (which deferred permanently) and also because for the course pride. I thought I deserve to be in one of the most respected course in AUP. I wanted to be one of the elite.

I know some of my batchmates who have motivation that is not so difference with mine.

Other medical technologists I know have different stories about how they took the course. One that I personally know said that she took medical technology because it was the course that has the shortest ‘pila’ (queue) during registration day.

There is no right or wrong when it comes to motivations why someone take BSMT. However, if money was one single motivation then I suggest the person to take a course shift form immediately and that person will thank me later on.

Why? Not because BSMT cannot bring money, but because it is too much hassle if making money is the only motivation. There are certainly other course that consumes less time and resource, and allow the graduates to work in a profession that can bring a lot more money than BSMT.

When The Brightest Is Not The Richest

This is the part that may disappoint most of the BSMT students.

I think I’m going to tell you upfront that some BSMT graduates I know make less money than other course graduates. Not only that, the BSMT graduates also have lower work opportunities than other course graduates.

Why?

It’s just the way it is. That’s how the real world value the medical technologist profession. In investing terms, the BSMT sadly gives lower Return On Investment (ROI) compared to other course degree.

But how could this possible?

I’m not really sure about the exact answer. But partly, it could be because of the market law of demand and supply. Somehow the demand for medical technologist is not that much compared to other profession, and thus the medical technologist’s salary may not be as good as the other profession.

But how about in US? I heard the salary there is good..

Yes. Fortunately the medical technologist salary in US is good enough compared to other coutries such as Philippines and Indonesia. But are all medical technologist will be able to go to US? I’m not sure about that. Plus, if you notice, other profession in US can give the same salary with medical technology, if not better.

The Lessons, Wisdoms, and Thoughts

Keep in mind that the reason why I write this post is not to discourage the BSMT students nor to disrespect any BSMT graduates. Medical Technology, in my opinion, is still one of the best course one can take in AUP.

If you have passion to be a Medical Doctor, then by all means try to take medtech as your undergraduate course. It is so far the best course you can take to prepare for medical school because you will find most of the medtech subjects repeated in the medical school. Most of the brightest medical school students I know are medtech graduates.

Or if you have passion to be a Medical Technologist, I also strongly recommend you to listen to your heart and take BSMT. There is no one more successful than someone who be the person who that someone wants to be. The field of medical technologist is indeed an interesting and challenging one.

But if you are not sure and you neither wants to be a medical technologist nor medical doctor, I suggest you to take other course that suits you better. Because the pain that needs to be undergone in medtech clinical division and internship is really not for everyone.

I personally believe that money is not everything and is not a measurement of success. Although I brought the issue of salary, it is not my intention to measure medical technology course using salary. I only wanted to present the fact that the medtech students should know.

Lastly, this post is not about discrediting BS Medical Technology course. But it is rather about asking one’s motivation taking BSMT, the course that I’m really proud to have as my bachelor’s degree.

Author: Trijito Santoso

I’m Trijito Santoso, a Seventh-Day Adventist, a medical technology graduate, and a software developer. The reason why I shifted from medical technology to computer science is because I love to create things (design, software, articles, anything), and being a software developer allows me to create things everyday. I’m currently studying Master of Science in Computer Science at Northeastern University, Boston. My Google Profile+

130 thoughts on “Three Years After BS Medical Technology Graduation: Lessons, Wisdoms, and Thoughts”

  1. Yes, I’m going to continue MD in Philippines itself. But yet not satisfied! I went through the subjects offered in Medical Tech, and I was quite startled. There are subjects like Sports, Swimming, Speech and Oral Communication, Literature, etc. which are irrelevant and not even applicable in Medical field. Somewhere I read that even Christianity is a subject in 1st sem or so!
    Well, personally, am neither a Catholic. I am amazed at these subjects like sports and all, because they’re not related to Med Tech at all. I was expecting just science and chemistry stuff. But these seem to be horrifying. Do you have an option of skipping some or choosing your subjects in the university? This is getting more confusing, and again confused whether I should do this :O

    1. Hi Dav,

      I guess for every undergraduate degree you always need to take some general subjects such as the english and physical education subjects you mentioned above. For the religious subject, however, it’s because the school is a Christian school so it requires the students to take these religious subjects as well. I don’t know, and honestly, I don’t think it’s possible to get exemption from these subjects.

      If you don’t want to take the religious subjects, you need to enroll in a public or private university that has no religious affiliations.

  2. Hi, I’m going to take BSMT this coming school year. Can you give me a To-Do-List or step by step or advice/motivation anything that I have to follow so that I’ll keep track on my goal. I’m planning to take Medicine and I’m really not good/have interest at any subjects except MAPEH [music, arts, pe, health] in my HS Days. I’m not very passionate at this course not until on my 4th year when it happen that I had Dengue & it really ruined my life. I didn’t even made to top 10 cuz of weeks of absences. I’m so depressed about it. But as days passed by, I started getting over it and think of what course will I take. So, balancing every detail I came across that days and weeks of my stay at the Hospital. I remember that MT who really inspired me to be MT like her. We chatted almost every time she get my blood test. Every finger tips had a hole on it so I kinda used to it & likes the way they do. It’s kinda weird though but because of that tragic thing, I made my decision to become an MT and become a Doctor.

    I had really a weak immune system. Does that affect me from being an MT?

    BTW, I’m from Philippines & will be studying at Velez College, Cebu city.

    1. @clauii,
      Thanks for your comment. I think you need to have your own motivation or reasons for this, because you will be the one who face the course.
      The story on how you become interested in BSMT is really nice, but I don’t think it will keep you motivated in the long run because now you don’t see her anymore, do you? However, you also said that you want to be a doctor and thus you want to take BSMT as your pre-med course, and this is a very good decision.

      I don’t think your weak immune system would affect you from becoming a MT.

  3. I need something like…When I’m in the middle of like giving up, I need something to read on my bulletin board and get inspired every time I read it. It’s like something that motivates me to continue.
    P.S. in my website is my personal blog where I blurt out everything in my mind. If you need some info about me, I’ll be pleased if you read it though i’m not really good at english.

  4. Hi there DJITZLOSOPHY! i must say that you really have a nice article!

    just like the others,i strongly affirm with the things that you’ve stated in your article. Reality wise, BSMT course is not a money maker course yet there are countless opportunities that await an individual that is taking/ has took the said course. And there’s no good programme/course for a person who doesn’t have the drive with the course he or she is taking. am i right? 🙂

    I just wanted to share with you my reason why i took this programme. I was really a dentistry student at the Lyceum of the Philippines University-Batangas. and being a dentist is my dream. But my mom told me that i should give way first for may two younger sisters who’re still studying in private schools. so my mom told me to shift to another course first, and then after graduating i can continue with my dentistry dream. so i thought of a course that would credit almost all of my subjects that i’ve took when i was a dentistry student and so that i would still be on the same year in college, just like my batchmates. and alas, the Medtech course popped out of my mind.

    At first i never had the heart for this course. but as years go by, i learned to love the said course and now i have the drive to graduate with flying colors and to pass and TOP (Free Day-dreamings, everyone!) the Board Exam. 🙂

    how can we define the word SUCCESS? For me, success doesn’t really deal with having fancy cars and houses, making a hell lot of money, so on and so forth. Being successful yourself is when you feel that all of your endeavors were fulfilled and that you are happy and contented with what you’ve had become and what you presently have. 🙂 GOOD DAY everyone!

    1. @anj solis,
      Interesting story you have on the reason why you take BSMT, and how even though it was not your first course of choice but you still have the motivation to complete it the best you can. Thanks for sharing your comment and I hope all of your goals will come true! 😀

  5. Unfortunately, I haven’t seen her since I was discharged. But I have this ‘close friend’ we are from the same school from my kindergarten-elem-HS. And, we ‘also’ took the same course in the same school now in college. I say, close friend because we’re not best friends but we really spent most of our time together. It’s just that I’m the kind of person that does not approach nor talk unless it’s necessary. haha, too personal lols. Cguro, we can draw strength / motivation from each other. 😀 fighting! thanks for the reply!
    I’ll be back some other time! 😛

  6. Hi! After reading the article, I feel a little discouraged. I am an incoming 1st year college at OLFU, taking BSMT. It was only this year, mga February, when I heard of this course. I want to take Nursing but nurses here in the Ph is overflowing. So I searched for other medicine-related course and I became interested in being a medtechnologist. But you see, I am really interested in Science but I get low (but passing) grades especially my 3rd year Science which is Chemistry. Instead, I get high grades in English. Also, the worst is, I want to work in an office (but I dont want to take up Business course) AAH MY MINDS MESSED UP! Please give me a piece of advice. What to do 🙁

    1. @Violet, It seems that your interests are conflicting one another. I have several things for you to need to know:

      1. Take common subjects if you’re not sure
      To everyone who is in the freshmen or sophomore year, and isn’t sure if medtech is for them, I suggest take the common subjects as much as possible so you won’t waste too much of your time and money. It should give you some more time to decide better what you want.

      2. The future of career in Nursing
      Although you mentioned that the nurses in Philippines is overflowing, I think the demand for nurse seems a lot better than the demand for medtech. One of the reason why demand for medtech doesn’t grow much is because the advancement of the technology itself. Machines can do rapidly the job of what was done by medtech manually though medtech is still needed to validate the result in some cases. I don’t see such thing in nursing field in the near future. Another thing to consider, there are more number of my friends in college who took nursing and working abroad now compared who took medtech (though it maybe because there are more of them also :p).

      3. Your degree is not always your profession / career
      I graduated from BSMT but my career is always in IT. We chose undergraduate degree when we were 17 years old, at that young age not all of us really know what we want to be. Having a degree that is consistent to our career is really good, but is not absolute. If we have a passion in career so badly, we will find a way to get there someday. 😀

  7. Thank you so much for replying! Now I decided to just study my first year and focus whole heartedly. I think one year should be enough to clear my mind about wether to take Nursing (my parents wont let me take that because of what theyve watched the news – nursing students pay to their OJT etc etc) or continue to Medtech or take BSBA major in Human Resources . (I want to be in that department in an office someday. But I hate to study about Business because in our 3rd year TLE the subject is Entrepreneurship and its totally not interesting and boring)
    Again, thank you and good luck to your career life.

  8. Mr. Djitz! =(

    i need your advice.. im about to enroll as a med tech student bu then due to financial problems, i need to stop.. i really want that course =(

    I just wanted to know your opinion about choosing which is which..

    am i going to accept my brother’s offer to take up other courses like business administration or pharmacy though my heart was not on it or i’ll choose to stop and wait for next school year for the course i really love which is med tech? im really confused =(

    thanks for your help Mr. Djitz..

    1. @winter, I’m really sorry to hear your financial problems. 🙁

      If I were you I will take the chance to study now although it’s not the course I wanted, because waiting for one year doesn’t sound like a good idea, considering time is very precious. Both courses option are good and you might like any of them anyway.

      However, if you really wanted to be a medtech, you might try to take pharmacy first as of now because they might share some common subjects. Then next year when you have the chance, you can shift to medtech without losing many course credits.

  9. thanks for you advice Kuya Djitz.. =)
    hopefully i can still enroll this coming 2nd semester..

  10. hi! i’m a BS-MT 1 student. I really don’t know if I like the course or not. I chose this course simply because the job opportunity I can get is mostly in Laboratories. I like the course but I don’t like the school. What will I do? The school I enrolled is way too different from my high school. It seems like my high school years is more difficult than my college. I plan to shift in the second semester but what course will I choose that can definitely work in laboratories ?? (The school I wanted to enroll doesn’t offer the BS-MT course) 🙁

  11. huhuhu, I really hate the school especially the way the teachers teach us! (sorry!) I want to transfer already but I can’t since I transferred for two times (not the course, but the school) and my parents already paid the tuition for the first semester. In my situation, the problem is the school. I don’t care if my course is not MedTech as long as I’m enrolled to the school I want.

    My first choice was BS-BIOLOGY but then I heard that majority of those who took the course ended up being a teacher. (I have a phobia in speaking in front of a crowd. So being a teacher, psychiatrist or whatsoever that involves speaking doesn’t suit me.) pleeeasse help me, TT___TT

  12. This has been a very Insightful and Enlightening Thread,God bless you for Sharing this.

    I am currently a Foreign Student in a University @ Oklahoma,United States, who is actually on fulcrum point trying to decide if I should go ahead and Study Information Systems or Medical Technology,both ways my long term goal is to work for two years in the US and then apply to medical Schools to become a MD still in the US.

    The truth is I believe I can intellectually cope with either courses,also have interested in both Technology and Healthcare.

    The bowl of contention is ;which degree will put me in a better stead to:

    1. Quickly get a good paying job in the US to be able to save enough money for medical school, and

    2. Be easily accepted in medical school.

    Thank you.

  13. @Linmer, we will most appreciate have your views to help put many of us through…God bless you.

  14. Mr. Djitz i need your help. I am currently third year in BSMT. I’m in need of a research topic. Any suggestion for an experimental research topic? thanks a lot.

  15. thanks for posting… this year 2011 2nd sem. may qualifying exam na po for CD. ask po me ng advise if may idea po kayo sa mga itatanong sa exam… hehehe. thanks:)

    1. @ren, do you mean the qualifying exam is prior to enter CD? I never heard of it before, so I don’t think I can give you any advice about it. Try to ask the CI faculty rather.

  16. I currently work as a MedTech. I do have to say the work environment is less intense as the nursing field and there is no direct patient contact. The pay can be better but I willnot compare it with an RN.. When comparing to how much we study to what we actually do and earn. I do think the program is exaggerated a bit too much. I remember studying like if I am in med school… I had the dream of studyign further adn going into PA family situations, needing to take GRE and the delay in application review and acceptance process discouraged me. There are other things in life then to continue studying rest of my life.. sooo I decided to intigrate business masters degree and see how far I can get with that..
    Yes you do learn alot in this program and it can be a very good base or fall back plan for students wanting to go into med school. If you have other responsbilities and situations in life it can come in the way fromw aht you set out for…
    I’m stressed out…because I don’t want this back up plan (MedTech) to be what I settle down with.. so I suggest for those student who is taking this program before MedSchool..to come up with another back up plan…because your back up plan will be somethign you will not be satisfied with when you knwo you have so much more potential and can do so much more..
    GOOD LUCK with whatever ppl choose…but remember happiness is what we should strive toward..thats the secret of life.. tc ppl

    1. @LabRat,

      Yes, medtech students study as if they’re in med school, that’s why it’s one of best med school preparation.
      I agree with you that they should come up with another back up plan if they don’t want to settle with medtech because I believe most of medtech students are bright and highly potential.

      God bless for your plan!

  17. Yes, indeed, the author is right! I am currently a practicing pediatrician in the U.S.A. I took the undergraduate course of B.S.M.T. at U.S.T. upon the advise of a hospital pathologist. I came from the Southern Philippines. 4 of my high school classmates and I decided to pusue medicine, but we were unsure of which premed course to take. The intense study in BSMT made it very easy for us (med tech graduates) to glide through the first 2 years of medicine while the others were “struggling”…
    After graduating from medicine, I came to the USA,penniless, and under the impression that the UST medical diploma will help me face the world of pursuing my dream of practicing medicine in the USA….it did not… America has placed obstacles for all foreign medical graduates and UST has no helping hands nor advice to offer except for the active fundraising events that successful older graduates do every year — which is a real sentiment of the younger struggling graduates who have voiced this out. Thankfully, I have my BSMT to help me through financially while, I struggled to overcome the obstacles…
    Yet, I can still be proud of the alma mater who has nurtured me to be a professional…

    1. @Howie,
      Thank you for sharing your great experience and how you’ve overcome the challenges you faced. I also agree with you, med tech might not be WHAT we are now, but it made us WHO we are now. 😀

  18. hi djit! i was looking for medtech curriculum online and then i came across this site. I am a RN, i graduated in 2007 and up to this very moment.. jobless.. My sister encouraged me to take up BSMT this coming sem and after reading what you have to say about medtech course.. well it made me think hundred times whether i will enroll or not..

    1. @trevor,
      I know sometimes it’s hard to accept, but I believe it’s better to let people know the reality upfront. If taking BSMT will give you more job opportunities, then you can go for it. But don’t think that it won’t come with some risk and challenges.

  19. Thanks again djitz for that insight.. I’m still confused whether to enroll or not, but the situation of nurses here in the Philippines would greatly dictate my decision. It has been 4 years since I got my RN license, but I never landed a nursing job. Yes, I was also one of the hundreds of nurses caught up in the so-called volunteerism in hospital to be able to get clinical experience, but sadly volunteer experience is unacceptable when applying nursing jobs abroad.. I even managed to passed both the NCLEX-RN and the CGFNS Qualifying Exam, but these are futile for now especially that the United States is succumbing in economic downfall and visa issuance for nurses were still kept on hold.. Perhaps, I would have to weigh the pros and cons of taking up BSMT, and figure it out myself the decision I would have to make.. Thanks.

  20. Hi djits! thanks for the post, it explains a lot, everything in the world of MT but not more of the career opportunities now a days. I just want to share my career path as being MT. I graduated in 2003 and had my 2 yr experience as MT in hospital. It didn’t last because my social life sacrificed, since I am a Jr.Staff, I always in the night shift. A sales offer came so I became a Sales and Applications Specialist in one of the known Diagnostic Sales in the country. It lasted for 3 years because I see many opportunities in Manila like the job I am handling. In 2008, I became product manager in one of the competitive and famous leading IVD industry in Manila. I have good compensation, nice car, high food and gas allowances, phone allowance plus the monthly commissions when you hit your target (which I am). Dears, Im writing in here to encourage MT grads and those taking up MT currently to continue what you are doing. You have to see the opportunities arounds you. MTs are very in demand nowadays. Almost every Hospital is in need of Clinical Laboratory personnel. Overseas are also open; needs higher budget for US,Eu; enough experience for KSA, Mid.East. Over-all, MT is in demand. For those who are eyeing for high salary bec. you have family to support, try to penetrate the Sales World. As a matter of fact, we even get Nursing grads for sales even the first choice are MTs, see? Lastly and most importantly,do not forget-to put God first-in evrything to you plan and dream. He will sure help you. I can testify. Thanks.

    1. @sales_mt,

      Thanks for stopping by and giving your comment! 😀
      I agree that becoming sales is one of the best option if we want better compensations than what most of the MT usually get.
      However, I’m not fully sure regarding the high demand for MT you mentioned. Do you have some data or sources to back that?

      Lastly, I fully agree with your last statement to put God as the first priority. 🙂

  21. you can visit JOBSDB and JOBSTREET website. PAMET Organization aswell. Most of the biggest Medical Centers and Hospitals in our Region is looking for MT grads. Are you a practicing MT now?

    1. that’s great news then for our MT graduates! However, I still think that the demand is still limited since I believe the turnover rate of MT in a lab is rather low, and the number of MT needed in an hospital is not as high compared to nurses or doctors.

      No, I never practiced MT since I graduated. I’m a software developer and I definitely love what I’m doing now. 😀

  22. So today, a friend talked to me about changing her course. I was like cool. At least you are making up your mind in your first years and not later on in your college and you will end up wasting a lot of money and time. And later on in class. I started to think. i started to think about my course. Because she was talking about how hard her course is and how easier it would be to shift. I was like. My course is pretty hard too. Can I handle all this math? Will I find jobs as a computer engineer?
    So i went home and started to do some research. Ask others for advice/opinions. I read this one guys opinion on how he wanted to work in a medical field and also a computer field cause he likes using the computer and is quite good at it too. And this other guy said “don’t confuse the interest in using computer and having interest in computer field, because they can be so different.” and that made so much sense to me. When i looked into computer engineering, I was like cool, Imma learn how everything works, how to make all these parts and what it has to do with a computer. That’s what got me interested in my course. Then i look at my curriculum. There’s a lot of programming and codes involved. i have a programming class right now. We are just learning the basics and stuff. But like I’m guessing this is sort of what i have to do in life. Do I want that?
    Well I’m doing more research on Medical Technology right now. It seems like a good course. I am especially drawn to the fact on how it is laboratory based. I like to work in labs back in High School. Labs during Chemistry and Physics were the best. They interested me more than any of my subjects. And it is a science course. Majoring in science was one of my choices too. I was going to take up biology or marine biology also.
    Well, I got A LOT of thinking to do about my future and what do I want.

    1. @Exia671,

      There are a lot of reason to shift course, but personally I’m against shifting course if the reason is because the course is too HARD.
      I almost wanted to shift from Medtech due to this reason, and I’m so glad I didn’t.

      There will be always challenges in every course, and although some course may look easier than the other, to be the best at any course always requires hardship at some point. We don’t be the best by doing easy things, but by accomplishing what other people can’t easily achieve. 🙂

      Regarding your current course in computer engineering, I can say that in general computer career looks bright in the future because almost everything is going to digital direction. However, if you don’t like programming nor some other computer field subjects, you may think about your course.

      Medical technologist works in a lab, but it’s a bit different from chemistry and physics lab. The primary job of MT is to test human’s body fluids such as blood, urine, stool, cerebrospinal fluid, etc, to provide doctors accurate information for help in deciding patient’s illness and medical treatment. However, some other MT branch out and can also work as Perfusionist, and even Research Scientist. 😀

      Definitely the course requires a lot memorization, but if you really love science, you may want to check it out.

  23. You may think that the turn over rate for MT is limited because you are not aware. Please allow me to interfere with your ideas regarding the demands for MTs. It’s almost everyday that I visit hospitals and free standing labs nationwide because of the nature of my job and found the facts that MTs are indeed needed almost everywhere. They even consider nurses for blood extraction just to reserved the MT Board passer to do the actual bench work. The turn over rate is high because MT overseas are also open. Yes, you are right that MT numbers per hosp is not as big as nursing or doctors organization but that small organization for MT in the Pathology Lab is even harder to fill in because of MT crisis now adays. Thank you for entertaining my thoughts and ideas that are experienced based. God bless.

    1. @sales_mt,

      Yup, you definitely have more current and years of experience and in MT field more than I do. I based what I said from the one year internship experience that I had in 3 different laboratories around Philippines (Iligan, Manila, and Cagayan Valley). 🙂

      Thanks for the comments, I really appreciate it, and I hope we can encourage every MT students and graduates who read this blog. GBU too. 😀

  24. hey there, I was looking for jobs in the internet when I suddenly went by this page.

    i just passed the philippine board exam for MTs, have taken the oath and i know there are lots of hospitals hiring for RMTs right now. But im at the point where im clueless of whether pursuing it as a career or not. when i was an intern i’ve observed the life in the laboratory, one MT there is like in her late 30s no special someone and no family, and i began to picture myself if i wanted that kind of life. im a family person, still single because i was really taking my studies seriously, i tried to make time to have fun but you just suddenly feel uneasy because you have to study, you know? And i’ve done a lot of studying and after graduation i begin to think that i haven’t really lived life at all. its all just in school and inside the house… i didn’t try to meet new people in my life or travel in new places… but I really enjoyed the learning experience being as student of MT. the new organisms that you’ve learned and those that make up our body and how it reacts on us, I’ve really enjoyed understanding those things.

    so now im unemployed… im just torn in making a decision right now… if I should be an MT inside a Lab or not, or find a job now or may be next year. Find time to think about it? I don’t know. Sigh. I wanted to try teaching though… but figured that’s just for those MTs who are over achievers? Don’t know as well. That’s just how I perceived my professors of MTs… 😀

    It would really help me a if you could enlighten me with some or a lots of good advice…

    1. @mushroomsup,

      Congrats for passing the medtech board exam, and glad to hear that the job opportunities are good for medtechs. 😀

      First, even if you’re not sure if working in a lab is what you want or not, just take it at the moment. You will know better if it’s what you want or not when you’re working, and staying unemployed won’t look really good in your resume. You can always decide to resign later on.

      Regarding the personal life, it’s really a matter of choice, a lot of MT I know are happily married. Although it maybe the ‘side effect’ of the clinical division, but after graduation I don’t think the course / career can be blamed for it. If you enjoyed your study learning MT courses, that’s great, and now is your time to enjoy the freedom to do what you want with your life. 😀

      About teaching, I don’t think you need to be the smartest MT to teach the courses. As long as you are good at explaining things to people, and have the passion for teaching others, I believe you will do good.

  25. Hello 🙂 I’m a currently first year MT student from Philippines and i would like to ask for some piece of advice. I’m currently in state of confusion whether if i would continue to enroll in the second semester. I survived in the first semester fourtunately but it was really a traumatic experience for me for it was not really easy to take BS MT course. I always had sleepless nights due to everyday examinations .. i really really felt tired 🙁 and i was really afraid to have the same experiences in the second semester. I was thinking to shift to Fine arts because i had really passion for arts too. But i was thinking that most of the units i took for the 1st sem. will not be credited and that it would be useless. Please help me decide ..i really need some advice and motivations..please do help me. Anyway i would like to ask if you have some ideas about the job opportunities for Fine arts graduates?

    1. @naizelev,

      Can you specify which subjects traumatized you? Because in the first year, MT shares a lot of common subjects (biology, chemistry, math, etc) with other courses, and not really until the clinical division you know about what the MT subjects feels like.

      Basically, there are always two options, press on and find ways to overcome the challenges, or quit.

  26. hi. im a fresh grad. RMT. can anyone help me find a work in the states? thanks. kudos to all med tech.

  27. Im a registered nurse and its been 2 years since im doing volunteerism in a hospital,unfortunately no hospitals are hiring..im confused if im going to enroll in a grad school(MAN) masters degree in nursing or enroll in BS MT?i have my subjects accredited and they said i could take BSMT within 2 and a half years.. i need your advice guys..thanx

  28. Hello! I’m currently a BSECE student from the Philippines. I just want to ask if are there available scholarships for BMLS (formerly BSMT) here in the Philippines. The reason is that I want to change course from engineering to medical technology but I’m having financial problems. I’m planning to have a scholarship but I can’t find any. Thanks.

    Another question: Is a Masteral degree / PhD degree required to work a research associate or research scientist?

  29. hi, im an RN here in Philippines. i would like to have a piece of advice about studying med tech. i know it must be confusing for some of u because you have mentioned that we have higher salary than med techs; but im having a difficulty finding local job and i think if i find one ill not enjoy it. im curious about med tech and it seems that its quite my type. u think its too late for me? thanks.

  30. i agree with the pressure thing you mentioned along with the med tech coarse and as a career… Im a registered med tech for almost three years now, and all i want to tell the med tech students, that this profession, yes doesn’t earn u much money in the future but the fulfillment that you earn through this is priceless…this course is as costly as any other med courses, and i wont lie its a heck of a hell, it entails everyone’s time and dedication to struggle yourself out of evry challenge this course presents. You may be the best student in high school, but without the proper motivation and with just money in mind…good luck! I went to med school and you will definitely thank your teachers in BSMT!

  31. to all fresh grads, dont rush thing guys, finding job abroad is not so difficult if u have any experience in the clin lab. Even f hospitals around the world are obviously understaffed, they will expectedly go for the experienced ones. local hospitals may have vacancies and may offer good salary too, but u will be subjected to a training of course coz every agency has their own protocol.
    You will be a big help to the med tech community in the philippines for quite sometime before going somewhere else.

  32. yeah this course is really hard i’m a sophomore now . and woah i’m really stressed .. i can’t imagine how stressful the last 2 years would be . but i really love this course <3 haha i wish we would have a bright future people haha

  33. To the author of the article,
    I’m currently taking Medical Technology course. I did research about this job. So I knew what I was getting into 🙂 I understood that you were disappointed because your expectations I guess were not fulfilled.. But I’m not sure what they actually were.. I mean the description of the profession is available. 🙂 What did you expect from it? Was it very different from what you thought it was?

    1. @Svetlana,

      Interesting, I never have someone asked me these questions. 🙂 I will try to answer them.
      – What did you expect from it?
      > Considering the course toughness, I was expecting a better job opportunities with higher pay to be fair.

      – Was it very different from what you thought it was?
      > In fact, I didn’t thought anything about job and salary when I took BSMT, I took it because of the challenges (that definitely hit me) and the course exclusive status. But before I graduated I realized it wasn’t like I expected.

      God bless for your study! 😀

  34. hi guys…

    just to comment about low roi or being elite in the society for the reason of taking BSMT,,, I bet you were in a wrong course. In fact if you want to get rich and in line w/ the elite part of the society take the business course and start digging. I mean aren’t you proud of being a MT? Im in my 2nd year Med proper, and proudly to say everything that i’ve learned in my MT years gives me confidence and the ROI…. i bet it’s even more than you could ever think of.

    for those who were still in their college years just dont take the pressure too much…. we all know it’s not easy…but that’s what makes it superior to any other course,,, it create a complicated self boosting confidence on our part.

    Just imagine,,, doctors cannot diagnose w/o lab results,,, and sometimes they become paralize w/ their diagnosis if the results provided were wrong..

  35. hi,
    I was researching my course and came across ur page , i thought it was fabulous, thankz for the advice ,
    Im currently in 2nd yr in biomedical technology in south africa ,
    im speculating my decision for taking the course. .
    i think most people took the course becoz med school far frm reach n med tech is a stepping stone ,

    im extremely passionate about being in the medical field bt not in the way medtech is offering , being n doc was n dream of mine n still is ,

    there is alot of pressure in the field its true, honestly i cope quite well and my marks are not that bad ..

    i neva thought that this course would b what i made out to , i knw ppl hd high hopes . . .

    i think all im asking is for some advice …
    passionately wanting to be n doc

    mwaaaahz..

  36. I am a freshman taking BS Medical Technology.
    I didn’t know that the course existed until I learned it from my classmate who was to take it. My course in mind back then was something related to engineering but I have low confidence on myself, thinking it was a man’s job (since I heard most of those who take it are guys and they’re more preferred by companies [I was pretty scared on this part]), and I well, uhm, I’m not seriously good dealing with guys. I know it was a funny thing I considered this idea over my interest.
    Anyway, although I never thought I’ll be taking a course under the medical field, I am doing great. I made it on the DL and I’m doing well in chemistry.
    But I still have doubts in my mind. Am I on the right track?
    By the way, what is Biomedical Engineering? Is it somehow related on our field?

    1. @Yana, there a lot of ways how people know about BSMT, and that’s fine if you’re enjoying it.

      Biomedical Engineering is different from Medical Technology, because the earlier involved engineering (designing and creating tools), that is almost non-existent in BSMT. Actually that’s probably why BSMT name is changed to Medical Laboratory Science, because Medical Technology name misleads people most of the time.

  37. I ‘am a bs medtech for 20 yrs but i ‘am not bright or highly intelligent during my school days to my luck i was hired to work first into genetic lab. I was exposed on diff. work here like in molecular , genetics and biochemical it is hard but a good learning experience to me and happy to what I achieve as med. tech.. Don’t loose hope and idealism for your course cause you will not know where your are going to land as you graduate. Good Luck med techs.

  38. Thanks djitz!

    After scrolling down and reading almost all of the comments, I have decided that the best pre-med course for me is BS in Physical Therapy xD

    “The patients need a Doctor, while Doctors need MedTech”

    But I say..

    “After the Doctors and MedTech’s vigorous day work, they’ll need a good soothing massage,” that’s where Physical Therapist comes xD

  39. For those aspiring to migrate for better salaries I would suggest Canada or Australia since both of these countries have more liberal immigration policies for skilled workers. Contrast that with the horrendous wait times and highly restrictive policies and procedures in the US.

    Canada and Australia, I believe have two extra years of schooling compared to the Philippines which is the main reason why a lot of professional Pinoys are only considered as vocational graduates even after graduating from college. So the best advice for the aspirants is to get at least a Masteral or better yet even a Doctorate to overcome the higher Canadian education standard.

  40. At present 2012, Medical Technologists are highly paid in the Philippines as well as in other countries like the UAE, US, and AU. There is an increasing demand for medical technologists in our country because many of our RMTs prefer working abroad for the reason stated above. We cannot compare the salary of nurses to our profession. They maybe paid considerably higher than us but their workload is way overboard compared to our “relatively easier” and mostly-automated job inside the laboratory. Nurses need to literally wipe the asses of patients but we do not. I would rather choose to deal with the patient’s stool than touch their body parts.
    Being a graduate of the course, I am proud because no matter how tiresome and challenging our work gets, I still have time in the laboratory to sit down and wonder what work I can have my hands do. 🙂

  41. 🙂 wow! I’ve read your entry. everything you said is definitely true! The Medical Technology course is, indeed, a nightmare! on my case, it all started when i first encounter all our major subjects (like, Clin. Chem, Micro-Para, Hema, Histopath, Microscopy, etc). W-O-W! try having ALL of that at once! i can remember sleepless nights trying to memorize the appearance of different ova, crystals and (for some instance) create an imaginary picture of blood films in my head! because tomorrow, your know-it-all professor will give you practical exams and endless quizzes about it! not only it’ll make you recognize images (like they are your long lost friends…), but you also have to know their clinical effects on the body. and thats where CC comes up! you just need to know everything! as if that wasn’t enough, you also have Bacte to fill your near-bursting head! gossssh, the AGARS!! i mean, come on!!! XXX it will certainly dry, and slowly kill your head. and surprisingly, I’m just starting!

    remember i told you about those sleepless nights? oh well. you haven’t seen it all until you’re an intern. Sleepless nights??? oh no! they are LOOOOOOONG, TIRING, and (God forbid) TOXIC nights of your life. you just keep working and working until you smell like crap. and i do mean, crap. because we’re studying poo all the time! its a shower of poo and pee! and if you’re lucky, you’ll have semen analysis after! ugh. seriously.?!

    but i can say, that it was one of the most exciting part of my life. after all the crazy stuff, at the end of the day, you’ll just laugh about it! it was crazy. but the good kind of crazy.

    its just sad that MedTechs are not being acknowledge properly in the Medical Field. After all the Academic pressures and the hardship you put into work, the patients only recognize the nurses and their doctors. Like, we are always the “Other” Health Alliances of the Medical era.

    to those aspiring MedTechs, just go on! its gonna be rough and hard. but it’ll be worth it. be a shit-smelling, pee-adoring Blood suckers now! 😀 (yes, we’re the new era of vampires..)

  42. I just read this article and kinda put me down z bit. However, if it was easy there’d be tons of medical technologyst With a bachelors degree. The job money part im really not concerned cause my father owns a lab. Yet i simpathyze with those who feel their career in undeapreciated. I plan to apply for medical school. I finished 2 nd year of medical scool in Cuba when i was 19 years old. Now im 37 and i need to know if med school is going to consider my MLTBS seriously or im going to have to start taking sciences once more . Can anybody comment on this please………????

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