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Preparing for a Career in Allied Health Professions

Chiropractic Medicine

Chiropractic medicine involves neither drugs nor surgery. It is concerned with the whole body, based on a properly functioning nervous system. Chiropractics focus on health, not disease, and are concerned with the entire problem of the patient, which may include stress, rest, exercise and nutrition. Referrals may be made to other health care professionals if chiropractic is not the appropriate method of treatment. Candidates for admission must have at least 60 semester hours leading to a baccalaureate degree and at least a 2.5 GPA, but most entrants possess a bachelor's degree. For more detailed information about appropriate coursework, consult the file in Room 711BH.

Medical Technology

Medical technology is the branch of medicine which deals with laboratory tests, procedures, and the use of clinical laboratory equipment.

Medical laboratory personnel are certified by the American Medical Technologists (AMT) which recognizes two levels of expertise--the Medical Lab Technician (MLT) and the Medical Technologist (MT). A Medical Laboratory Technician has at least two years of approved college courses with at least twenty-five hours in the sciences including twelve hours of chemistry, three hours of mathematics, eight hours of biology, genetics, embryology, zoology, anatomy and/or physiology. Medical Laboratory Technicians perform clinical laboratory testing which requires a limited exercise of independent judgment and discretion. A technician ordinarily works only under immediate supervision, particularly when performing tests that are not of a routine nature.

An MT must have a bachelor's degree in Medical Technology or a bachelor's degree with a major in biology, chemistry, or the physical sciences and a minimum of one year of approved laboratory experience.

Medical Technology is an expanding field with government estimates of openings for medical laboratory workers averaging about $14,500 annually in the 1980's. Starting salaries may be as high as $15,000 per year. If you would like additional information write:

Mr. Chester Dziekonski, Executive Director
American Medical Technologists
710 Higgins Road
Park Ridge, Illinois 60068

 


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