Medical Technology Major

Hartwick students with professor in Biology Lab

Where a background in medical technology can take you.

Hartwick’s medical technology major provides students with a solid liberal arts education and rigorous hands-on clinical laboratory training—giving them a real competitive edge in their future careers.

Because medical technology is a rapidly changing field, technical skills may become obsolete, but the lifelong skills you’ll learn at Hartwick ensure you’ll thrive, whatever the future brings.

Many of the professional medical technologists are employed in hospital medical laboratories. Others work in physicians’ laboratories, outpatient clinics, the armed forces, public health agencies, research programs of university hospitals and pharmaceutical companies, criminology laboratories, and in sales promotion of diagnostic reagents and equipment.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the overall employment of clinical laboratory technologists is projected to grow 11 percent from 2018 to 2028, much faster than the average for all occupations. An increase in the aging population is expected to lead to a greater need to diagnose medical conditions, such as cancer or type 2 diabetes, through laboratory procedures. The median salary for the medical/clinical lab technologist is $52,330. (U.S. BLS)

Putting medical technology to work.

Hartwick medical technology students work in hospital labs and in interesting careers throughout the healthcare industry. Some go on to further study at top-notch graduate schools.

Hartwick alumni work for:

  • Rochester General Hospital
  • James River Dermatology
  • Laboratory Alliance of Central New York

Hartwick graduates have been accepted to:

  • Rochester General Hospital School of Medical Technology
  • Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • University of New England

Beyond the basic.

Hartwick’s medical technology major permits sufficient flexibility for students to take advantage of numerous off-campus study programs applicable to their future profession. Students are encouraged to get hands-on experience in the multifaceted responsibilities of professional medical technologists such as electronic equipment maintenance, computer programming, business and personnel management, and teaching techniques.

A closer look.

Hartwick’s 3+1 program consists of three years of academic work at Hartwick (which also partially fulfills departmental requirements for a major in biology), followed by a one-year clinical internship at the Rochester General Hospital Clinical Laboratory Technology Program.

Meet the medical technology faculty.

Hartwick’s medical technology faculty are future-focused. That’s because they work closely with students who are meant for more. Students who will make a difference in the world. Hartwick students.

Mary Allen
Professor of Biology
Ph.D., Florida State University
Areas of expertise:
general microbiology, allied-health microbiology, microbial ecology, microbiology education
Zsuzsanna Balogh-Brunstad
Associate Professor of Geology
Ph.D., Washington State University
Areas of expertise:
chemical and biological weathering of minerals, microbe-mineral-water interactions, biofilm processes, water quality and contamination, bioremediation, base cation nutrient cycles, and watershed-based hydrochemistry.
Min Chung
Associate Professor and Department Chair of Mathematics
Ph.D., Indiana University
Areas of expertise:
theory of wavelets, harmonic analysis
Eric Cooper
Associate Professor of Biology
Ph.D., Harvard University
Areas of expertise:
molecular and cell biology, immunology
Allen Crooker
Professor of Biology and Coordinator of Medical Technology
Ph.D., Washington State University
Areas of expertise:
anatomy & physiology, neurobiology, entomology, electron microscopy, heavy metal pathology
John Dudek
Professor of Chemistry
Ph.D., Princeton University
Areas of expertise:
cavity ring-down spectroscopy, chemical kinetics and thermodynamics
Mark S. Erickson
Professor of Chemistry
Ph.D., Louisiana State University
Areas of expertise:
organic and green chemistry, and research in organic and organometallic conducting polymers, polycyclic aromatic compounds, and the synthesis of retinoids as anticancer drugs.
Peter Fauth
Professor and Department Chair of Biology
Ph.D., Purdue University
Areas of expertise:
conservation biology, evolutionary ecology, ornithology
Douglas Hamilton
Professor of Biology
Ph.D., Cornell University
Areas of expertise:
plant molecular biology, plant growth and development, control of gene expression in developing pollen, microbial communities, fungal identification
Gerald Hunsberger
Professor of Mathematics
Ph.D., Northwestern University
Areas of expertise:
number theory, discrete mathematics, calculus pedagogy
Mark Kuhlmann
Professor of Biology
Ph.D., Florida State University
Areas of expertise:
marine and freshwater biology, behavioral ecology, community ecology
Andrew J. Piefer
Associate Professor and Chair of Chemistry
Ph.D., New Mexico State University
Areas of expertise:
biochemistry and virology, biomolecular interactions (especially related to viral and host cell proteins and nucleic acids), tissue culture techniques, recombinant protein expression and purification, and virus assembly and budding.


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