Most medical technologist positions require candidates to have a bachelor's degree in life sciences or medical technology, with a focus on courses in biology, chemistry, microbiology, statistics and math. Other courses required include management, education and clinical laboratory skills. The degree is sometimes referred to as a medical laboratory scientist degree.
Many programs for medical technologists are hospital based, at least for the final year. Graduates who major in other scientific fields that meet the requirements of program admission by completing coursework in chemistry and biology are often accepted. There are also some 1-year certificate programs for professionals in the medical field, such as nurses, that want to take a faster track to becoming credentialed.