ERIC Number: ED211000
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Jun-25
Reference Count: 0
Clinical Laboratory Sciences: The Next Twenty Years.
Morris, Frances J.
The views of professionals concerning the future of the clinical laboratory sciences were assessed using a modification of the Delphi technique. The participating administrators, educators, and bench technologists were asked what they felt the clinical laboratory sciences would be like in 20 years, and their responses were used to develop statements regarding the future of the clinical laboratory. Additionally, statements related to articulation and a statewide articulation system in clinical laboratory education were included. Statements were grouped into four general categories: education/general; education/articulation, credentialling, and professional. Using the predictions of the panelists, it was possible to develop a scenario for the future of the field. It is predicted that in 1991, contrasted to 1981, fewer medical technologists will be entering the profession and more will be leaving than today. One reason for their leaving will be the increased utilization of advanced automated technology; the technology will produce a decreased need for technologists. Education of the clinical laboratorians is expected to change: the medical laboratory technician (MLT) education program will consist of a minimum of three academic years as compared to the current two-year minimum, and the hospital-based programs will increase from a minimum of 12 months to a minimum of 18 months. It is expected that all four-year institutions will provide competency-based exams to assess potential placement of the MLT in the curriculum. Questionnaires are appended. (SW)
Descriptors: Administrator Attitudes, Articulation (Education), Certification, College Faculty, Competency Based Education, Educational Change, Employment Practices, Futures (of Society), Graduate Study, Higher Education, Medical Services, Medical Technologists, Needs Assessment, Prediction, State Colleges, Statewide Planning, Teacher Attitudes, Technological Advancement
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Society of Medical Technology (Miami, FL, June 15, 1981). Some tables will not reproduce well.