Department of Medical Technology

Protecting lives and health
Department of Medical Technology

What is a medical technologist?

Medical examinations are essential for the prevention, detection, diagnosis and treatment of disease. They consist of specimen examinations, in which blood, urine or tissue taken from the patient’s body is analyzed, as well as physiological examinations using electrocardiograms, respiratory function, electroencephalograms, ultrasound, etc. Medical technologists are professionals who specialize in performing these kinds of medical examinations.

  • Degree awarded on graduation: Bachelor’s Degree (Health Sciences)
  • Qualification of candidacy for national qualification obtained on graduation: Medical Technologist
  • National examination pass rate (FY2014): National Medical Technologist Examination (94.9%)
Hisao Oka

Hisao Oka
Head of the Department of Medical Technology

Our aim is to nurture laboratory medicine professionals

In all areas of modern clinical medicine, clinical examination is indispensable… it is the basis of diagnosis and treatment. Medical technologists are responsible for performing examinations at healthcare sites, providing information that is useful for diagnosing disease, understanding the patient’s condition, and for determining treatment and prognosis. Outside of the hospital laboratory, medical technologists also play an active role in various areas protecting the lives and health of people, including in the area of preventive medicine such as with company medical examinations and physical checkups.
Our aim is not only to nurture medical technologists as professionals working in laboratory medicine, but also to develop specialists equipped with more specific expertise. We aim to foster researchers with the ability to solve problems, such as issues relating to the research and development of new examination techniques, and to develop graduates who can contribute to the advancement of medical science from a global perspective.

Applying scientific outcomes to medical care

Wide-ranging professional skills and expertise

Work performed by medical technologists extends across a wide variety of areas, so in addition to the many professional skills and expertise in relation to clinical examination, students at the Department of Medical Technology also acquire basic knowledge in other disciplines needed to understand and apply that expertise. These disciplines include biochemistry, anatomy, physiology, molecular biology, pathology, immunology and medical engineering.
Given that advances in life sciences and information technology are so remarkable, in order for those advances to be immediately adopted in medical examinations, medical technologists must obtain that information and knowledge themselves, and must refine their own skills. Otherwise, they cannot meet healthcare needs. It is vital that medical technologists have a positive attitude to study and a strong thirst for knowledge, starting from the time they are at university.
A key for the front lines of health, medicine and welfare in the future will be “team medical care,” whereby various medical and welfare professionals work as a team for a single patient and family. This also requires the ability to communicate in inter-professional cooperation. Accordingly, as part of the Team Medical Treatment course during their first year, medical technology students form small groups with other students from the Department of Nursing and from the Department of Radiological Technology, and they tackle issues relating to health, medicine and welfare by collecting knowledge and information, and discussing issues together. Students also learn about cardio-pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) as well as patient movement and postural change techniques, in the same groups. During second year, similar to medicine and dental students, medical technology students undertake a practical anatomy course using bodies donated for medical research. Okayama University is the only institution to offer this autopsy training. Then, in their fourth year of studies, students participate in a class together with medical students, interns and pharmacists, to discuss actual cases. Through these courses, the department aims to instill a broad perspective and flexible way of thinking in students, and to nurture their ability to discover and resolve problems independently and their ability to communicate information.

Practical training in microbiology (germiculture)

Practical training in microbiology (germiculture)

Practical training in clinical chemistry (preparation of reagents)

Practical training in clinical chemistry (preparation of reagents)

Hospital nursing practice (preparation of histopathological specimens)

Hospital nursing practice (preparation of histopathological specimens)

Hospital nursing practice (electrocardiography)

Hospital nursing practice (electrocardiography)

Research and development of new examination techniques

Students who graduate from the Department of Medical Technology and who pass the national examination can qualify to become medical technologists.
Furthermore, once students have accumulated a certain amount of practical experience, they are also eligible to obtain certain academic society qualifications, such as for cytotechnologists or ultrasonographers. Even before they graduate, students can also sit the Certificate Examination for Functional Food Consultant or the Certificate Examination for Biomedical Engineering. In FY2013, in collaboration with the Faculty of Agriculture, the department also launched the Special Training Course for Careers in Assisted Reproductive Technology.
Most medical technologists go on to work in medical testing centers, but the department also aims to produce graduates who work as teachers at universities, or who work in developing new areas such new examination techniques and equipment. To this end, at the Graduate School of Health Sciences, students also conduct research leading to the development of new examination methods.

Philosophy of the Department of Medical Technology

Clinical examination is the first area of medicine to reflect advances in science. To take scientific achievements brought about by the intellect and effort of researchers, and apply them to medical care, requires a wide range of basic knowledge and practical skills, an insatiable inquiring mind and a sense of humanity befitting a medical professional.

In this course, students acquire a foundation of basic knowledge in natural science and medicine, and learn the professional skills and expertise of clinical examination in which this basic knowledge is applied. In addition, the course aims to develop specialists full of creativity. Through specialized elective subjects and graduate research, the course nurtures scientific temper and practical skills enabling graduates to apply scientific achievements to solving problems and to develop innovative examination techniques.

Department of Medical Technology Specialized Subject

▼All Major Common Subjects

Life Science Nutrition and Biochemistry Human Anatomy and Physiology I Human Anatomy and Physiology II
Practice in Human Anatomy, Histology, and Physiology Infection and Immunity Genetics
Basic Pathophysiology Clinical Pharmacology  
Human Science Introduction of Health Sciences Introduction to Health Promotion Principles of Education
Developmental Psychology Clinical Psychology  
Information Science Information and Mathematical Sciences I Information and Mathematical Sciences II Medical Physics
Introduction to Medical Engineering Health Statistics  
Health and Welfare Science International Health System World Health and Environment Community Health and Environment
Health Care System and Law Discussion on Social Welfare  

▼Medical Faculty Common Subjects

Medical Faculty Common Subjects Team Medical Treatment Emergency Lifesaving Medical Treatment Counseling
Medical Economics Calamity Crisis Management Volunteer Practice

▼Specialized courses of the majors

Pathological Examination Pathology Laboratory Exercise in Pathology Clinical Cytology
Ultrastructural Morphology Method of Clinical Histochemistry Clinical Hematology
Laboratory Exercise in Clinical Hematology Clinical Immunology Laboratory Immunology
Laboratory Exercise in Laboratory Immunology Laboratory Technology for Blood Transfusion Applied Immunology
Clinical Chemistry Automation Technology for Laboratory Medicine Laboratory Exercise in Clinical Chemistry
Analytical Biochemistry Laboratory Exercise in Analytical Biochemistry Laboratory Management
Fundamental Medical Technology Laboratory Exercise in Fundamental Medical Technology General Remarks of Clinical Medicine
Clinical Pathology Laboratory Exercise in Clinical Pathology Medical Information Management
Dynamic Tests in Clinical Medicine    
Function analysis Clinical Physiology Laboratory Exercise in Clinical Physiology Clinical Neurophysiology
Laboratory Exercise in Clinical Neurophysiology Human Anatomy Laboratory Exercise in Human Anatomy
Imaging of Clinical Medicine Laboratory Exercise in Imaging Analysis Clinical Medicine Introduction to Medical Laboratory Instruments
Medical Electronics Laboratory Exercise in Medical Electronics Introduction to Medical Informatics
Medical Zoology Laboratory Exercise in Medical Zoology Clinical Microbiology
Laboratory Exercise in Clinical Virology Cell Biology and Cellular Engineering

Admission capacity of the Department of Medical Technology