THE UST Graduate School will offer a doctorate program in medical technology next semester, the first doctorate program in medical technology and medical laboratory sciences in the country.
Faculty of Pharmacy Dean Aleth Dacanay said the program would “address the demands of an ever-changing and ever-evolving profession.”
“The MS (master of science) graduates pursue doctorate studies by enrolling in other programs like Ph.D. in Biological Sciences, Doctor of Public Health, Ph.D. in Education, etc., which are not at all aligned with their Bachelor and Master of Science degrees in Medical Technology/Medical Laboratory Science,” Dacanay told the Varsitarian.
The program will focus on laboratory services, clinical decision-making and health care education, among other topics.
Dacanay expects a good number of enrollees, given the reputation of UST’s medical technology program.
“The success of the MS Medical Technology/Clinical Laboratory Science program has become its own advertiser and the demands for a doctorate degree program have escalated not only from Thomasian graduates but from graduates of other institutions as well,” she said.
In December 2015, the Commission on Higher Education gave UST’s medical technology program the coveted Center of Excellence status, valid until 2018.