Medical Technology in the Philippines
In other countries such as the United States, Canada and others, Medical Technologists have a shortage. This is the reason why they are hiring medical technologists from other countries. But in the Philippines, it has no shortage of medical technologists. Thousands of students are enrolling in medical technology in the Philippines in the hope that when they finish studying they could land a good job in the country or in other countries. This is one of the high paying jobs that many students are vying to land once they finish their education.
In the Philippines, before one could enroll in a Medical School, there are entrance examinations administered. And just like other courses, unless you pass a certain examination, you cannot just enroll in a Medical School. Once a student graduates from the Medical Technology course, one must pass the National Licensure Examination before one could finally be taken in as a Medical Technologist. For those who haven't passed the licensure examination but have grades of 70 percent to 74 percent, they could be absorbed as laboratory technicians under the supervision of a registered medical technologist.
Many Filipinos want to go abroad when they finish a degree in Medical Technology. With the high cost of college education, those who go to Medical Schools dream of having a good job immediately after finishing their medical studies. In the Philippines, one cannot earn as much as when one will work in other countries. This is the reason why so many Filipinos opt to go abroad to work once they are out of the universities. Although there are some who still prefer to work in the country, majority of those who finished Medical courses want to go abroad to work since the pay abroad is far better than the pay in the Philippines.
Before one could apply for a medical technology job overseas, one must pass the ASCP (American Society for Clinical Pathology) examination which gives an additional credential to the applicant. This is an international certification that makes one become competitive in the global market.
There are more or less 60 universities and other schools offering a degree in Medical Technology in the Philippines and a very few of these schools offer a master's degree. Recently, there was a decline in the enrolment in Medical Technology because enrollees in the Nursing program have increased tremendously. The reason for this is that nursing is in-demand in other countries too and other countries have a shortage of nurses.
Several Filipino nurses and medical technologists are working at present in different parts of the world and they are still increasing. With the present economic crisis in the Philippines, several Filipinos are aiming to go overseas to work once out of the university. There are already millions of Filipino workers overseas which include nurses and medical technologists. These are so far some of the highest paid Filipino overseas workers.
The advantage of taking up Medical Technology in the Philippines lies in the fact that Philippines Health System is patterned after the United States Health System. This is why Medical Technologists trained in the Philippines could work perfectly in the United States with minimum or no problems at all. But to upgrade their knowledge, some Filipino medical workers still continue their studies in the host country where they work. There are three categories in the Philippine Clinical Laboratories. They are the tertiary which is fully automated, secondary which is partly automated and the primary which is only 30 to 50 percent automated.
Just recently a new Senate Bill better known as the Medical Technology Act of 2011 was enacted in order to enhance knowledge, professional competence and ethical values in the practice of medical technology through mandatory formal classes or training administered for medical technologists. Seminars and trainings are also offered through professional organizations such as PAMET (Philippine Association of Medical Technologists). This is to further upgrade and improve Medical Technology courses in the Philippines.
The Philippine government has recognized the importance of the Medical technology profession hence it seeks to nurture and develop medical technologists to be competitive in the international market. Many Filipino Medical Technologists are already considered world class and they are practicing their profession in different parts of the world.