The Department, formally known as School of Medical Technology, was founded in 1956 with the bachelor program only. In 1987 the master program and in 2002 the doctoral program were launched respectively. To further reveal the aim and contribution of the Department in cultivation of talents in laboratory medicine and biotechnology fields, it is renamed to “Department of Clinical Laboratory Science and Medical Biotechnology” in 2005.
For past 60 more years, there are over one thousand undergraduates received their bachelor degrees from the Department. Moreover, hundreds of graduate students finished their master training courses, and a total of 40 graduate students accomplished the doctoral program. Currently, there are 126 undergraduates as well as 75 graduate students (58 in master program and 17 in doctoral program) proceeding their academic training courses.
Our faculty members, composed of 7 professors, 3 associate professors, 3 assistant professors and 1 teaching assistant, have outstanding performance in biomedical research. In past five years, we have published over one hundred papers in SCI journals, and received several domestic and international patents.
FACILITIES -- The Department worked cohesively with other institutes in the College of Medicine and the University Hospital in teaching and research. The core facility includes ultracentrifuge, HPLC, real-time PCR machine, nephelometer, and flow cytometer etc. Each full-time faculty is allocated with a laboratory space for research and graduate students training. In addition, there are four students' laboratories equipped with instruments for undergraduates to conduct experiments of clinical biochemistry, hematology, microbiology, virology, serology, and clinical microscopy. All the internship are performed in the Department of Laboratory Medicine of NTU Hospital, which has state of the art instruments for clinical diagnosis.
PROGRAMS -- The Department offers a four-year undergraduate program for students seeking for a degree of Bachelor of Science in medical technology. Students must complete 128 credits of required courses. The freshman, sophomore and junior students will take courses mainly at the main campus and the college of medicine of NTU. Later, senior students will practice at the clinical laboratories of the Department of Laboratory Medicine, NTUH.
Graduate Programs -- The aim of the graduate programs is to train graduate students to become leading professionals in medical technology, biotechnology, biomedical research, and laboratory medicine. The Graduate Institute offers a two-to-four year Master program, a minimum of 24 credits of required courses plus thesis leading to the degree of Master of Science; and a two-to-seven year program with a minimum of 18 credits plus thesis leading to the degree of Ph.D.
Profession and the fields for advance study -- After complete the undergraduate program and internship, students are eligible to take board examine held by Examination Yuan for Medical Technologist qualification. With the certificate, students can apply the license of Medical Technologist and serve in Clinical Laboratory. The undergraduates of this Department are well trained fully prepared for advance study in the fields in Life Science and Bio-Medical Sciences. The students from the graduate program of the Department are all well-trained for laboratory operation and experimental skills. They can perform very well in all bio-medical industry.
Graduates of Ph.D. and Master programs can work in academia such as faculties in colleges or universities, or as researchers in research institutions. They are also well trained for research and development of biotechnology industry, or serve as specialists or managers in companies of in vitro diagnostic industry.