CPTC Hosts study tour for Japanese students

Sabrina Pullman, left, shows Yudai Aikawa, a medical laboratory student from Japan, the steps for cutting tissue and mounting it on a slide. (Photo courtesy of CPTC)

Medical laboratory students from Japan worked with Clover Park Technical College (CPTC) medical histology technician students on hands-on lab activities, toured the Lakewood campus, and visited Seattle as part of a three-day study tour from May 20 to May 22.

The medical laboratory study exchange program is a recurring partnership between Osaka Jikei College and CPTC. The trip is required for the Japanese students as part of a three-year program and is one of the reasons students want to attend OJC.

“They were really good teachers,” OJC student Aozora Kanemaru said.

Several exchange students’ favorite part of the lab was working with human organs, and cutting slices of a human brain. So far, students have only practiced techniques on rats at OJC.

The exchange students visited Harborview Burn Center and CellNetix in Seattle to see the medical laboratory techniques they are studying in action.

“I like how highly the profession is regarded in the United States,” said OJC student Erika Nakano. (end)

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