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Medical Laboratory Technician, A.A.S.

Special Admission Requirements - Program Application Deadline: April 15*

Award: Associate of Applied Science degree, A.A.S. (code: AAS.MLT.MLT)

Total Credit Hours: A minimum of 64 credit hours.

Learn about the Medical Laboratory Technician Degree program

Purpose: Prepares the student for entry-level employment in laboratory medicine to meet the current and the increasing demands for medical laboratory technicians. Medical laboratory technicians work in a variety of settings, such as hospitals, clinics, physician’s offices, and independent laboratories. The medical laboratory technician performs phlebotomy procedures; procures and performs blood and non-blood testing in the clinical laboratory; and aids the physician in diagnosing, monitoring, and determining treatment modalities, functioning as an essential member of the health care team. Skills include preparation of specimens, examination and analysis of blood and non-blood specimens, microscopy, and using and maintaining automated laboratory equipment.

Anne Arundel Community College Medical Laboratory Technician program is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS). NAACLS is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). NAACLS, 5600 N. River Road, Suite 720, Rosemont, IL 60018-5119, 773-714-8880.

AACC cannot confirm whether the course or program meets requirements for professional licensure in states other than Maryland.   If you plan to apply for licensure in a state other than Maryland, contact that state’s licensing board to determine whether the AACC course or program meets requirements for licensure in that state.  If you need assistance finding contact information for your state, or if you need additional information regarding professional licensure, please contact the School of Health Sciences at 410-777-7310.

Range of Occupations

  • Medical laboratory technician

Occupations can be explored further through the virtual Careers Center.

Special Conditions

Health Manpower Shortage: This program of study may be designated a Health Manpower Shortage Tuition Reduction Program. This means that some residents of Maryland (see the Tuition, Fees and Payments  section of this catalog) enrolled in this program of study by the first day of the term may be eligible for in-county tuition rates for courses required for program completion. It is the student’s responsibility to confirm that this program still maintains a Health Manpower Shortage Program status before enrolling. Please refer to the college’s Accounts Receivable Office to confirm this designation.

*If application deadline falls on a weekend, then applications will be accepted until the close of business on the next business day.


Anne Arundel Community College and/or the School of Health Sciences reserves the right to revise requirements for admission into the Health Sciences programs, the selection criteria and procedures, and the required courses for programs of study as deemed necessary without prior notification.


Entrance/Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements

  1. Attendance at a program information session. Call 410-777-7310 for schedule. Detailed information regarding program, profession, admission and academic requirements and selection criteria will be discussed. For online schedule, go to www.aacc.edu/healthsciences/infosessions.
  2. Submit a completed program application by the application deadline.
  3. Eligibility for ENG 111  or ENG 115  or ENG 121 .
  4. Eligibility for MAT 141 .
  5. Foreign educated students: must have their college and high school transcripts evaluated by one of the following credential evaluators: ECE (Educational Credential Evaluators) at www.ece.org or WES (World Education Services) at www.wes.org.
  6. Foreign educated students: must successfully pass the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) with a minimum score of 550 (213 is the equivalent computer score and 79 is the equivalent Internet based score) OR must have completed the ENG 111 /ENG 112  or ENG 115 /ENG 116  or ENG 121  course sequence with grades of C or better prior to applying to the Medical Laboratory Technician program. Anne Arundel Community College’s code for TOEFL is 5019.
  7. Satisfactory completion of criminal background check.
  8. Submission of completed health examination record.
  9. Submission of current American Heart Association CPR for Health Care Providers certification card.

Selection Criteria

Students will be admitted to the Medical Laboratory Technician course sequence each fall as the number of students permit. Applications received by deadline will be assured consideration based on space availability. Applications received after the deadline will be considered on a space-available basis. Applications will be available in the Health Sciences office, Florestano Building Room 100 and on the college website after Dec. 1 for fall. To be considered for conditional acceptance, applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • First consideration will be given to candidates whose resident address is in Anne Arundel County for at least 3 months prior to the application deadline date.
  • Must satisfactorily complete all academic and admission requirements.
  • Must have a minimum adjusted grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 at this college.
  • Final selection for the medical laboratory technician course sequence will be based on the criteria described in the MLT department admission requirements available at a program information session.
  • Final acceptance into the program shall be contingent upon satisfactory completion of a criminal background check and satisfactory completion of a Health Examination Record.

Technical Standards

Students who are conditionally accepted to this program of study will be required to submit a Health Examination Record completed by a physician, nurse practitioner or physician assistant validating that the student meets the technical standard of good physical and mental health as established by the School of Health Sciences, and verifying that the student is free of communicable diseases as evidenced by required immunizations/titers.


Students must successfully complete the American Heart Association Basic Life Support CPR for Health Care Providers course by designated deadline.

Enrollment Restrictions

Limitations of hospital, clinical or laboratory facilities necessitate certain enrollment restrictions.

Criminal Background Checks and Drug Screening

This program requires the satisfactory completion of a criminal background check and possible drug screening. For complete details, see the Health Sciences  section of this catalog.

Degree/Graduation Requirements

Degree Requirements

 A grade of C or better in each medical laboratory technician and general education course is required to progress in the program. Students practice selected procedures on each other, and perform manual and automated testing in the college laboratory. Students are required, after successful completion of coursework, to perform 480 unpaid practicum hours in the clinical setting.

Planning Tool: Two-Year Sequence of Courses

AACC faculty developed the following sequence of courses to encourage greater success in each student’s program of study.  This sequence incorporates all of the student’s admissions requirements for this degree and provides the student with essential notes to guide their success.  It is recommended that students view and save this as they plan courses for this degree.

  Click Here to View, Save or Print a PDF Copy of the Planning Tool: Two-Year Sequence of Courses and Admissions Requirements     


Medical Laboratory Technician Program Sequence

Program Requirements

First Year - Term 1

English: 3 credits

Total credit hours: 15

First Year - Term 2

Total credit hours: 7

Total credit hours: 16

Total credit hours: 12

Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Utilize technical, critical thinking and problem-solving skills in their didactic and clinical experiences.
  • Practice their profession within the clinical laboratory legal framework, utilizing sound ethical values.
  • Promote and maintain cooperative and successful relationships between clients, patients, physicians, allied health providers, and the health care community.
  • Promote  advocacy  of  the  profession  through  affiliations  with  professional organizations, marketing of professional skills, and by becoming vital members of the health care delivery system.
  • Obtain eligibility to sit for certification and/or registration exams.
  • Practice the profession of medical laboratory technology with the recognition of, and sensitivity to, cultural and socioeconomic differences.
  • Demonstrate effective written, oral, and nonverbal communication with colleagues, other health care providers, and the public.
  • Participate in continuing education and the development of new knowledge and skills.
  • Make a substantial contribution in the United States and globally to the quality of health care.

This program aligns with all the college’s core competencies. For a full list of Core Competencies, click here.

Related Educational Opportunities

Continuing Education and Workforce Development Offerings

Additional courses, credentials and/or certifications may be available through the AACC School of Continuing Education and Workforce Development.

Transfer Agreements

Agreements may exist for this program of study. To access agreements, go to www.aacc.edu/transfer and then click on “Articulations.”