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Medical Laboratory Technician, A.A.S.

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Special Admission Requirements - Program Application Deadline: April 15*

Title of Major: Medical Laboratory Technician, A.A.S.

Award: Associate of Applied Science degree, A.A.S.

Total Credit Hours: 64-67


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

Additional Program 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.

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 or call 410-777-7310 for schedule. Detailed information regarding program, profession, admission and academic requirements and selection criteria will be discussed.
  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 137 .
  5. Must have a minimum adjusted grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 at this college.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.

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.
  • 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, Health Examination Record, and submission of current American Heart Association Basic Life Support (BLS) CPR certification card.
  • Information and deadline for completion will be sent in applicant’s conditional acceptance packet. These are not to be completed prior to acceptance notification.

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 (BLS) CPR 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.

Graduation Requirements

See Academic Regulations for college-wide Graduation Requirements .

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Medical Laboratory Technician Program Sequence

Program Requirements

First Year - Term 1

  • 4 credit hours OR
  • 4 credit hours
  • *BIO 231  is the recommended course for the MLT program because BIO 101 - Fundamentals of Biology  is a college prerequisite of BIO 233 . Therefore, it will take two semesters to complete this science sequence. Students who take BIO 233 must have the MLT Program Coordinator apply for BIO 231 program substitution before graduation. BIO 233 is recommended only for those students who have completed BIO 101 prior to entering the MLT program or those students who plan to continue their education in post BS professional programs such as medicine or pharmacy. Students who plan on transferring to Stevenson University’s MLS program should take BIO 231 in keeping with the requirements of the transfer articulation agreement.

  • 4 credit hours
  • 4 credit hours

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.
  • Apply ethical values and appropriate legal standards in clinical laboratory practice.
  • 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.
  • Apply knowledge of cultural and socioeconomic difference to the practice of medical laboratory technology.
  • Demonstrate effective written, oral, and nonverbal communication with colleagues, other health care providers, and the public.​

This program aligns with the college’s core competencies.

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