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: 66
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.
The 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.
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.
- Attendance at a program information session or call 410-777-7310 for schedule. You may also view the online information session. Detailed information regarding program, profession, admission and academic requirements and selection criteria will be discussed.
- Submit a completed program application by the application deadline.
- Eligibility for ENG 101 / ENG 101A .
- Eligibility for MAT 137 .
- Must have a minimum adjusted grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 at this college.
- 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, WES (World Education Services) at www.wes.org, SpanTran: The Evaluation Company at www.spantran.com.
- 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 101 / ENG 101A and ENG 102 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.
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 Medical Laboratory Technician 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.
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.
Criminal Background Check 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.
Limitations of hospital, clinical or laboratory facilities necessitate certain enrollment restrictions.
Planning Tool: Two-Year Sequence of Courses
Medical Laboratory Technician Program Sequence
First Year - Term 1
- BIO 231 - Human Biology 1 4 credit hours OR
- BIO 233 - Anatomy and Physiology 1 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 Academic Chair apply for BIO 231 course 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-B.S. 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.
- CHE 111 - General Chemistry 1 4 credit hours
- MLT 100 - Introduction to the Medical Laboratory 4 credit hours
English Composition: 3 credits
English Composition: 3 credits
All students in associate degree programs must satisfy the Diversity Requirement . In many cases, students may satisfy this requirement simultaneously as they satisfy a general education course requirement or with an elective.
Wellness Requirement satisfied throughout the program by MLT 100, MLT 101, MLT 202, MLT 203, MLT 204, MLT 205, MLT 206, MLT 276, MLT 277, MLT 278, and MLT 279.
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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