Dec 03, 2021  
2021-2022 Catalog 
2021-2022 Catalog

Medical Laboratory Assistant (certificate)

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Special Admission Requirements - Spring application available June 1 - Deadline: November 15*
                                                                    Fall application available Dec. 1 - Deadline: July 15*

Official Title of Certificate: Medical Laboratory Assistant, Certificate

Award: Certificate


Total Credit Hours: 29

Purpose: Prepares students as trained clinical laboratory assistants in a variety of clinical laboratory settings including hospitals, clinics and physician office laboratories.

Range of Occupations

  • Medical Laboratory Assistant

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.


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

Certificate Graduation Requirements

To graduate with a certificate, students must have demonstrated eligibility for ENG 101 ENG 101A , ENG 111, ENG 115, or ENG 121. See Academic Regulations on Graduation Requirements .

Entrance/Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements

  1. Attendance at a program information session is required or call 410-777-7310 for schedule. Detailed information regarding profession and academic requirements will be discussed.
  2. Mail or email the completed program application to the designated address for the Health Sciences Admissions office found on the application.
  3. High school graduate or equivalency. Transcripts required.
  4. Official transcripts are required for course evaluation and transfer.
  5. Eligibility for ENG 101  / ENG 101A  .
  6. Eligibility for general education mathematics or must successfully pass the Arithmetic Placement Test with a score of 27 or higher or successfully pass MAT 005 with a grade of B or better.
  7. Must have a minimum adjusted grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 at this college.
  8. Foreign educated students must have college transcripts evaluated by one of the following credential evaluators: ECE (Educational Credential Evaluators) at, WES (World Education Services) at, or SpanTran: The Evaluation Company at
  9. Foreign educated students whose native language is not English 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 Assistant program. Anne Arundel Community College’s code for TOEFL is 5019.

Selection Criteria

Students will be admitted to the Medical Laboratory Assistant course sequence each fall and spring semester as the number of students permit. Applications received by the deadline will be assured consideration based on space availability. Applications received after the deadline may be considered on a space-available basis. Applications will be available on the college website by Dec. 1 for fall and June 1 for spring.

To be considered for conditional acceptance, applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Priority will be given to candidates who are currently in, or have recently completed, the Phlebotomy Letter of Recognition program.
  • Must satisfactorily complete all academic and admission requirements.
  • Final acceptance in 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.

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.

Certificate Requirements: 29 credits

Total credits: 12

Total credits: 1

Total Credits: 16

Program Outcomes

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

  1. Use technical, critical thinking and problem-solving skills in their didactic and clinical experiences.
  2. Practice their profession within the clinical laboratory legal framework, utilizing sound ethical values.
  3. Promote and maintain cooperative and successful relationships between clients, patients, physicians, allied health providers, and the health care community.
  4. 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.
  5. Obtain eligibility to sit for certification and/or registration exams.
  6. Practice the profession of clinical laboratory assistant with the recognition of, and sensitivity to, cultural and socioeconomic differences.
  7. Demonstrate effective written, oral, and nonverbal communication with colleagues, other health care providers, and the public.
  8. Participate in continuing education and the development of new knowledge and skills.

This program aligns with all the college’s core competencies.

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