Are you interested in a career in clinical laboratory science? Did you know that doctors and other health professionals rely on the work of laboratory professionals to make an accurate patient diagnosis over 70 percent of the time? Consider pursuing a career as a Medical Laboratory Technician (MLT) and become a member of the laboratory team. As an MLT, you will analyze blood, body fluids and microbiology cultures; work up blood units for transfusions, operate automated equipment, instruments and analyzers; and conduct manual testing in accordance with federal laws, guidelines and national standards. It is an ever-changing and challenging career that you can take anywhere in the United States. Upon graduation from AACC’s MLT program, you can be credentialed as an MLT(ASCP) by taking the American Society of Clinical Pathology Board of Certification (ASCP-BOC) MLT examination.
AACC offers the following Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) in this area of study. The state of Maryland refers to the A.A.S. as a career degree, because it's intended to provide you the skills to enter the workforce. In some cases, AACC has entered into agreements allowing this degree to transfer to select colleges. Where that is the case, it's noted with the degree below.
Students in the Medical Laboratory Technician program learn about the immune system, blood cells and blood banking procedures. In the clinical chemistry laboratory, students learn how to diagnose bacteria in patient samples and analyze samples for drugs of abuse, cholesterol and glucose. In their sophomore spring semester, students rotate through four different hospital or clinical laboratory departments.
Graduates of the Medical Laboratory Technician program are prepared to take a national credentialing examination.
If you're interested in earning a four-year degree and want to study this subject, Transfer Studies may be your solution. This distinctive degree is designed to let you choose an area of concentration (or major), while completing your state of Maryland general education requirements.
The Transfer Studies, A.A. allows you to explore different subjects or concentrate on a specific course plan that will best meet your in-state (and even some out-of-state) transfer goals. If you hope to transfer to a specific program or school, one of our advisors can help structure your AACC studies specifically for that purpose. The result? You get a well-rounded associate degree preparing you for further studies and successful career.
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MLT gradates have opportunities to enter flexible health care careers in clinical laboratory science. They can go directly into the clinical laboratory workforce or pursue additional education to earn their bachelor’s degree as a Medical Laboratory Scientist (MLS). Many MLS graduates go on to dental, medical and pharmacy schools as well as physician assistant and pathology assistant programs. The background in laboratory science will enable these graduates to take their knowledge to the next level of direct patient care and will aide them in interpreting their patients’ laboratory results with ease. There is a shortage of clinical laboratory professionals according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. To learn more, visit the Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook (sponsored by the Bureau of Labor Statistics), and check out AACC’s Career Coach.
Yes! The “face” of the laboratory is the phlebotomist, and the phlebotomy program can lead to a career of its own. The phlebotomy program has multiple cohorts throughout the year and students are admitted into the phlebotomy program on a rolling admissions basis. Phlebotomists can also apply for the MLT program, which has a May 15 application deadline for incoming fall class.
Anne Arundel Community College's Medical Laboratory Technician A.A.S. Degree Program is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS). NAACLS is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).
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