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Does the idea of being in the lab assisting physicians and other health care professionals excite you? Consider pursuing a Medical Laboratory Technician (MLT) degree. As an MLT, you’ll have access to state-of-the-art equipment to perform phlebotomy; examine and analyze blood and other body fluid specimens; operate automated equipment, instruments, and analyzers; and conduct manual testing in accordance with federal laws, guidelines and nationally standardized procedures.

Career Degree

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.

Medical Laboratory Technician, A.A.S.

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.


Interested in Transfer?

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.

Transfer Studies, A.A.

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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What can you do with a Medical Laboratory Technician degree?

MLT graduates 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 medical, dental and pharmacy schools as well as Physician Assistant and Pathology Assistant programs. The background in laboratory medicine they will receive allows them to be able to interpret the patient’s laboratory results with ease, allowing them to become competent medical practitioners much sooner than their peers. For outlook information about specific careers, visit the Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook (sponsored by the Bureau of Labor Statistics), and check out AACC’s Career Coach to discover the perfect career for you.


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).

5600 N. River Rd, Suite 720
Rosemont, IL 60018-5119


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