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AACC MLT Program Receives Accreditation

Education
May 13, 2010

      Anne Arundel Community College’s Medical Laboratory Technician associate degree program has received official accreditation for five years from the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences.

      The Associate of Applied Science degree program opened for enrollment in fall 2007. The college launched the program to meet current and projected workforce needs in areas of public health, hospital and physician care and with independent clinical laboratories.

      Medical laboratory technicians perform phlebotomy procedures and tests in the clinical laboratory to enable health care professionals to accurately diagnose illnesses and determine treatment for patients. Skills include preparing, examining and analyzing specimens and basic use of microscopes and other automated laboratory equipment.

      The job outlook for medical laboratory technicians is excellent. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, “employment for clinical laboratory workers is expected to grow by 14 percent between 2008 and 2018.”

      The AACC Medical Laboratory Technician program requires a minimum of 67 credit hours and prepares students for immediate work or to transfer into a four-year medical laboratory technologist degree program. For program information, visit www.aacc.edu/healthprofessions/mlt or call 410-777-7310.