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.
The Medical Laboratory Assistant (MLA) 29-credit certificate program provides the education needed to prepare students as trained MLA’s in a variety of clinical laboratory settings including hospitals, clinics and physician office laboratories. Students will learn the practical skills needed to excel as an MLA in in-patient and out-patient phlebotomy and processing, blood donor phlebotomy and processing, specimen accessioning, and other skills. The MLA program includes a 100-hour practicum and serves as a career ladder from AACC’s Phlebotomy Letter of Recognition into the MLA certificate and then to the Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) Medical Laboratory Technician (MLT) degree.
AACC offers the following Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) degrees. The state of Maryland refers to the A.A.S. as a career degree, because it's intended to provide you with skills to enter the workforce. In some cases, AACC has entered into transfer agreements that allow these degrees to transfer to select colleges. A list of active agreements may be found under Transfer Services on this website.
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.
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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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The following certificate prepares students for employment and feed into the A.A.S. degree, if desired.
The Medical Laboratory Assistant (MLA) 29-credit certificate program provides the education needed to prepare students as trained MLA’s in a variety of clinical laboratory settings including hospitals, clinics and physician office laboratories. Students will learn the practical skills needed to excel as an MLA in in-patient and out-patient phlebotomy and processing, blood donor phlebotomy and processing, specimen accessioning, Point-of-Care and Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendment (CLIA’88) waived testing, and computer and customer service skills. The MLA program includes a 100-hour practicum and serves as a career ladder from AACC’s Phlebotomy Letter of Recognition into the MLA certificate and then to the Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) Medical Laboratory Technician (MLT) degree.
Graduates will qualify for entry-level specimen processor positions in the clinical laboratory sector. Upon completion of this program, students are eligible to apply for national certification as a Medical Laboratory Assistant through the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP).
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The Phlebotomy Technician Letter of Recognition is 12 credits and teaches the principles and practice of venipuncture, skin puncturing and processing of samples for laboratory testing. Topics include venipuncture theory and techniques, concepts of cardiovascular anatomy and physiology, terminology and an introduction to standard hospital laboratory tests.
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).
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, and those who complete the Medical Laboratory Assistant certificate, can also apply for the MLT program, which has a May 15 application deadline for the 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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