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Application Process

  1. Credit students must apply for admission to AACC and identify Medical Laboratory Assistant, CRT.MLA.MLA, as the field of study and the goal as “Certificate Seeking.” The general college application process is further detailed on the credit application page.
  2. To apply to the program, you must submit a completed Medical Laboratory Assistant application (which can be found on the Health Sciences Applicants page).The application deadline for the program is July 15 for the fall term and Nov. 15 for the spring term.* 
  3. You can apply to the program only after meeting all academic and admission criteria. Know your program's requirements and follow directions carefully (see Admission and Academic Requirements below).
  4. Incomplete applications are not considered and will be returned to you.
  5. Email your application to healthsciencesadmissions@aacc.edu. You may also mail your application to the college at:

Anne Arundel Community College
ATTN: School of Health Sciences Admissions HLSB 174
101 College Parkway
Arnold, MD 21012

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

Advising

Once you apply and before you submit any prior transcripts, be sure to meet with a Health Sciences advisor.

If you plan to transfer general education requirements, have your official transcripts sent directly to the college's records and registration office. The official transcripts from all previously attended institutions of higher education must be submitted.


Admission and Academic Requirements

Information Session

Mandatory attendance at an information session is required prior to submitting the Medical Laboratory Assistant program application. Call 410-777-7310 for dates, times and locations or view the schedule on AACC's online calendar.

  • There is no cost to attend.
  • Detailed information regarding program, profession, admission and academic requirements and selection criteria will be discussed.

English

You must demonstrate eligibility for ENG-101/ENG-101A. There are a number of ways this can be done:

  • Qualifying SAT/ACT scores
  • Appropriate score on the English placement test
  • Unweighted high school GPA (if you graduated in the last five years)
  • Successful completion of developmental courses, if applicable
  • Transfer of credits for ENG-101
  • Appropriate score on an AP exam
  • Appropriate score on a CLEP test
  • Appropriate score on GED test

See an academic advisor for more information, or visit our Determine Placement page.

Mathematics/Arithmetic

In order to take Human Biology (BIO-231), applicants must be general education mathematics eligible OR must successfully pass the Arithmetic Placement Test with a score of 27 or higher OR successfully pass Arithmetic (MAT-005) with a grade of B or better.

There are a number of ways this can be done.

Qualifying SAT/ACT scores

  • Appropriate score on the mathematics placement test
  • Unweighted high school GPA plus coursework (if you graduated in the last five years)
  • Successful completion of developmental courses, if applicable
  • Transfer of credits for a general education mathematics
  • Appropriate score on an AP exam
  • Appropriate score on a CLEP test
  • Appropriate score on GED test
  • Appropriate score on the Arithmetic Placement test
  • A grade of B or better in Arithmetic (MAT-005)

For information see an academic advisor or visit our Determine Placement page.

High School Graduate or Equivalency

Before you submit your application, you must have your official high school transcripts or GED® equivalency transcripts submitted electronically to AACC's records and registration office.

Note: A transcript/equivalency certificate is considered official when enclosed in a sealed envelope from the institution or sent electronically by the sending institution. It must also include a graduation/completion date and a school official’s signature. Your application will not be considered complete if the required documentation is not received prior to or at the time your application is submitted.

Satisfactory Academic Standing

Must have a minimum adjusted grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 at this college to be considered for selection into the Medical Laboratory Assistant program.

Admission Recommendations

Submitting a written statement consisting of a minimum of two paragraphs explaining why you plan to pursue the Medical Laboratory Assistant profession is recommended and is only for informational purposes. It does not affect the admission process.

College Credit Transfer

If you have taken general education courses at a nationally recognized institution other than AACC, you must submit official transcripts with your application for review.

Learn more about transfer credit.

Note: A transcript/equivalency certificate is considered official when enclosed in a sealed envelope from the institution or sent electronically by the sending institution. It must also include a graduation/completion date, if applicable, and a school official’s signature. Your application will not be considered complete if the required documentation is not received prior to or at the time your application is submitted.

Foreign Education and International Students

Foreign educated students must have their college and high school transcripts evaluated by one of the following credential evaluators:

Foreign educated students 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 or ENG-101A and ENG-102 course sequence with grades of C or better prior to applying to the program. If you need to fulfill this requirement, we recommend that you take the TOEFL test as soon as possible, as this requirement can take time to complete. You must have your official score report sent directly to Anne Arundel Community College.  Anne Arundel Community College’s code for TOEFL is 5019.

If you are an international student, there may be additional requirements for you. Visit our international student pages to learn more about visa status and other information.

Note: If you do not have a Social Security number, you may not be permitted at some clinical rotation sites and site availability could delay or inhibit your progression in the program. An international student admission specialist in AACC's Admissions and Enrollment Development office may be able to assist students with F-1 visa status to obtain a Social Security number through practical training. Call them at 410-777-2677.


Required Courses

The required courses for this program can be found in the Loading....

All students must receive a minimum grade of C or better in each general education course and each medical laboratory assistant course and a mark of satisfactory in the clinical laboratory to proceed in the program.

Due to the selection process, the Medical Laboratory Assistant program cannot accept pass-fail as a replacement for letter grades in the required courses.


Selection Process

The criteria used to select the conditional acceptance candidates will be applied in the following order:

  • Applications must be submitted by application deadline date.
  • Applicants must be 18 or older by the first day of class.
  • You are eligible for selection if you have completed all the admissions and academic requirements, including attending a Medical Laboratory Assistant program information session, by the date your application is submitted.
  • Students will be admitted to the Medical Laboratory Assistant course sequence each fall and spring term 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.
  • You will receive a status letter by email once your application has been reviewed.
  • The admissions department will choose the most competitive applicants and review:
    • Satisfactory completion of all academic and admission requirements
    • Priority will be given to applicants who are currently enrolled in Anne Arundel Community College’s Phlebotomy Technician Letter of Recognition program.
    • Priority will be given to applicants who have completed the Anne Arundel Community College Phlebotomy Technician Letter of Recognition in the last three years prior to the date of their application.
    • Priority will be given to applicants who have worked at least one year as a phlebotomist.
    • Students who have the longest continuous enrollment at this college. Students who have completed all required courses and are not currently taking classes will be considered as having continuous enrollment.
    • GPA in math and science courses required in the program or high school math and science courses
  • Selected applicants will have their selection packet for conditional acceptance emailed to their AACC email address.

Conditional Acceptance

Applicants who have met the academic and admission requirements and have been selected into the program are given conditional acceptance. If you are granted conditional acceptance, you must submit a completed health examination record and criminal background check by designated deadlines. You must also submit verification of current American Heart Association Basic Life Support (BLS) CPR certification by a designated deadline. Students who do not meet this deadline will not be further considered for admission and the next person on the list will be contacted. Instructions on how to complete the criminal background check will be enclosed in the selection packet and are not to be done until instructed to do so.

  • Qualified applicants not initially selected for conditional acceptance will be placed on a list in the order received and notified of selection when a seat becomes available. These applicants do not have to reapply.
  • Conditionally accepted candidates must attend a mandatory orientation on a designated date.
  • Conditionally accepted candidates not attending this meeting may lose their seat in the class.
  • Final acceptance into the program shall be contingent upon satisfactory completion of a criminal background check.

Criminal Background Check

All Health Sciences students who are offered admission and/or clinical placement will be required to submit to a complete criminal background check.

Learn more about the background check.

Health Examination Record

Students conditionally accepted to this program must 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.

Learn more about the health examination record to include vaccinations and technical standards.

CPR

Conditionally accepted students must successfully complete the American Heart Association Basic Life Support (BLS) CPR course. CPR certification must be valid through graduation.

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.