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Application Process

  1. Credit students must apply for admission to AACC and identify Medical Laboratory Technician (A.A.S.), as the degree. 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 Technician application (which can be found on the Health Sciences Applicants page). Program applications are accepted on a rolling admission throughout the year. The program begins each fall (August) 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. The application will be reviewed and you will receive an email to your AACC student email account indicating the status of your application. 
  5. Incomplete applications are not considered and will not be processed. You will be notified by your AACC email if required application information was not submitted. 
  6. Email your application to 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


 Before you meet with a health sciences advisor, apply to AACC and submit official transcripts from prior academic institutions. 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

Attendance at an information session is highly recommended prior to submitting the Medical Laboratory Technician 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.
  • We offer virtual and/or in-person information sessions
  • Detailed information regarding program, profession, admission and academic requirements, and selection criteria will be discussed.


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.


You must demonstrate eligibility for College Algebra (MAT-137). 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 MAT-137 (College Algebra)
  • Appropriate score on an AP exam
  • Appropriate score on a CLEP test
  • Appropriate score on GED test 

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

Satisfactory Academic Standing

You must have a minimum adjusted grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 to be considered for selection into the Medical Laboratory Technician program.

College Credit Transfer

If you have taken program 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 may be found in the AACC College Catalog

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

Due to the selection process, the 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.
  • You are eligible for selection if you have completed all the admissions and academic requirements by the date your application is submitted.
  • 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 the following:
    • Students who have completed the largest number of required general education courses with a grade of C or better
    • GPA in all general education courses, including AP and transfer grades, required in the program
    • GPA in math and science courses required in the program or high school math and science courses
    • 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.
  • 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 waitlist in order received and notified of selection when a seat becomes available. Waitlist applicants not given a seat for the semester in which they applied must reapply for future consideration. Conditionally accepted and waitlist candidates must attend a mandatory meeting on a designated date. Candidates not attending this meeting will lose their seat in the class.
  • Applicants who are offered a seat and wish to decline will have to reapply if interested in a future seat as seats will not be held.
  • Final acceptance into the program shall be contingent upon satisfactory completion and submission of a health examination record, urine drug screen, criminal background check, current CPR certification card and attendance at the mandatory meeting.

Criminal Background Check

All Health Sciences students who are offered conditional acceptance and/or clinical placement into the Medical Laboratory Technician program are required to satisfactorily complete a criminal background check and possible urine drug screening. For complete details, visit the Criminal Background Check and Drug Screening page

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.


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.