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Medical Laboratory Technology

Engage Your Future: Join the People Behind the Results
If you like science and have a passion for helping others, this could be the career for you. It is estimated that 70-80% of patient diagnosis is the result of laboratory test data.  Medical laboratory technicians (MLTs), use their science skills to perform these patient tests. The test results assist physicians in the diagnosing and monitoring of disease as well as in maintaining patient health.   A career in medical laboratory science means a fast-paced, caring profession where you'll treat the specimens you receive as if they were the patients themselves in the laboratory. Clinical laboratory testing plays a crucial role in the detection, diagnosis and treatment of disease. Medical laboratory technicians (MLTs), use their science skills to perform the tests. The results of these tests assist physicians in the diagnosis, detection and treatment of disease. A career in medical laboratory science means a fast-paced, caring profession where you'll treat the specimens you receive as if they were the patients themselves in the laboratory. It is estimated that 70-80% of patient diagnosis is the result of laboratory test result data.
Questions?
Program Director and Professor
301-784-5547
Location: ALLIED HEALTH (AH) 249
What will you learn?
  • Examine and analyze blood and body fluids providing results physicians need for patient wellness checks or to diagnose/ monitor disease.
  • Differentiate normal from abnormal findings in tests results in the hematology and clinical chemistry departments.
  • Identify organisms causing infectious disease in the microbiology section of the laboratory.
  • Match blood for life-saving transfusions in the blood banking department of the laboratory.
  • Verify the validity of the results of tests through the evaluation of quality control.
What will you do?
  • Perform laboratory tests on patients in a hospital or acute care setting.
  • Perform laboratory tests on patients in an outpatient or ambulatory care setting.
  • Perform laboratory tests in a reference laboratory setting or a research laboratory.
  • Work in a blood center laboratory such as the American Red Cross.
  • Work in a microbiology laboratory
  • Use the science skills and training from the program to work in a variety of laboratory settings such as industrial laboratories, public health laboratories, environmental laboratories, veterinary laboratories, etc.

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Program Details
Medical laboratory technicians usually need an associate’s degree. Medical laboratory scientists/technologists typically need a bachelor’s degree. Some states require scientists/technologists and technicians to be licensed.  There is a tremendous shortage of clinical laboratory professionals.

The MLT program is an accredited career program that will enable you to seek clinical employment at the program’s completion.  You will receive an Associate in Applied Science degree and will be eligible to take the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) certification examination for Medical Laboratory Technicians.   

Our program is a 2-year laboratory technician program. The 2-year MLT degree at ACM transfers to 4-year MLS programs including online university MLS programs and traditional, on-campus university MLS programs. Beginning a laboratory career at the associate degree level can be a very economical way to start because many employers have tuition reimbursement benefits to assist in the cost of continuing your education.

While in the MLT curriculum, you will complete general education courses, coursework with knowledge and hands-on training in the laboratory departments of hematology, clinical chemistry, microbiology and blood banking.  Once all coursework has been completed, you will be placed in a semester-long practicum experience in our regional healthcare laboratories.  

The program has strong outcomes, preparing graduates for successful careers in laboratory medicine. Program faculty are dedicated to student success.

If you like science and enjoy any of the crime investigation shows on television, then Allegany College of Maryland's Medical Laboratory Technology program is a career path you want to explore.

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Accreditation
Allegany College of Maryland's Medical Laboratory Technology program is accredited by:
National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Science (NAACLS)5600 N. River Road, Suite 720, Rosemont, IL 60018-5119.

Admissions Criteria

Program Goals & Learning Outcomes
Program Goals
  • Students will competently perform routine clinical laboratory tests.
  • Students will possess the professional attitudes and behaviors critical to being a valued member of the healthcare/workplace team.
  • The ACM MLT program student will meet the needs of the laboratory community by completing program academic and internship requirements to graduate from the MLT program, achieve industry certification and obtain relevant field employment.
Learning Outcomes
  • MLT students will perform laboratory test procedures accurately and efficiently.
  • MLT students will analyze diverse types of information to choose an appropriate course of action in order to perform laboratory tests and solve problems accurately and efficiently.
  • MLT students will communicate effectively using professional interpersonal skills resulting in successful interactions with colleagues and patients.
  • MLT students will behave in a manner consistent with the standards of the laboratory profession.
  • MLT students will describe the importance of continuing education in lifelong learning and in obtaining and maintaining professional credentialing.
  • Students will successfully complete the program.
  • Graduating clinical MLT students will pass the ASCP national certification examination.
  •  Graduating MLT students will gain relevant professional employment within one year of graduation from the program.
  • MLT graduates and their employers will be satisfied with the training the student received in the ACM MLT program.

Student Achievement
Pass Rate on ASCP-BOC Examination
and Job Placement Rate
Graduates between
7/1/15 - 6/30/16
Graduates between
7/1/16 - 6/30/17
Graduates between
7/1/17 - 6/30/18
ACM MLT ASCP-BOC Pass Rate 100% 90% 89%
National Average ASCP-BOC Pass Rate 81% 81.5% 81.5%
Yearly Attrition Rate* 12% 9% 9%
Yearly Graduation Rate* 82%  90%  90%
Yearly Average Job Placement Rate 87.5%  91%  92%

*Those beginning the "final half" of the program; ASCP-BOC - American Society for Clinical Pathology Board of Certification Examination


Meet the Faculty

Our experienced, knowledgeable faculty are excited to share their expertise with you and prepare you to succeed in the diverse, dynamic field of Medical Laboratory Technology.

Stacey Rohrbaugh 
Program Director and Professor

301-784-5547
Allied Health 249

B.S., West Virginia University
M.Ed., Frostburg State University
MLS (ASCP)CM

Windi Wilson 
Assistant Professor

301-784-5548
Allied Health 248

A.A.S., Allegany College of Maryland
B.S., University of Cincinnati   
M.S., Rutgers University
MS, MLS (ASCP)CM, SM(ASCP)CM

Elaine Helmstetter 
Administrative Associate

301-784-5557
Allied Health 246

A.A., Allegany College of Maryland

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