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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.
Program Director and Professor
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.

Why ACM?

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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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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
  • Graduates will competently and safely collect appropriate specimens and perform efficiently.
  • Graduates will possess the professional attitudes and behaviors critical to being a valued member of the healthcare/workplace team.
  • The ACM MLT program graduate will meet the needs of the laboratory community by successfully 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 perform basic venipuncture techniques to collect appropriate blood specimens needed for analysis.
  • MLT students will apply knowledge to analyze diverse types of information to choose an appropriate course of action in order to effectively collect or process specimens.
  • MLT students will apply knowledge to analyze diverse types of information to choose an appropriate course of action in order to effectively analyze and interpret results.
  • MLT students will demonstrate proper safety practices while performing procedures and collecting specimens.
  • 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.

Student Achievement
Graduating Year ACM-MLT Pass Rate ASCP-BOC Exam (within 1st year) National Pass Rate ASCP-BOC Exam % of Graduates Retained After Entering Final Year of the Program Graduate Job Placement in 1 year or Continuing Education

2023     (7/1/22-4/4/24)

100% 78% 100% 100%
100% 77% 71% 100%
100% 77% 100% 100%
3 Year Program Average 100%  N/A 90% 100%

* Program Certification Pass Rate, Student Retention and Job Placement Rate

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

Allied Health 249

B.S., West Virginia University
M.Ed., Frostburg State University

Tracie Koontz
Associate Professor

Allied Health 245

A.A.S., Allegany College of Maryland; B.S.-CLS, University of Cincinnati; M.H.A., University of Cincinnati MLS (ASCP)CM

Stacy Senka

Allied Health 248

A.A., Allegany College of Maryland; B.S., University of Louisiana, Monroe MLS (ASCP)

Elaine Bridges
Administrative Associate

Allied Health 246

A.A., Allegany College of Maryland

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