Medical Laboratory Technology
Do you like Science? Do you like the crime investigation shows on television? If you do, then Allegany College of Maryland's Medical Laboratory Technology program is a career path you want to explore.
A career in medical laboratory science means a fast-paced, caring profession where we treat the specimens we receive as if they were the patients themselves in our laboratory.
We are the professionals behind those laboratory results that physicians rely on to provide 70-80% of clinical diagnoses of patients. We may not be as visible as other members of the health care team, but we work side by side with physicians to provide accurate results.
Clinical laboratory testing plays a crucial role in the detection, diagnosis and treatment of disease. Clinical laboratory technicians, also known as medical laboratory technicians (MLTs), use their science skills to perform most the tests which diagnose, detect and treat disease.
Clinical laboratory personnel:
- Examine and analyze body fluids and the liquid and cellular aspects of blood;
- Look for bacteria, parasites and other microorganisms causing disease;
- Analyze the chemical content of blood and body fluids;
- Match blood for transfusions;
- Test for drug levels in the blood that show how a patent is responding to treatment; and
- Analyze the results and verify the validity of those results and relay the results to physicians.
MLTs use sophisticated laboratory equipment, automated equipment and computerized instruments capable of performing a large number of tests simultaneously.
The traditional areas of medical laboratory training include:
- Clinical Chemistry
- Blood Coagulation
- Blood Banking
- Urinalysis/Body Fluid
The ACM MLT program offers training options in different aspects of laboratory practices.
MLT Program Options:
- Traditional MLT – Prepares graduates to gain employment in a clinical, patient-focused laboratory.
- Biotechnology Option - Prepares graduates to gain employment in an alternative laboratory setting such as a Biotechnology laboratory.
- Biotechnology Certificate - Updates those with MLT or science degrees with new biotechnology laboratory skills.
- Fast-Track Option - Allows those students that have completed all the general education courses to complete the MLT curriculum in 12 months. Graduates are primarily trained to gain employment in a clinical, patient-focused laboratory.
The ACM MLT blood bank class takes an annual trip to the Regional Red Cross facility in Johnstown, PA. Students in the MLT curriculum participate in the Medical Laboratory Technology Club. The MLT club sponsors an open house during National Medical Laboratory Week each year in April.
Allegany College of Maryland's Medical Laboratory Technology program is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Science (NAACLS), 5600 N. River Road, Suite 720, Rosemont, IL 60018-5119.
The Medical laboratory Technology Class of 2011 saw a 100% job placement within 6 months. The ACM MLT program's pass rates on the national certification examination by the American Society for Clinical Pathology have consistently been well above the national average of 78-80%.The ACM Medical Laboratory Technology program is designated as a Health Manpower Shortage Program by the Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC). Maryland residents from counties other than Allegany County who register in this eligible program will be charged the out-of-county tuition rate. However, these students may be eligible to receive reimbursement for a portion of the cost difference between the in-county and out-of-county tuition rates. Funding availability for this program is based on funding from the state of Maryland and is thus subject to change each semester. Some restrictions apply. Please contact the Admissions Office for more information.
Allegany College of Maryland's Medical Laboratory Technology program offers challenging courses that will provide you with the knowledge and skills you need to start your career in medical laboratory science.
- Introduction to Medical Laboratory Science
- Applied Immunology
- Medical Laboratory Techniques
- Clinical Microbiology I
- Clinical Biochemistry
- Clinical Microbiology II
- Clinical Practice I
- Clinical Practice II
- Clinical Practice IV
- Biotechnology Internship
Students can pursue a Bachelor of Science degree in Medical Technology at Allegany College of Maryland through Northeast Louisiana University.
Career Opportunities in Medical Laboratory Science
The practice of modern medicine would be impossible without the tests performed in the clinical laboratory. It is estimated that 70-80% of all patient diagnosis is made on the basis of laboratory tests.
There is a nationwide shortage of qualified clinical laboratory personnel.
A medical team of pathologists, specialists, technologists, and technicians work together to determine the presence, extent, or absence of disease and provide data needed to evaluate the effectiveness of treatment. Laboratory procedures require an array of complex precision instruments and a variety of automated and electronic equipment. However, women and men interested in helping others are the foundation of a successful laboratory. They must be accurate, reliable, have an interest in science and be able to recognize their responsibility for human lives. Clinical Laboratory Personnel need good judgment and the ability to work under pressure. Close attention to detail is essential, because small differences or changes in test substances or numerical readouts can be crucial for patient care. Manual dexterity and normal color vision are highly desirable.
Check out the website Diagnostic Detectives to view an interactive laboratory career program.
- Doctor’s Office
- Public Health
- Reference/Private Laboratories
For more information on a Medical Laboratory Science career, check out the Occupational Outlook Handbook.
Biotechnology/General Science Technician Career
The fast growing field of biotechnology has been incorporated into the Medical Laboratory Technology Curriculum at Allegany College of Maryland.
The Biotechnology option provides a way to broaden the preparation of the laboratory worker for environmental, epidemiological, industrial and research laboratories in addition to the clinical laboratory. Courses provide students with experience in such areas as immunoassay, DNA and RNA isolation, RFLP, blotting, cell preparation and transformation
The Biotechnology Option of the MLT program at Allegany College of Maryland is based on the transferable science skills of the traditional MLT option. The curriculum blends the MLT courses with biotechnology and general science techniques. This option prepares graduates to work in a wide variety of laboratory settings.
A graduate of the Biotechnology option would need three additional courses in order to graduate in the traditional MLT curriculum and to work in a clinical laboratory. Many of our students choose to blend the traditional MLT with the Biotechnology Option to broaden their employment opportunities to both clinical and general science laboratories. Click here to see how to blend these 2 options of the MLT program.
Graduates of the Allegany College of Maryland's MLT program have always found employment in both traditional clinical laboratories as well as employment as general science technicians in a variety of settings due to the transferable science skills.
Some Examples of MLT graduates working in nontraditional (non-clinical) lab settings:
- Microbiologist in food industry labs
- Environmental labs
- Quality Control Technician in paper manufacturing plants
- Research labs
For more information on a career as a Science Technician, check out the Occupational Outlook Handbook.View Salary Information from the U.S. Dept. of Labor
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