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Blended MLT/Biotechnology Option

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.  

The new option combines these MLT science skills with new biotechnology techniques and an environmental lab science course.  The new degree or certificate programs are designed to increase the flexibility of the graduate to work in any laboratory setting.
  • Biological technicians assist scientists who conduct medical research, pharmaceutical companies, investigate infectious organisms, analyze organic substances, examine criminal investigation evidence, or manufacture biological supplies.
  • Environmental technicians perform laboratory as well as field tests to monitor environmental resources and determine the sources of contamination/pollution.

Some Examples of MLT graduates working in nontraditional (non-clinical) lab settings:

Microbiologist in a food industry lab

Environmental lab 

QC technician in Paper Manufacturing Plant 

Research lab technician

Right now Biotechnology is among the hottest sectors of the nation's "New Economy" because of its practical applications now as well as the far reaching potential discoveries made possible by the new methods.

The Baltimore-Washington area is among the leading national clusters of the biotechnology firms.  Industries are locating closer to Western Maryland in nearby  Hagerstown, Frederick, and Rockville. Many of these firms express the need for qualified personnel at the Associate Degree level to carry out biotechnology research or manufacturing.

More career information on science technicians is available from the Occupational Outlook Handbook published by the U.S. Department of Labor Statistics.


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.