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The Associate of Applied Science Degree in Medical Laboratory Technology requires the acquisition of general knowledge and basic skills in all areas of the laboratory profession. 


Faculty in the Medical Laboratory Technology Department have a responsibility for the welfare of the patients treated or otherwise affected by students enrolled in the Medical Laboratory Technology Programs, as well as for the welfare of students in educational programs of the Department.  In order to fulfill this responsibility, the Medical Laboratory Technology Department has established minimum essential requirements that must be met, with or without reasonable accommodation, in order to participate in the program and graduate.  The Medical Laboratory Technology Department, as part of Allegany College of Maryland, is committed to the principle of equal opportunity.  The Medical Laboratory Technology Department does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, martial status, disability, and disabled veteran or Vietnam era veteran status.


Admission and retention decisions for Medical Laboratory Technology are based not only on prior satisfactory academic achievement, but also on nonacademic factors that serve to insure that the candidate can complete the essential requirements of the academic program for graduation.  Essential requirements, as distinguished from academic standards, refer to those cognitive, physical, and behavioral abilities that are necessary for satisfactory completion of all aspects of the curriculum and for the development of professional attributes required by the faculty of all students at graduation.  The following essential requirements have been developed in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (PL101-336) and the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS).

The following essential functions or technical standards are intended to identify essential skills/knowledge/attitudes needed in the Medical Laboratory Technology curriculum at Allegany College of Maryland:

1.1.  Communication Skills

1.1.1.   Communicate effectively in written and spoken English

1.1.2.   Comprehend and respond to both formal and colloquial English  Person to person    By telephone    In writing

               1.1.3.  Appropriately assess nonverbal & verbal communication  

1.2.    Large and small motor skills

1.2.1.   Move freely from one location to another in physical settings such as the clinical laboratory, patient care areas, corridors, and elevators

1.2.2.   Possess sufficient eye-motor coordination to allow delicate manipulations of specimens, instruments, and tools

1.2.3.   Grasp and release small objects (e.g., test tubes, pipette tips, microscope slides and cover slips); twist and turn dials/knobs (e.g., on microscopes, balances, centrifuges, spectrophotometers)

1.2.4.   Manipulate other laboratory materials (e.g., reagents, manual and automated pipettes)

 1.3.   Other physical requirements 

1.3.1.   Visual acuity  Identify and distinguish objects macroscopically and microscopically  Read charts, graphs, and instrument scales/readout devices

1.3.2.    Lift and move objects of at least 20 pounds

1.3.3.   Possess a sense of touch and temperature discrimination

1.4   Professional and application skills

1.4.1.   Follow written and verbal directions

1.4.2.   Possess and apply mathematical skills

1.4.3.   Work under time constraints

1.4.4.   Prioritize requests and work concurrently on at least two different tasks

1.4.5.   Maintain alertness and concentration during a normal work period

1.4.6.   Apply knowledge, skills, and values learned from course work and life experiences to new situations

1.4.7.   Work safely with potential chemical, radiologic, and biologic hazards using universal precautions

1.5.  Valuing Skills

1.5.1.   Show respect for self and others

1.5.2.   Project an image of professionalism including appearance, dress, and confidence

1.6.  Stability

1.6.1.   Possess the psychological health required for full utilization of abilities

1.6.2.  Recognize emergency situations and take appropriate actions

Technical standards identify the requirements for admission, retention and graduation of applicants and students respectively.  Graduates are expected to be qualified to enter the field of Medical Laboratory Technology.  It is therefore the responsibility of the student with disabilities to request those accommodations that he/she feels are reasonable.  To inquire about the process for requesting accommodations, please contact:  Carol Davis, Coordinator of Career Exploration and Special Services at 301-784-5355.

The admission of students is based on the academic standing of the student.  Once accepted to the program the student fills out the following form to notify the program of the student's disability:

I certify that I have read and understand the Allegany College of Maryland Medical Laboratory Technology Program’s Essential Requirements for admission and:

_____  I meet each of the Essential Requirements for admission with no accommodation.

_____ I meet the Essential Requirements for admission with reasonable accommodations.  (See Carol Davis, Coordinator of Career Exploration  and Special Services).

_____ I do not meet Essential Requirements at this time.  (See Program Director, Stacey Rohrbaugh for concerns).

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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.