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Blended MLT/Biotechnology Option

Some 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 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.

This option combines MLT clinical science skills with new biotechnology techniques. 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:

  • Microbiollogist in a Food Industry Lab
  • Environmental Lab
  • QC Technician in Paper Manufacturing Plant
  • Research Lab Technician

The AAS degree seeking MLT student would need 2 additional courses to graduate with an AAS in Medical Laboratory Technology and a Certificate in Biotechnology:


  • MLT/BIO 206 Biotechnology
  • BIO 220 Essentials of Cell Biology and Genetics


Below is a list of the additional courses required to graduate with 2 Associate Degreees - one in Medical Laboratory Technology and one in Biotechnology:


  • MLT/BIO 206 Biotechnology
  • BIO 220 Essentials of Cell Biology and Genetics
  • MLT 220 Biotechnology Internship
  • Computer Technology Elective




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.