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Medical Laboratory Technology
Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) Degree

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Qualified personnel are needed to work for laboratories in the community. Students can find positions in hospitals, reference laboratories, research laboratories, pharmaceutical companies, veterinary laboratories, as well as sales and quality control. Technicians perform scientific analyses that facilitate physicians' diagnoses and treatment of diseases.

What will students learn if they study Medical Laboratory Technology?
Students receive an integrated experience, with lectures and laboratory practices, both on-campus and in clinical facilities off-campus. They learn how to test specimens accurately and swiftly, with the highest ethical standards.

Are there any requirements that must be satisfied before taking courses in the major?
Algebra I is a prerequisite for all majors. Algebra I competency must be verified with a passing score on the College's placement test. Students must have a "C" or better in high school laboratory biology and laboratory chemistry. As a result of the student’s performance on the College's placement test, he or she may need developmental coursework. All developmental coursework must be completed before they will be considered for admission to the program.

How long will it take to complete this degree? 
Once students complete developmental coursework (if needed), the degree can be completed in two years of full-time study. Students who register for an average of 17 credits each semester can complete the degree in two years. Students must register for the summer session following their first year.

Are there any special requirements once the student is admitted to this major?
He or she must meet the academic standards of progress outlined to stay in the program.

Are there any other things I should consider before I apply?
Yes, there are practical considerations, health considerations and legal considerations that you should review before making the decision to choose medical laboratory technology as a career:

Practical Considerations:
The following Practical Considerations are listed so the student may be better able to assess their career choice in terms of ability to succeed in the program and gain employment in the field:

  1. Have written and oral communications skills in the English language to effectively and accurately communicate with patients, peers, and supervisors.
  2. Have sufficient visual acuity to determine a specimen’s macroscopic characteristics and color. 
  3. Have sufficient visual acuity to determine microscopic cell characteristics and staining properties.
  4. Have motor skills and strength capable of fine and delicate manipulation and adjustments.
  5. Demonstrate acceptable affective behaviors required by health care employees such as maintaining excellent attendance and integrity and being able to work under pressure.
  6. Comprehend and follow clinical policies and procedures related to the profession you choose.

Health Considerations:
Due to the nature of clinical experiences in the Medical Laboratory Technology Program, students will be participating in a work environment that has the potential of exposure to blood borne pathogens and infectious diseases. All students accepted into the Medical Laboratory Technology Program are provided with instruction on infection control protocols specific to the Program in order to reduce the risk of disease transmission.

Legal Considerations:
A student is required to have a criminal background check performed with satisfactory results acceptable by Middlesex County College and the Medical Laboratory Technology Department and/or participating clinical facilities as a consideration of admission, initial enrollment and/or continued enrollment. An offer of admission will not be final and enrollment not permitted until the completion of a satisfactory criminal background check. Admission may be denied or rescinded or enrollment terminated based on the results of the criminal background check .

*National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Science (NAACLS)
5600 N. River Road, Suite 720
Rosemont, IL 60018
Phone: 773.714.8800
Website: www.naacls.org


 

 


 

The program requirements include the college's academic requirements and the completion of the five Medical Laboratory Technology Specific courses:

  • MED 101 Introduction to Medical Laboratory I

  • MED 102 Introduction to Medical Laboratory II

  • MED 210 Medical Technology I

  • MED 211 Medical Technology II, and

  • MED 212 Medical Technology III

The Medical Technology specific courses are sequential and consecutive requiring 21 month to complete. This is a 74 credit program. A proposed sample plan and semester sequence would be as follows:

Semester I Credits Semester II Credits
BIO 117 Biology I 4 BIO 118 Biology II 4
CHM 117 Chemistry I 4 CHM 118 Chemistry II 4
ENG 121 English I 3 ENG 122 English II 3
MAT 107 Mathematics I 3 MAT 108 Mathematics II 3
MED 101 Introduction to Medical Lab I 2 MED 102 Introduction to Medical Lab II 3
PSY 123 Psychology I 3
Subtotal 16 Subtotal 20

 

 

Summer Session
MED 210 Medical Technology I 6

Subtotal

6

 

 

Semester III Credits Semester IV Credits
MED 211 Medical Technology II 8 MED 212 Medical Technology III 8
BIO 221 Principles of Microbiology 4 CHM 201 Principles of Organic Chemistry 4
CHM 201 Principles of Organic Chemistry 4 Humanities Elective 3
PED/HED Physical Education or Health 1-3
Subtotal 17-19 Subtotal 15
Total Credits 74 - 76