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Medical Laboratory Technology (MLT)

Become a qualified technician with a Medical Laboratory Associate of Applied Science degree or Phlebotomy Certificate from Arapahoe Community College.

Medical instruments

Become a qualified technician with skills and confidence to perform laboratory procedures and testing techniques. With an Associate of Applied Science degree in Medical Laboratory Technology, you can work with healthcare partners and physicians on determining the causes of patient illnesses. As a student you’ll learn from the most qualified faculty, with over 20 years of experience, from a quality program. Once you graduate, get into the workforce or take the American College of Physicians (ACP) Board certification exam. Help produce results and put patients at ease in their medical care. We need you!

Jennifer Kellogg
Program Chair
Medical Laboratory Technology
jennifer.kellogg [at] arapahoe.edu

MLT Application Deadline

After you apply to ACC, you will need to apply for the MLT program. The application process is open January 1 - March 31 for the following fall semester each year. The application will be posted during that timeframe.

What You'll Learn

The skills you learn in the ACC Medical Laboratory Technology program will help you begin your career or further it. Once you graduate, you’ll be able to:

  • Display entry-level Medical Laboratory Technology skills in the following clinical lab areas:
    • Blood bank
    • Chemistry
    • Hematology
    • Immunology
    • Microbiology
    • Urinalysis / body fluids
    • Lab Operations
  • Show professional lab safety procedures
  • Communicate and collaborate within a medical lab setting

READ THE PROGRAM GUIDE

CIP 511004 (MLT)

The Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree in Medical Laboratory Technology is designed to prepare qualified technicians to perform a variety of complex laboratory tests which play an important role in the detection, diagnosis, and treatment of many diseases and in the promotion of health. Upon successful completion of the program, graduates are eligible to take national examinations to become certified Medical Laboratory Technicians.

As a certified MLT, employment is available in hospitals and clinics as well as veterinary, industrial and environmental laboratories in Colorado or in other states.

The MLT Program is delivered in an online/hybrid format and is available in a 1-year fast track option and 2-year traditional route. More than two years may be taken to complete the program. Students may begin general education classes at any time, according to published semester schedules. All MLT didactic courses are offered in a hybrid format. Student lab sessions meet on select Fridays from 4:30 pm to 8:30 pm and on Saturdays 9:30 am to 4:30 pm.

The program is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS) and the American Medical Association http://www.naacls.org. NAACLS can be reached at 5600 N. River Rd. Suite 720, Rosemont, IL 60018, phone (773) 714-8880; Fax (773) 714-8886; Email: naacls [at] mcs [dot] net.

Admission Requirements

  • Admission to Arapahoe Community College
  • Complete MLT Program Online Application
  • Personal interview with MLT Program Director
  • College Placement Test is required for all MLA students (scores of 96 or higher in Reading and a 5 on the Essay OR 80 in Reading and a 6 on the Essay and MAT 050 or equivalent placement test scores.
  • Accuplacer scores can still be accepted if not older than three years. Minimum Accuplacer scores to be considered are 95 or higher on sentence and 45 or higher in Elementary Algebra 45+ or equivalent ACT/ SAT scores or appropriate prior college-level coursework)
  • Criminal Background Check (prior to registering for any MLT course)

Transfer students: Courses from NAACLS-approved MLT-CLT programs and Military Laboratory Specialists programs will be evaluated on an individual basis.

General Education Courses (25 credit hours)
3 Credits OR higher level CIS course *
Note(s):

* to satisfy graduation or transfer requirements BIO 201 and BIO 202 must have been taken within the last 6 years and CIS 118 must have been taken within the last 6 years.

Total: 63 credit hours

CIP 510802 (MLAC)

The Medical Laboratory Assistant certificate program is a pathway into Medical Laboratory technology. The program requires at least 120 hours of clinical internship experience. MLT 131, 142, and 241 are part of the MLT degree program.

The Medical laboratory Assistant certificate is an 8 credit certificate program in which students would graduate from ACC and get a Medical Laboratory Assistant certificate. The students would then be eligible to take a national certification exam - either AMT or ASCP.

Admission Requirements

  • Admission to Arapahoe Community College
  • Complete Medical Laboratory Assistant Program Application
  • Personal interview with MLT Program Director
  • College Placement Test is required for all MLA students (scores of 96 or higher in Reading and a 5 on the Essay OR 80 in Reading and a 6 on the Essay and MAT 050 or equivalent placement test scores.

Accuplacer scores can still be accepted if not older than three years. Minimum Accuplacer scores to be considered are 95 or higher on sentence and 45 or higher in Elementary Algebra 45+ or equivalent ACT/ SAT scores or appropriate prior college-level coursework)

  • Criminal Background Check (prior to registering for any MLT course.)
Total: 8 Credit Hours

CIP 511009 (PHL2)

Phlebotomy is the acquired professional skill of performing vein punctures (drawing blood). The Phlebotomy Certificate is a fifteen-week class that meets on Tuesday and Thursday evenings during the spring and fall semesters. This seven-credit certificate includes four credits of lecture/didactic information and three credits of clinical internship. 120 hours of clinical internship are required for the program.

Admission Requirements

Major Courses (7 credit hours)
Total: 7 credit hours

The ACC MLT program is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS). NAACLS can be reached at:  5600 N. River Rd. Suite 720, Rosemont, IL  60018 or phone 773-714-8880/fax 773-714-8886. Email: naacls [at] mcs [dot] net  webpage: www.naacls.org.

ALL MLT classes are offered in an online / hybrid format for each MLT online / hybrid course students meet for lab sessions on Fridays from 4:30 - 8:30pm & Saturdays from 9:00am - 4:30pm.

Course Scheduling

You may begin academic courses, other than MLT courses, at any time, according to published semester schedules.

Courses from NAACLS accredited CLT/MLT programs and Military Laboratory Specialists programs will be evaluated on an individual basis. Commercial-technical programs are not eligible for transfer credit unless North Central accredited.

MLT Program Costs

At today's tuition rates, the 63 credit hours of the MLT AAS degree would only cost a COF (College Opportunity Fund) eligible student approximately $8,500. For tuition and fees updates and tuition information for non-residents, visit our Tuition and Fees page.

Phlebotomy Program Costs

At today's tuition rates, the 8 credit hours of the phlebotomy certificate would cost a COF (College Opportunity Fund) eligible student approximately $1200. Additional costs include the costs of textbooks and graduation application, approximately $60 ($35-45 for the textbook and $15 for the graduation application). To see updates and non-resident costs, visit our Tuition and Fees page.

Once accepted in the program:

  • A Criminal Background Check is required for all phlebotomy students. In the event the student background check reveals any disqualifying factors a student will be dismissed for the MLT/phlebotomy program. View disqualifying events information. Please note: Criminal background checks require a fee and the applicant's social security number.
  • The following vaccinations will be required:
    • Tetanus
    • Varicella (chicken pox)
    • Hepatitis B. For additional information about Hepatitis B vaccine, visit the CDC website.
    • MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella) vaccines for immunity. For additional information about MMR vaccine, visit the CDC website.
    • Tuberculosis. Documentation for Negative Tuberculosis from a Tuberculin Skin Test (PPD) is required. For additional information, visit the CDC website.
    • Current seasonal flu vaccine. For additional information, visit the CDC website.
  • A negative drug screen result is required by clinical affiliation agreement(s).  Students who test positive will be removed from the program. Please note the use of marijuana is strictly prohibited.

Job Potential

The projected percent change in medical and clinical laboratory technician’s employment between 2016 and 2026 is expected to be 14%. The 2018 statistics from the Bureau of Labor indicated that the median hourly wage for medical and clinical laboratory technicians in Colorado is $25.16 and the median annual wage is $52,330.

The projected increase in jobs for phlebotomists from 2016-2026 is 24.5%. The median hourly wage is $16.58 and the median annual wage is $34,480.

A few jobs you could get with your MLT AAS or phlebotomy certificate are:

MLT Program Details

Our lab sessions are held on Friday afternoon and Saturdays and all MLT courses are hybrid (partially online) to provide the flexibility you need. You can opt to take the 1-year fast-tracked program and get your degree sooner, if you have completed all general education classes prior to program application.

As a part of your degree, you'll spend 13 weeks in a clinical internship program at hospital clinical sites. This will help improve your skills and give you real-world experience. It will also help you make connections to take that next step in your career path.

MLTs have a passion for both science and medicine. They demonstrate a commitment to excellence in working with their healthcare partners and physicians to determine the causes of patient illness.

Professional practice duties include:

  • Collection and processing of biological specimens for analysis
  • Performing analytical tests on body fluids, cells and blood products
  • Recognizing factors that affect procedures and results, and taking appropriate actions within predetermined limits when corrections are indicated
  • Monitoring quality control within predetermined limits
  • Performing preventative and corrective maintenance of equipment and instruments or referring to appropriate sources for repairs
  • Demonstrating professional conduct and interpersonal communication skills with patients, laboratory personnel, other health care professionals, and with the public
  • Recognizing the responsibilities of other laboratory and health care personnel and interacting with them with respect for their jobs and patient care
  • Applying basic scientific principles in learning new techniques and procedures
  • Relating laboratory findings to common disease processes
  • Recognizing and acting upon individual needs for continuing education as a function of growth and maintenance of professional competence

Phlebotomy Certificate

If you are interested in a career in healthcare (and don't have a fear of needles), a certificate in Phlebotomy may be the right path for you. What is Phlebotomy? Phlebotomy is the acquired professional skill of drawing blood. Our program works with your schedule. It only takes 15 weeks (1 semester) to complete and classes are in the evenings from 5-8pm.