Arapahoe Community College

2016-2017 Catalog

Medical Laboratory Technology AAS

Associate of Applied Science Degree

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 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and on Saturdays 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The MLT AAS degree can be utilized as a career ladder for continued education. The ACC MLT program has an agreement with Metropolitan State University of Denver for transfer of specific courses into the Biology Department toward a Bachelor’s degree with an emphasis in Medical Laboratory Science in association with the Colorado Center for Medical Laboratory Science. For more information, go to

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

Admission Requirements

  • Admission to Arapahoe Community College
  • High school graduation or GED equivalence
  • Complete MLT Program Application
  • Personal interview with MLT Department Chair
  • College Placement Test is required for all MLT 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.

Program Requirements

General Education Courses

(25 credit hours)

BIO 201*

Human Anatomy and Physiology I (GT-SC1)


BIO 202 *

Human Anatomy and Physiology II (GT-SC1)


CHE 101

Introduction to Chemistry (GT-SC1) OR


CHE 111

General College Chemistry (GT-SC1)


CIS 118 *

Introduction to PC Applications OR higher level CIS course


COM 115

Public Speaking OR


COM 125

Interpersonal Communication


ENG 121

English Composition (GT-CO1) OR


ENG 131

Technical Writing I


HPR 178

Medical Terminology


* to satisfy graduation or transfer requirements BIO 201 and BIO 202 must have been taken within the last 10 years and CIS 118 must have been taken within the last 6 years.

Major Courses

(38 credit hours)

MLT 131

Introduction to Hematology


MLT 132

Hematology II


MLT 141



MLT 142



MLT 180

Internship I, Blood Bank


MLT 182

Internship II, Hematology


MLT 231

Clinical Microbiology


MLT 232



MLT 241

Introduction to Clinical Chemistry


MLT 242

Clinical Chemistry II


MLT 253

Seminar/Comprehensive Exams


MLT 280

Internship III, Chemistry


MLT 282

Internship IV, Microbiology



63 credit hours

MLT Graduation Requirements (additional)

  • Medical Laboratory Technology (MLT) courses must be taken within five years of a student’s graduation.
  • Please contact the MLT Department Chair if you have question about these academic requirements.

Graduation Requirements

  • All major, general education and other courses required for this degree must be completed with a "C" or better to meet graduation requirements.
  • To graduate, students must apply for graduation and complete the graduation survey (available via myACC). (form available at
  • After applying for graduation, all correspondence to a student about the status of their program conferral will be sent to their student email address only.
  • As a graduate of a Career and Technical Education program you will be contacted by an ACC employee in approximately six months to verify your employment information. This information gathering is a federal requirement to ensure that ACC receives certain federal funding.

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