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Medical Laboratory Technology, A.A.S.

Associate of Applied Science
Northern Virginia Community College

The curriculum is designed to prepare students to perform essential laboratory testing on blood and body fluids that is critical to the detection, diagnosis, and treatment of disease. In a medical laboratory, the medical laboratory technician (MLT) is part of a team of highly skilled pathologists, technologists, and phlebotomists working together to determine the presence, extent or absence of disease, and helping to evaluate the effectiveness of treatment. This program emphasizes 'hands-on' practice of laboratory methods in a state-of-the-art laboratory at the Medical Education Campus in Springfield, followed by clinical experience at various affiliating healthcare organizations.

Upon completion of the program, graduates will be eligible to take the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) Board of Certification examination and other national certification examinations offered at the technician level.

Credit for Prior Learning: Students in this program who have completed a military laboratory training program and hold Medical Laboratory Technician (MLT) Certification from the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) Board of Certification (BOC) are eligible for credit for prior learning in the major coursework. See an academic advisor for further information.


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Program Overview & Guidance
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Program Web Page
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Delivery Mode
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Delivery Mode
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Program Guidance Element What You Need to Know
Is This Degree Right For Me?
What Should I Consider When Selecting Courses

  • Create a schedule for all required courses, pay attention to prerequisites and when courses are offered, complete your first math and English courses in your first year
  • Connect with an advisor at your community college and Northern Virginia Community College within your first year via College Connect
Are there other program requirements beyond specific courses?
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What If I Have An Associate Degree Or Credit For Prior Learning?
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Transfer Guidance Element What You Need to Know
Associate Transfer Degree Completion Students who have graduated with at least an associate or bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited United States institution of higher education are considered to have fulfilled NOVA's SDV requirement. Any other course transfers are evaluated based on the student's transcript, https://www.nvcc.edu/cro/transfercredit/index.html

Completion of Associate Degree Concurrent with High School
Credit for Prior Learning NOVA strives to provide students with opportunities to receive credit for prior learning while still maintaining the integrity of our academic programs. Credit for prior learning (CPL) generally refers to the process of granting college credit for learning gained in nontraditional. ways; https://www.nvcc.edu/prior-learning/
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  • Completing your Associate transfer degree post-high school satisfies all lower division general education requirements and increases the chance of completing your bachelor's degree?
  • Exceeding 3 years or 90 credits at your community college means you may have exhausted your financial aid at that college and have limited your future financial aid at: Northern Virginia Community College
College Level Information
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Transfer Admission Application
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Number of Transfer Students
43891
College Fit Guidance What You Need to Know
Is This College Right For Me? Our classes feature up-to-date technology and course content to prepare you for a competitive job market; We also offer courses that will transfer to colleges all over Virginia and the nation. In fact, NOVA has guaranteed admission agreements with more than 40 colleges and universities for students who meet specific requirements.
Transfer Student Catalog Year Catalog year is determined by first semester of program placement.
First Year Student Catalog Year Catalog year is determined by first semester of program placement.
Applying for Guaranteed Admissions https://www.nvcc.edu/gaa/
Where Can This Degree Transfer
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This section displays degrees most closely related to this program and to which you may be able to transfer. Please click the degree name to visit that program page.
Institution Title Degree Award Name Award Level
Virginia Western Community CollegeAssociate of Applied Science in Medical Laboratory TechnologyAssociateAssociate of Applied Science2-Year
Laurel Ridge Community CollegeAssociate in Applied Science Degree in Medical Laboratory TechnologyAssociateAssociate of Applied Science2-Year
J Sargeant Reynolds Community CollegeAssociate of Applied Science in Medical Laboratory TechnologyAssociateAssociate of Applied Science2-Year
Tidewater Community CollegeAssociate of Applied Science - Medical Laboratory TechnologyAssociateAssociate of Applied Science2-Year
Wytheville Community CollegeAssociate of Applied Science Degree in Medical Laboratory TechnologyAssociateAssociate of Applied Science2-Year
Radford UniversityBS in Medical Laboratory ScienceBachelorBachelor of Science4-Year
Old Dominion UniversityMedical Lab Science-BSMLSBachelorBS in Medical Lab Science4-Year
Eastern Mennonite UniversityBachelor of Science Clinical Laboratory SciencesBachelorBachelor of Science4-Year
The University of Virginia's College at WiseBachelor of Science in Natural Sciences, Major in Medical TechnologyBachelorBachelor of Science4-Year
Virginia Commonwealth UniversityMedical Laboratory Sciences, Bachelor of ScienceBachelorBachelor of Science4-Year
Central Virginia Community CollegeAAS in Medical Laboratoy TechnologyAssociateAssociate of Applied Science2-Year
Careers Where This Degree Applies
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O*Net Code Name Description Parent
25-1071.00Health Specialties Teachers, PostsecondaryTeach courses in health specialties, in fields such as dentistry, laboratory technology, medicine, pharmacy, public health, therapy, and veterinary medicine.Educational Instruction and Library Occupations
29-2012.01Histology TechniciansPrepare histological slides from tissue sections for microscopic examination and diagnosis by pathologists. May assist with research studies.Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations
29-2012.00Medical and Clinical Laboratory TechniciansPerform routine medical laboratory tests for the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of disease. May work under the supervision of a medical technologist.Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations
29-2011.01Cytogenetic TechnologistsAnalyze chromosomes or chromosome segments found in biological specimens, such as amniotic fluids, bone marrow, solid tumors, and blood to aid in the study, diagnosis, classification, or treatment of inherited or acquired genetic diseases. Conduct analyses through classical cytogenetic, fluorescent in situ hybridization (FISH) or array comparative genome hybridization (aCGH) techniques.Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations
29-2011.02CytotechnologistsStain, mount, and study cells to detect evidence of cancer, hormonal abnormalities, and other pathological conditions following established standards and practices.Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations
29-2011.04HistotechnologistsApply knowledge of health and disease causes to evaluate new laboratory techniques and procedures to examine tissue samples. Process and prepare histological slides from tissue sections for microscopic examination and diagnosis by pathologists. May solve technical or instrument problems or assist with research studies.Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations
29-2011.00Medical and Clinical Laboratory TechnologistsPerform complex medical laboratory tests for diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of disease. May train or supervise staff.Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations