The science behind diagnosis and wellness
The laboratory analysis of blood and body fluid is the basis for 85 percent of medical diagnosis and treatment decisions. So if you're into science and inclined toward medicine, but like to work independently and away from patients, this important career may be for you. Graduates are extremely well prepared to take the national certification exam and enter well-paying careers. ACC offers an Associate of Applied Science degree in Medical Laboratory Technology. An Institutional Certificate in Molecular Diagnostics is available for students who already have a college degree in an area of laboratory science. Both programs incorporate classroom instruction, laboratory practice using today's most advanced equipment, and clinical rotations in local laboratories and hospitals.
What skills can I gain?
Students will develop the expertise to prepare and identify specimens, culture microorganisms to determine their identity and susceptibility to antibiotics, conduct blood cell counts on patient samples, analyze body fluids to determine chemical and biological components, prepare various solutions and reagents, and assume administrative functions relative to reporting and recording test results. In addition, students will learn to type, cross-match, and prepare blood for transfusions, as well as blood and body-fluid safety precautions, laboratory equipment troubleshooting, quality control methods for testing, and technique for the collection of blood samples from patients.
The Institutional Certificate in Molecular Diagnostics is only available for students who already have a college degree in clinical laboratory science or other related science interested in acquiring additional knowledge and skill in this new area of laboratory science.
How long will it take to get a degree or certification?
Students usually spend at least two years completing an associate degree in Medical Laboratory Technology, including prerequisite classes. The institutional certificate typically takes one year.
Where can I work with this education?
Graduates are typically employed in hospitals, minor emergency centers, doctors' offices, clinical laboratories, and blood donor centers.
This program is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences, 5600 N. River Rd., Suite 720, Rosemont, IL 60018, (847) 939.3597