Medical Laboratory Technician: Associate in Arts (AA) (3580)
ATTENTION: This program has been inactivated by the department for Fall 2018 and will no longer be available for new student enrollments. Interested new students should consider reviewing the Medical Laboratory Technician AS degree (major code #3486) - new Fall 2018.
Do you enjoy helping patients, solving problems and finding answers? Do you have a love for science, biology and human health?
Consider a career as a medical laboratory technician and start with our Associate in Arts in medical laboratory technician to get you there!
What can I do with this in the workforce?
Once you graduate, you may find a job in a variety of settings, including but not limited to:
- Acute care facilities
- Business, industry and veterinary offices
- Independent laboratories
- Physician office laboratories
You’re most likely succeed in this career and program if you:
- Are responsible and enjoy the challenge of solving problems
- Love science and on-going learning
- Have excellent communication skills and thrive in team settings
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What is HACC’s program like?
Through hands-on instruction, our highly skilled instructors teach you how to perform the vital tests that primary care providers depend on to diagnose and treat patients. You also will be prepared to take the national entry-level credentialing exam that is administered by certifying agencies of the profession.
You receive training in basic lab skills in our on-campus student laboratory and advanced clinical training in a local hospital laboratory.
By the time you graduate from our program, you’ll have the skills to:
- Work effectively with other hospital personnel
- Demonstrate the skills prescribed by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences
- Take the national entry-level credentialing examination administered by certifying agencies of the profession
- Recognize how specialized training fits into the health care delivery system
- Write and speak effectively
- Appreciate accomplishments in the arts and sciences
Our program is selective, which means there are additional entrance requirements needed beyond your acceptance into HACC. Before entering into the clinical component of the program, you must complete certain requirements which may include payment. They include, but are not limited to:
- Background checks (Pennsylvania Child Abuse History Clearance, FBI fingerprint check and the Pennsylvania State Police Criminal Record Check)
- Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) certification
- Drug and alcohol screens
- Physical examination and immunizations
Our program is fully accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS), located at 5600 N. River Road, Suite 720, Rosemont, IL 60018-5119. The contact number is 773-714-8880.
What classes will I take?
We encourage you to:
- View summaries of every course at HACC by browsing our class schedules database.
- Review our program guide (pdf) to view a list of required courses, recommended course sequencing and program competencies.
- Browse our advising checksheet (pdf), which is also an excellent tool to help you personalize your course load each term and manage your overall advancement through our programs.
Can I transfer my credits to a four-year college or university?
Yes! Although our program is designed to lead directly to employment, there are transfer opportunities available. Our programs are designed to be flexible enough to transfer to a wide variety of four-year colleges and universities with no loss of credit. However, each individual college has its own unique program. We encourage you to select a four-year school as soon as possible. This will allow you to be aware of the transfer college’s program requirements so that you can take the proper courses at HACC.
YOUR transfer options are:
|Bloomsburg University of PA:||Bachelor of Applied Science Technical Leadership (ONLINE & campus) (pdf)
|Siena Heights University Online:||Medical Laboratory Technician into Bachelor Degree Applied Science (ONLINE) (pdf)
Where can I complete this program?
We offer the complete program at our Harrisburg Campus.
Does HACC offer scholarships?
Yes! Thanks to the HACC Foundation, scholarships are available. Please visit hacc.edu/scholarships to learn how you can apply.
When can I apply?
We offer classes in the spring, summer and fall, and future students may apply online to the College anytime. Though, the application for enrollment into the clinical component opens each June and clinical coursework begins each spring term.
When enrolling into this program, you must apply to the non-clinical component of the program first. Therefore, please use the program code 358P when completing your application to ensure that you apply to the correct program.
How can I learn more?
We are ready to answer your questions and welcome you to HACC! For more information about this associate degree, please contact an admissions counselor, visit the health careers section of our website or email us.