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Medical Laboratory Technology A.A.S.

  • Students inspect samples

    Medical Laboratory Technology A.A.S.

    Earn an Associate of Applied Science in medical laboratory technology from the University of Alaska Anchorage to become eligible to sit for national certification exams. With the only program of its kind in the state, UAA is a top choice among medical lab technology schools.

Explore the medical laboratory technology associate degree program at the University of Alaska Anchorage

What is a medical laboratory technician?
With strong analytical and communication skills, medical lab technicians build entry-level competencies and careers in routine clinical laboratory testing. As an integral part of a health care team, they provide external relations, customer service and patient education while complying with safety and governmental regulations.

Medical laboratory technology scholarships and financial aid
University, department and program scholarships and awards may help you pay for college. You may also qualify for support from private funders, such as the Clinical Laboratory Scientists of Alaska and the American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science.

Pre-medical and full-major academic advising
From admission requirements to degree program requirements, there’s a lot to know as you work toward your educational and career goals. At UAA, academic and faculty advisors answer your questions and help you develop a plan to earn your associate degree in the medical laboratory technology program.

Honors in medical laboratory technology
Graduate with departmental honors by earning a 3.5 GPA in medical laboratory science degree program courses and completing a quality assessment project in the Medical Laboratory Science Honors elective course.

Medical laboratory technology student clubs and activities
In UAA’s medical laboratory technology program, you are encouraged to make the most of opportunities for leadership and professional development, such as activities and events sponsored by the Medical Laboratory Science Club. This student club organizes and hosts blood drives, community service projects and fundraising events that help cover costs to attend the Clinical Laboratory Scientists of Alaska State Conference.

Medical Laboratory Technology A.A.S.

Degree Type:

  • Associate

Program Length: Two years. Pre-majors must apply for admission to the full major.

Availability:Anchorage campus

Accredited by: National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences

Other program options: Occupational endorsement certificates in clinical assistant and phlebotomist, B.S. in medical laboratory science

Did you know..

As a graduate of the program, you can take the exam to become a certified medical laboratory technician. You can also apply your course credits directly toward UAA’s Medical Laboratory Science B.S. degree, which teaches you the advanced knowledge and skills necessary for national certification as a medical laboratory scientist.

What can you do with a medical lab technology degree from UAA?

With an associate's degree, you will be prepared to work as a clinical laboratory professional in a scientific field such as hematology/coagulation, clinical chemistry, immunology, blood banking, urine and body fluid analysis, microbiology, and molecular diagnostics.

Medical laboratory technology related programs
Students who graduate from UAA’s medical laboratory technology program further develop their knowledge and skills in bachelor’s degree programs, such as:

  • B.S. in medical laboratory science
  • B.S. in health sciences

Medical laboratory technology careers
Medical lab technicians are in high demand at major clinical facilities in Alaska and beyond, including:

  • Hospitals
  • Medical clinics

By the numbers..

The mean annual wage for medical laboratory technicians.
U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics, May 2016

Medical laboratory technology associate degree program highlights

Addressing a critical shortage of qualified job candidates in the field, UAA’s medical laboratory technology program prepares students with the knowledge, skills and experience necessary for national certification exams and professional practice.

  • Learn from professionals in the field who boast a variety of experience and expertise. Program faculty with advanced degrees teach coursework in UAA’s medical laboratory technology program. With extensive networks in clinical facilities and professional organizations across Alaska and the U.S., faculty also offer academic and professional opportunities that strengthen the program.
  • Practice using high-tech instrumentation and equipment in the student lab. Tutorials and simulations help you gain hands-on experience working in medical labs.
  • Conduct clinical lab testing while working with certified professional medical laboratory technicians. The program partners with clinical affiliates to offer job experience for undergraduate students. In clinical practicum placements, you’ll work with other health care professionals, abnormal patient samples, additional instrumentation and advanced testing methods.

Amazing stories from medical laboratory technology majors

UAA's MLS program is a great program and I believe that it effectively prepares its students for the workplace, as well as for advanced degrees in related fields

Linda Kessner
A.A.S. Medical Laboratory Technology, B.S. Medical Laboratory Science
Students working in a medial lab

Students in the program can present their undergraduate research at the Clinical Laboratory Scientists of Alaska annual conference, which welcomes professionals and students from across Alaska to discuss a variety of current health care topics and issues.

Student Research
A student examines lab samples

Led by undergraduate students from the medical laboratory science programs, the Open School explores case studies on quality care, organizes forums on patient safety, presents to students in related academic programs and more.

The Institute for Healthcare Improvement Open School
A student getting guidance from a professor over some samples

The medical laboratory technology program at UAA partners with local and statewide organizations such as the Blood Bank of Alaska, Veterans Administration Outpatient Clinic, Fairbanks Memorial Hospital and Alaska State Public Health Laboratory.

Industry Partnerships

Medical laboratory technology associate degree program curriculum

Emphasizing valuable job skills, including analytical and communication skills, UAA’s medical laboratory technology coursework covers a variety of topics that reflect the changing dynamics and growing needs of the industry. Study information processing, quality control monitoring, training and more.

Students who earn an Associate of Applied Science in medical laboratory technology are prepared for primary analyst roles in entry-level positions at clinical laboratories.

Top classes for medical laboratory technology majors

  • Explore the concepts of global health and the impact that our environment has on our health in Microbiology
  • Identify cells that aid in the diagnosis of leukemias and anemia in Hematology and Coagulation
  • Learn cross-cultural health and healing practices to develop cultural awareness and provide exceptional medical care in Cultural Diversity in Health Care.