The National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences provides the following description: At career entry, the medical laboratory technician will be able to perform routine clinical laboratory tests (such as hematology, clinical chemistry, immune hematology, microbiology, serology/immunology, coagulation, molecular, and other emerging diagnostics) as the primary analyst making specimen-oriented decisions on predetermined criteria, including a working knowledge of critical values. Communication skills will extend to frequent interactions with members of the health care team, external relations, customer service and patient education. The level of analysis ranges from waived and point-of-care testing to complex testing encompassing all major areas of the clinical laboratory. The medical laboratory technician will have diverse functions in areas of pre-analytical, analytical, and post-analytical processes. The medical laboratory technician will have responsibilities for information processing, training, and quality control monitoring wherever clinical laboratory testing is performed.

Upon graduation and initial employment, the medical laboratory technician should be able to demonstrate entry-level competencies in the above areas of professional practice. Graduates are eligible to sit for national certification examinations in medical laboratory technology after completing the program.

Program Student Learning Outcomes

The specific educational outcomes for the program are to produce graduates who:

  • Demonstrate entry-level competencies for medical laboratory technicians in the following disciplines: hematology, chemistry, immunology, blood bank, urine and body fluid analysis, microbiology, and laboratory operations.
  • Demonstrate professional behavior including sound work ethics, cultural responsiveness, and appearance while interacting with patients and healthcare professionals.
  • Demonstrate continuing competency through certification maintenance.
  • Demonstrate a commitment to the laboratory profession through active involvement in a professional organization.

A.A.S. Medical Laboratory Technology Outcome Measured Table

Admission Requirements

Enrollment in MEDT courses, requires department approval.  The Medical Laboratory Science department uses a priority registration system to approve student enrollment in MEDT courses.  Students are required to meet with an advisor to develop an academic plan and to submit all required department forms for department approval consideration.  Additional information can be found on the Application Procedure webpage. 

Academic Progress

In order to progress within the Associate of Applied Science in Medical Laboratory Technology program, students must earn a minimum grade of C or P in all Medical Laboratory Science (MEDT) courses required for the degree and demonstrate professional behavior as defined by the "Medical Laboratory Science Department Core Abilities" and associated behavior criteria. Satisfactory progress is demonstrated by exhibiting Developing Level Criteria by the end of the second year (assessed by core faculty), and Entry Level Criteria by the end of the clinical practicum (assessed by clinical instructors). Students must receive a score of 3 or higher on the Developing Level Criteria in order to progress in the program and demonstrate the Critical Core Abilities during clinical practicum in order to graduate from the program. Students who are unable to earn an acceptable grade in the MEDT courses during their initial enrollment may attempt to earn a satisfactory grade one additional time on a space available basis.

When the number of students admitted to the program exceeds the number that can be accommodated in the clinical practicum, students are placed on an alternate list and informed they can complete their practicum should space become available, or they are given preference for a subsequent semester. Students receive a letter stating they are an alternate; they sign and return the letter acknowledging alternate status.

The University of Alaska Anchorage is affiliated with clinical sites throughout the state of Alaska.  Students training at clinical sites outside of Anchorage may incur additional costs related to travel and housing.  The practicum coordinator will ask for volunteers to train outside of Anchorage.  If there are no volunteers GPA in the MEDT courses will be used to select students for those sites.  If a student is unable or unwilling to go outside of Anchorage, they will be placed on the alternate list and given preference for a subsequent semester.

Degree Requirements

  1. Complete the General University Requirements for Associate of Applied Science Degrees.
  2. Complete the General Course Requirements for Associate of Applied Science degrees found at the beginning of this chapter. In the Medical Laboratory Technology program, the required support courses meet the AAS General Course Requirements.
  3. Complete the Required Support Courses and the Major Requirements listed below.

Required Support Courses

Complete all 21 credits of support courses for the Medical Laboratory Technology major with a minimum grade of C.

  • BIOL A111 Human Anatomy and Physiology I (4)
  • BIOL A112 Human Anatomy and Physiology II (4)
  • CHEM A103/L Survey of Chemistry with Laboratory (4)
  • CHEM A104 Introduction to Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry (3)
  • CIS A105 Introduction to Personal Computers and Application Software (3) or CIS A110 Computer Concepts in Business (3)
  • ENGL A212 Technical Writing (3) or ENGL A213 Writing in the Social and Natural Sciences (3)

Major Requirements

Complete the following major courses with a minimum grade of C or P (43-46 credits):

  • MEDT A132 Introduction to Laboratory Medicine (3) or MEDT A101 Phlebotomy Procedures (5) and MEDT A133 Basic Techniques in Laboratory Medicine (1)
  • MEDT A202 Clinical Chemistry (6)
  • MEDT A203 Clinical Microbiology (6)
  • MEDT A204 Hematology and Coagulation (6)
  • MEDT A206 Immunology and Blood Banking (6)
  • MEDT A208 Urine and Body Fluid Analysis (3)
  • MEDT A250 Cultural Diversity in Health Care (1)
  • MEDT A395 Medical Laboratory Technology Practicum (12)

A minimum of 70 credits is required for the degree.