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Medical Laboratory Technology

Associate of Applied Science

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TCC offers the only medical laboratory technician program in Hampton Roads

Our program has affiliations with every major health system in the area

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As a medical laboratory technician, you are an integral part of the health care team.

Working behind the scenes, you will provide valuable information to physicians as they diagnose, treat and prevent illness.

Course work includes:

  • clinical hematology
  • immunology and serology
  • microbiology
  • blood banking
  • advanced clinical techniques

An internship in a clinical setting rounds out this comprehensive program.

Medical lab technicians typically work in  hospitals, reference labs and doctors’ offices – under the supervision of a medical technologist or physician.

Veterans and active-duty military with medical training find this an attractive program. Graduates of this nationally accredited program are eligible to take the certification exam administered by the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP)

Medical laboratory technology is a rewarding career in itself. You can find opportunities for advancement in the field by pursuing a bachelor’s degree in medical technology to become a lead technologist, laboratory manager or laboratory director.

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100% of TCC graduates have passed the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) licensing exam

TCC’s state-of-the-art clinical laboratory trains students on the equipment they use on the job, and the faculty are professionals in the field

Some students receive job offers even before they complete the program

Median annual salary

Jobs related to this field have an annual median salary of $36,878*

National accreditation

TCC's program in medical laboratory technology has just been accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences

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Health care careers still in high demand (TCC CareerFocus magazine)

IMPORTANT Additional admission requirements

Your acceptance as a Tidewater Community College student does not guarantee admission to most TCC health profession programs. We want you to be aware of these additional requirements and important information for this program.

Admission to this program is competitive, and applications are weighted by points. For more information, see the program packet.

Get program admission packet If you are a new TCC student, begin your journey by applying for admission and financial aid. On your application, indicate that you intend to pursue the Associate of Applied Science in Medical Laboratory Technology.

As a prospective health professions student, you must also:

1. Attend a mandatory information session, which is held the third Thursday of each month at 4 p.m. (except December) at the Regional Health Professions Center on the Virginia Beach Campus.

Topics covered are general information, admissions process, prerequisite courses, selection process, curriculum, hands-on learning in clinical settings, provisional acceptance requirements and more. Faculty and staff will be available to answer your questions.

2. Complete and submit the Health Professions Program Application by May 15 for fall admission. Include unofficial transcripts from previous colleges you have attended.

3. Make sure you receive appropriate transfer credits from previous college studies.

​After you’ve been accepted:

1. Submit the Health Professions Physical Examination Form showing satisfactory health status based on a physician’s exam within the previous 12 months.

2. Submit your immunization record showing you have met Virginia’s requirements for health care personnel.

3. Submit documentation of a negative TB test

4. Complete a criminal/sex offender background check prior to working at any clinical facility.* 

*Tidewater Community College does not assume any responsibility for obtaining or evaluating the results of a criminal background check, drug screen or other check, maintaining the records of results or for delivering them to clinical sites. It is the decision of the clinical affiliate (health care or medical facility) whether a student will be allowed to participate in clinical activities should there be positive criminal or sex offender results. 

Additional requirements:

Completion of these prerequisites with grades of C or better. More points are awarded for higher grades.

  • Biology (BIO) 101 General Biology I
  • Biology (BIO) 141 Human Anatomy and Physiology I
  • Mathematics (MTH) 158 College Algebra


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What does this program cost?

You can complete a 2-year associate degree for less than the cost of 1 year at a 4-year college or university.

TCC’s Associate of Applied Science in Medical Laboratory Technology consists of 5 semesters of full-time study, with classes held mainly at the Regional Health Professions Building on the Virginia Beach Campus and at clinical sites.

2015-16 in-state tuition and mandatory fees:
67 credits x $172.35 per credit  = $11,547.45 (not including textbooks and supplies)

Additional costs include a criminal background check ($46).

Where can you go?

Graduates are prepared for immediate entry into the workforce.

If you graduate from TCC’s program with at least a B average, you can transfer into Old Dominion University’s bachelor’s in medical technology, which is also available online.

Is this program for you?

Yes, if you:

  • are strong in science and mathematics
  • can complete prerequisites with grades of C or higher
  • have attention to detail and can work under stress

* Salary estimate is provided for comparison purposes only and doesn’t constitute a promise of employment or earnings. Salaries were calculated based on related job codes and U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data.