Montgomery County Community College’s nationally accredited* Medical Laboratory Technician program is a 64- to 65-credit, four-semester program designed to prepare graduates for employment in hospitals, commercial laboratories, physician office laboratories and pharmaceutical companies. According to the U.S. Occupational Outlook Handbook, employment of medical laboratory technicians is projected to grow 22 percent from 2012 to 2022, much faster than average for all occupations. With an aging population, diagnosing conditions such as type II diabetes and cancer via laboratory procedures is expected to rise. This will lead to an increased need for medical laboratory technicians. Medical laboratory technicians follow specific procedures to perform a variety of routine diagnostic tests on blood and other body fluids in chemistry, hematology, urinalysis, immunohematology, microbiology and immunology. Campus facilities and area hospital and commercial laboratories provide an authentic environment where students practice basic procedures, learn interpersonal skills and study diseases.