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Categorical Certificate Training Program - Overview

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Provides rapid training for individuals who possess a baccalaureate or advanced degree in chemistry, biology or other basic sciences.


Students who successfully complete all requirements of this program become eligible for certification as Technologists in chemistry, hematology, microbiology or blood banking through the American Society for Clinical Pathology and/or the National Credentialing Agency.

Specialty Areas

ChemistryHematology, Microbiology or Blood Banking. Students select ONE specialty for certification.

Program Details

  • Program length varies with specialty and semester of entry.
    • Spring admission: two semesters plus clinical rotation
    • Fall admission: three semesters plus clinical rotation
  • For the Blood Bank Categorical Certificate, applicants must already be employed in a blood bank laboratory to be eligible for admission

Why the Department of Medical & Research Technology (DMRT)?

  • State-of-the-art facilities
  • Small class size and high faculty-to-student ratio
  • Internships available at hospital laboratories


  • Increases the marketability of individuals into the health professions.
  • Expands employment opportunities.
  • In 2007, Maryland DMRT graduates seeking employment received job offers prior to graduation with an average salary of $52,874.
  • Provides preparation for a profession with a well-defined career ladder in hospital laboratories, public and private research laboratories, as well as in education.
  • Provides preparation for a profession that offers long-term flexibility, stability and advancement.
  • Provides an excellent academic foundation for the pursuit of advanced degrees.

Accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Science