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Medical Laboratory Science

Do you want a bachelor’s degree that prepares you for immediate employment? The national shortage of medical laboratory scientists means our students typically have jobs waiting for them when they graduate.

Overview

What is Medical Laboratory Science at WVU like?

Description

The BS in Medical Laboratory Science has two areas of emphasis: clinical laboratory science and histotechnology. Clinical laboratory scientists are healthcare professionals educated in all aspects of clinical laboratory analysis, including test development, performance and evaluation. They may work in many areas, including clinical chemistry, hematology, immunohematology, immunology, clinical microbiology and molecular diagnostics.

Histotechnologists are healthcare professionals who are qualified through academic and applied science education and training to provide service, research and management in histotechnology and areas related to anatomic pathology. They are integral to the success of the anatomic pathology department by performing routine and complex procedures to preserve and process tissue specimens for examination and diagnosis by a pathologist.

Students may apply to either or both the clinical laboratory science and the histotechnology area of emphasis after completing two years of prerequisite courses in an accredited college or university. The first two years of the undergraduate curriculum include biology (8 hours), inorganic chemistry (8 hours), organic chemistry (CHEM 231 or organic chemistry I and II), college algebra or higher, introductory statistics and the general education requirements. Prerequisite courses may be completed at any regionally accredited institution of higher education.

The second two years are based at the WVU Robert C. Byrd Health Sciences Center and include lectures, student laboratory and clinical experiences at one or more of the affiliated clinical rotation sites. The affiliated clinical rotation sites are located in Morgantown, W.Va., Clarksburg, W.Va., the WVU Eastern Division, Charleston, W.Va., Pittsburgh, Pa., Latrobe, Pa., and Greensburg, Pa. During the clinical experience, students will apply their knowledge and skills by using state-of-the-art medical equipment to perform laboratory procedures under the supervision of a clinical instructor.

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Tracks

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  • Clinical Laboratory Science
    Clinical laboratory scientists are healthcare professionals educated in all aspects of clinical laboratory analysis, including test development, performance and evaluation. Clinical laboratory scientists may work in many areas, including clinical chemistry, hematology, immunohematology, immunology, clinical microbiology and molecular diagnostics.
  • Histotechnology
    Histotechnologists are healthcare professionals who are qualified through academic and applied science education and training to provide service, research and management in histotechnology and areas related to anatomic pathology. Histotechnologists are integral to the success of the anatomic pathology department by performing routine and complex procedures to preserve and process tissue specimens for examination and diagnosis by a pathologist.

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What makes Medical Laboratory Science at WVU unique?


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Careers

What can you do with this degree?

Medical Laboratory Science has become a popular major for students planning to go to medical school. Graduates of the program are successful in medical school and have a unique body of knowledge that is beneficial to them as practicing physicians. Graduates also successfully complete dental school, physician’s assistant programs, pathologists’ assistant programs and optometry school, and some go on to graduate programs to do research in cancer cell biology or other areas.

The majority of graduates work in hospital laboratories where they provide the information used by physicians to make diagnoses, treat patients and monitor patient conditions. Some graduates work in industry where they become technical trainers for instrument companies or work as troubleshooters, installers and support personnel for laboratory instrumentation. They also find jobs in sales and as customer service representatives for various industries.

A few have obtained positions in veterinary laboratories and in doctors’ office laboratories.

Possible Careers

Wondering what you can do with a degree from WVU's Medical Laboratory Science major? Check out these ideas from WVU Career Services and the Occupational Information Network (O*NET). A median salary is the midpoint of what people typically earn—half of those surveyed earned above the median salary, and half earned below.

This page includes information from O*NET OnLine by the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA). Used under the CC BY 4.0 license.

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Courses

What are the courses like in Medical Laboratory Science at WVU?

Major Map

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Popular Courses

PATH 200:
Medical Terminology

General medical terminology with emphasis on clinical and anatomic pathology terminology.

PATH 300:
Introduction to Pathology

A study of principles and processes of pathology from cellular to system, including etiology, pathogenesis, and clinical features of representative or commonly occurring disorders and diseases.

PATH 440:
Clinical Hematology

Lectures in hematologic theory and practice, including coagulation and body fluids laboratory.

PATH 450:
Clinical Microbiology

Presentation and discussion of methodologies employed in the processing of clinical microbiology specimens, isolation, and identification of clinically significant microorganisms, and determination of antimicrobial susceptibilities with laboratory.

Capstone Projects

Before graduating, all undergraduates in this major complete an academic project (or "capstone") to demonstrate their research, communication and critical thinking skills.

Every Medical Laboratory Science student completes a capstone project as part of PATH 475, Medical Relevance.

Cost and Aid

How much does Medical Laboratory Science at WVU cost? And how can you save?

Tuition and Fees

Estimated rates for the 2018-19 academic year. Rates are subject to change. Anyone that is not a current West Virginia resident will be charged non-resident rates. That includes international students.

West Virginia Resident
Per Credit $414
Per Semester $4,968
Fall and Spring Semesters $9,936
Non-Resident
Per Credit $1,166
Per Semester $13,992
Fall and Spring Semesters $27,984
International
Per Credit $1,166
Per Semester $14,292
Fall and Spring Semesters $28,584
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Transfer Articulation Agreements

To simplify the transfer process, we have formal agreements with certain institutions. These agreements outline the courses you should take to prepare for transferring to WVU. In addition to guaranteed admission agreements Medical Laboratory Science has transfer articulation agreements with:

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Requirements

What are the requirements to apply for Medical Laboratory Science at WVU?

Program Requirements

In addition to meeting WVU's base admission standards, first-time freshmen must also meet the following admission requirement for the 2019-20 academic year:

For direct admission to the Medical Laboratory Science program:
  • GPA: 3.75
  • ACT Math: 26
  • SAT Math: 610

University Requirements

To be admitted to WVU's Medical Laboratory Science major, you must first meet WVU's first-time freshman admission requirements for the 2019-20 academic year. Interested in transferring? Review the transfer admission requirements.

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