Frequently Asked Questions

Medical Laboratory Science FAQ’s

What do I need to get into the program?
Our program is a 2 + 2 program with the first two years being spent on the WVU Main campus completing pre-requisite course work.  After successful application to the program, students spend the remaining two years at the Health Sciences Center in lectures and student laboratory experience and clinical experience at one of the program’s affiliated laboratories.  Select students may be admitted directly to the program beginning with the freshman year.  There are two areas of specialization or emphasis: Clinical Laboratory Science and Histotechnology. 

What are the pre-requisites courses?
The following courses must be completed prior to admission to the program:

WVU Course                                    Credits          Course Title
ENGL 101                                         3                      English I
ENGL 102                                         3                      English II
BIOL 101/103                                    4                      Biology I & Lab
BIOL 102/104                                    4                      Biology II & Lab
CHEM 115                                         4                      Inorganic Chemistry I & Lab
CHEM 116                                         4                      Inorganic Chemistry II & Lab
*CHEM 233 & 235                             4                      Organic Chemistry I & Lab
*CHEM 234 & 236                             4                      Organic Chemistry II & Lab
MATH 126 or higher                          3                      College Algebra
STATS 211                                         3                      Elementary Statistical Inference
General Education Foundations  22-23              GEFs

*CHEM 231 Organic Chemistry: Brief Course may be substituted for CHEM 233/235 and CHEM 234/236, however two semesters of organic chemistry are strongly recommended to better prepare for the professional curriculum.

Transfer students and students interested in attending medical school must take 8 hours of organic chemistry and lab (CHEM 233, 235, 234, and 235).

What else do I need?
All applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • 50-51 credit hours of pre-requisite and general education requirements (listed above).
  • Minimum cumulative and science GPA of 2.5.
  • Completion of an application which is available from December 1 – March 15.
  • Two letters of recommendations; at least one from a college professor
  • An interview

How many students are admitted?
Admission into the program is competitive and a limited number of students are admitted each year.  Typically 27 students are admitted into the Clinical Laboratory Science Area of Emphasis and 5 are admitted into Histotechnology which are directly dependent on clinical site availability.

What do I need for direct admit as a freshman?
To be eligible for direct admit, you must meet the following criteria:

  • A high school GPA of 3.75
  • A minimum math component ACT score of 26 or a minimum math component SAT score of 600.


What are my career options ?
Clinical Laboratory Scientists have many choices for practice: in hospitals, physician’s office laboratories and reference laboratories. They can work in each of the major areas of the clinical laboratory: blood banking, chemistry, hematology, immunology, and microbiology. In medical manufacturing and supply companies, clinical laboratory scientists develop, market, and sell products; conduct research; and monitor quality assurance. Additionally, graduates of the WVU Division of Medical Laboratory Science have the professional competence to work in public health, forensic, research, veterinary, and fertility laboratories.

Histotechnologists have opportunities in hospital, clinic, public health or private laboratories; pharmaceutical, research, veterinary or marine laboratories; product development companies of laboratory computer systems, supplies, equipment or media; technical service representative for companies selling laboratory equipment and supplies; sales of laboratory equipment and supplies or state or national forensic labs.  Graduates from the program have the skill and education to pursue higher level job positions, such as management. 

Can I go to Medical school, graduate or other professional schools with this degree?
YES!!  A degree in medical laboratory science from WVU is an excellent preparation for graduate school in the medical or dental professions or in the basic sciences.