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Medical Laboratory Science (B.S.M.L.S.)

Medical laboratory science is a challenging and rewarding healthcare profession. An essential member of the healthcare team, the medical technologist/medical laboratory scientist provides vital information about the status and function of the body and its systems. Students acquire the skills and knowledge needed to provide data, obtained by precision instruments and electronic equipment, that is utilized in the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of disease. When the B.S. in Medical Laboratory Science degree requirements are successfully completed, the graduate is eligible for MLS examination and certification through the Board of Certification of the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP).

Medical Laboratory Science (B.S.M.L.S.)


Description


What is Medical Laboratory Science at ODU like?

Medical laboratory science is a challenging and rewarding healthcare profession. An essential member of the healthcare team, the medical technologist/medical laboratory scientist provides vital information about the status and function of the body and its systems. Students acquire the skills and knowledge needed to provide data, obtained by precision instruments and electronic equipment, that is utilized in the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of disease. When the B.S. in Medical Laboratory Science degree requirements are successfully completed, the graduate is eligible for MLS examination and certification through the Board of Certification of the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP).

Program Highlights


What makes Medical Laboratory Science at ODU unique?

  • Microscopy and performance of manual assays with dexterity and precision

  • Quality control, quality assurance and performance improvement

  • Utilization of a computerized information system for data input, retrieval and analysis

  • Service learning projects are available such as the annual Faye E. Coleman Memorial blood drive sponsored by Medical Laboratory Science Student Association (MLSSA).

  • Medical laboratory instrument operation, maintenance and troubleshooting critical assessment of laboratory test outcomes

  • Clinical laboratory rotations at eight major health systems or hospitals in the area, excellent MLS certification pass rates, nearly 100% job placement rates every year

Careers


What are some careers in this field?

Check out these ideas from ODU Career Development 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.

Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technologists

MEDIAN SALARY


Perform complex medical laboratory tests for diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of disease. May train or supervise staff.

Quality Control Systems Managers

$110,580

MEDIAN SALARY


Plan, direct, or coordinate quality assurance programs. Formulate quality control policies and control quality of laboratory and production efforts.

Quality Control Analysts

$51,160

MEDIAN SALARY


Conduct tests to determine quality of raw materials, bulk intermediate and finished products. May conduct stability sample tests.

Health Specialties Teachers, Postsecondary

$122,890

MEDIAN SALARY


Teach courses in health specialties, in fields such as dentistry, laboratory technology, medicine, pharmacy, public health, therapy, and veterinary medicine.

Courses


What are some courses offered in Medical Laboratory Science at ODU?

MLS 310:
Urinalysis and Body Fluids


A study of the chemical, physical and microscopic analysis of human urine and other body fluids, with abnormal results interpreted and correlated to disease processes and cancer cytology of the urinary tract. Prerequisites: BIOL 250 and BIOL 251 or permission of the instructor.

MLS 403W:
Management in the Clinical Setting


A course concerned with organization and management in the clinical setting including personnel supervision, planning, equipment justification, quality assurance, data processing, budgeting, fiscal techniques, marketing, regulatory agencies, educational methodologies, current issues, as well as legal and ethical considerations. This is a writing intensive course. Prerequisites: junior standing and a grade of C or better in ENGL 110C and ENGL 211C or ENGL 221C or ENGL 231C.

MLS 210:
Orientation to Medical Laboratory Science


An introduction to the profession of medical laboratory science (previously called medical technology). Professional, ethical and operational issues will be discussed.

Requirements


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

Students entering the BSMLS program in Medical Laboratory Science should meet the minimum university admission requirements (Undergraduate Admission)

    • Completed program application form with goals statement
    • Official transcripts from all universities and colleges attended
    • Biology and chemistry prerequisites cumulative grade point average
    • Three reference forms are required (at least two from an academic source and cannot be provided by the applicant’s relative)
    • Formal interview after initial pre-screening

For admission to the Medical Laboratory Science program


GPA:

Overall grade point average (accepted MLS students have GPA of 3.1 on average)


Cost

Tuition and Fees

Estimated rates for the 2021-22 academic year. Rates are subject to change. Anyone that is not a current Virginia resident will be charged non-resident rates. That includes international students.

Virginia Resident


Per Credit:

$ 360

Non-Resident


Per Credit:

$ 1,032

Active Duty Military Rate


Per Credit:

$ 250

Technology Delivered Courses Outside Virginia and/or the United States


Per Credit:

$ 407

Ways to Save

Here are a few ways for you to save on the cost of attending ODU. For more information visit University Student Financial aid

Next Steps


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ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR


Name:

Barbara Kraj PhD, MLS (ASCP) CMMBCM


Location:

2118 HEALTH SCIENCES BLDG, NORFOLK, VA, 23529



Office:

757-683-6039


Undergraduate Admissions


Location:

1004 Rollins Hall, Norfolk, VA 23529


Phone Office:

757-683-3685


Fax:

757-683-3255


Email:

admissions@odu.edu


International Admissions


Location:

2101 Dragas Hall, Norfolk, VA 23529


Phone Office:

757-683-3701


Fax:

757-683-3651


Email:

intladm@odu.edu

Transfer


I like this program and want to transfer. What are my next steps?

At ODU, we understand that as a transfer student you have unique needs that require a wide array of campus resources. The Center for Advising Administration and Academic Partnerships aims to create a transfer inclusive culture that supports the successful transition, engagement, and academic achievement of transfer students. The services and programs offered to you as a Monarch are endless so take advantage of every opportunity. Even before you set foot on campus, we encourage you to Explore, Experience, and Engage! Visit our Transfer Students page for more information.

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