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Medical Laboratory Science (Minor)

A minor in medical Technology requires a minimum of 12 semester hours of 300/400-level MLS courses. Students may choose courses from a specific laboratory science discipline (hematology, microbiology, clinical chemistry, and immunohematology) or from several disciplines. All prerequisite courses must be completed. Selection of a plan or program of study must be done in consultation with the program director. Note that completion of the minor does not allow eligibility for the national certification exam as Medical Laboratory Scientist. Clinical Practicum courses are reserved for students accepted to the major

Medical Laboratory Science (Minor)


Description


What is Medical Laboratory Science at ODU like?

A minor in medical Technology requires a minimum of 12 semester hours of 300/400-level MLS courses. Students may choose courses from a specific laboratory science discipline (hematology, microbiology, clinical chemistry, and immunohematology) or from several disciplines. All prerequisite courses must be completed. Selection of a plan or program of study must be done in consultation with the program director. Note that completion of the minor does not allow eligibility for the national certification exam as Medical Laboratory Scientist. Clinical Practicum courses are reserved for students accepted to the major

Program Highlights


What makes Medical Laboratory Science at ODU unique?

  • Completion of the minor provides students with theoretical knowledge and student laboratory experience in areas of clinical microbiology, hematology, clinical chemistry or blood banking which provide excellent background for future nurses, physician assistants, pathology assistants or physicians.

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.

Clinical Research Coordinators

$133,670

MEDIAN SALARY


Plan, direct, or coordinate clinical research projects. Direct the activities of workers engaged in clinical research projects to ensure compliance with protocols and overall clinical objectives. May evaluate and analyze clinical data.

Medical Assistants

$33,580

MEDIAN SALARY


Perform administrative and certain clinical duties under the direction of a physician. Administrative duties may include scheduling appointments, maintaining medical records, billing, and coding information for insurance purposes. Clinical duties may include taking and recording vital signs and medical histories, preparing patients for examination, drawing blood, and administering medications as directed by physician.

Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technologists

MEDIAN SALARY


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

Medical Equipment Preparers

$37,060

MEDIAN SALARY


Prepare, sterilize, install, or clean laboratory or healthcare equipment. May perform routine laboratory tasks and operate or inspect equipment.

Courses


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

MLS 307:
Clinical Methods in Microbiology


Laboratory techniques in the diagnosis of clinically relevant microorganisms. Prerequisite: admission to the major or minor in medical laboratory science. Pre- or corequisite: MLS 308.

MLS 308:
Clinical Microbiology


A fundamental course in microbiology that includes bacterial growth, synthesis, differentiation, microbial nutrition and metabolism. Prerequisites: BIOL 121N, BIOL 122N, BIOL 123N, and BIOL 124N; CHEM 211 is recommended or permission of the instructor.

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.

Requirements


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

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

Cost

Tuition and Fees

Estimated rates for the 2022-23 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:

$ 374

Non-Resident


Per Credit:

$ 1,039

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


I like this program. What are the next steps?

Contact


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Meet Your Enrollment Team

Our enrollment coordinators are ready to help you through the admissions process.

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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

Additional Programs


Are there other programs at ODU I may be interested in?

With over 120 undergraduate programs, 130 graduate programs at the master'seducation specialist and doctoral levels plus a wealth of certificate and professional development programs, Old Dominion University has the program for you. Visit our academic program listing page to see other programs ODU has to offer.

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