Medical Lab Sciences

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Alumni say dissecting cadavers in undergraduate gave them a head's start

Dissecting cadavers at EMU, as the professor and alumni attest, is a unique and powerfully formative opportunity for undergraduate and graduate students.

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Join a growing field in the health care industry. As a medical laboratory scientist you can assist physicians and other health care professionals to diagnose and treat illnesses and other conditions. If you enjoy hands-on lab work, and testing and experimenting to solve problems this would be a good field for you. You're lab experiences and faculty mentoring will prepare you to be a leader in the field of medical testing and diagnostics.

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The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects an increasing need for medical and clinical laboratory technicians and technologists between now and 2026.

The above data was drawn from ONet and is intended for informational purposes only.

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Major Requirements (34 SH plus clinical program)

A major in medical laboratory science consists of the 34 SH listed below followed by completion of the clinical program (usually one year) in an approved school of clinical laboratory science/medical technology. In this program the student completes three years of study (a minimum of 90 SH) at Eastern Mennonite University and a fourth year at the school of clinical laboratory science/medical technology.

EMU has articulation agreements with clinical laboratory science programs at:

  • Sentara RMH Medical Center
    • Students may also select the Histotechnology option through Sentara RMH.  
  • Augusta Health Center
  • Virginia Commonwealth University.

Alternatively, a student may elect to complete the biology major and enter the clinical program following receipt of the baccalaureate degree. Students should contact the MLS academic advisor to discuss registration and enrollment details for the clinical year.

Biology courses (16 SH):

  • BIOL 173 Concepts in Biology - 4 
  • BIOL 205 Intro to Microbiology - 3  OR *BIOL 327 Advanced Microbiology - 3 
  • BIOL 240 Molecular and Cellular Biology - 4 
  • BIOL 337 Immunology - 3   or PH 231 Foundations of Public Health Immunology - 3
  • Additional BIOL course to reach 16 SH

Chemistry or biochemistry courses (16 SH):

  • CHEM 223 General Chemistry I - 4 
  • CHEM 224 General Chemistry II - 4 
  • CHEM 315 Organic Chemistry I - 4  OR BIOCH 152 Human Biochemistry - 2 
  • *CHEM 320 Analytical Chemistry I     OR *CHEM 340 Analytical Chemistry II - 3 
  • Additional CHEM or BIOCH to reach 16 SH

2 SH in statistics

  • STAT 120 Descriptive Statistics OR STAT 220 Inferential Statistics - 2  

* indicates the course is offered in alternate years

Enrollment in upper-level biology, biochemistry, chemistry and environmental science courses (BIOL, BIOCH, CHEM, ENVS 300s and 400s) requires a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 in all science and math courses (BIOL, BIOCH, CHEM, ENVS, MATH, PHYS). Students who fail to earn a C- in any coursework required for their major should promptly schedule a meeting with their advisor.

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