Medical Laboratory Science Program Online

  • Bachelor of Science in Medical Laboratory Science
  • Ellmer College of Health Sciences
  • School of Medical Diagnostic & Translational Sciences

Degree completion

  • MLT certification is required for admission
  • For students with some college credits
  • Complete at least 30 credits online from ODU

Medical technologists perform a variety of tasks essential to the medical field. These range from simple pre-marital blood tests to more complex tests conducted in a medical laboratory that uncover diseases such as HIV/AIDS, diabetes, and cancer.

This program is for certified Medical Laboratory Technicians who completed an accredited associate degree or a hospital-based or military MLT program. Benefits of our bachelor's program include:

  • Formal clinical rotations are not required for certified medical laboratory technicians.
  • Our graduates have a high pass rate for the national certification exam.
  • Military experience may count toward credits.
  • Tests are scheduled within a date range rather than a specific date and time. This is crucial for students who must accommodate shift work at a hospital.

Upon graduation with a B.S. in Medical Laboratory Science, you are eligible for examination and certification through the Board of Certification of the American Society for Clinical Pathologists (ASCP).

Our degree program is fully accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS).

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  • Top NAACLS-Accredited Medical Laboratory Science Programs Online, 2021

  • To a bachelor's degree from ODU, you must complete at least 30 credit hours with us. This bachelor’s program requires 120 total credit hours.

    You will not have to repeat laboratory components of courses. A clinical rotation is not required if you are a certified medical laboratory technician.

    Talk with our enrollment team to determine how your credits will transfer.

  • Access course materials online from any location. Many classes don't have a scheduled meeting time, so you can fit class into your personal schedule. Exams are scheduled within a date range rather than a specific date and time. All courses follow ODU's regular semester and academic calendar.

  • In-state Virginia Residents
    $408 per credit hour*
    Out-of-State Students
    $439 per credit hour

    Active duty military students may qualify for a discounted undergraduate tuition rate.

    These tuition rates are effective Fall 2024 and subject to change. 
    * In-state rate assumes residency requirements are met.

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  • Scholarship Opportunities

    Healthcare Heroes: This scholarship lifts students who will support others’ health by entering practitioner-based health care programs or disciplines that promote community and global health practices. Recipients are awarded $1,000 for the first semester of enrollment.
    Learn more about the Healthcare Heroes Scholarship

Combine your interests in medicine and science for a challenging and rewarding career. This degree can open career opportunities as a:

  • Laboratory Scientist
  • Laboratory Discipline Specialist
  • Educator
  • Researcher

Upon graduation, you are eligible for examination and certification through the Board of Certification of the American Society for Clinical Pathologists (ASCP).

In order to work in this field, licensure is required. Many states accept ASCP Board of Certification credentials. Some states have additional requirements you must fulfill.

Use our Licensure Disclosure Directory to learn whether this program will help you gain licensure in your state.

If you have any questions or want to learn more about this program, please contact us using the form above.

Our dedicated enrollment team will guide your transition to ODUGlobal.

  • MLT certification is required for admission.

    Our enrollment team can provide a free, unofficial transfer evaluation for credits you earned in a medical laboratory technician certification program and from other higher education institutions. Military experience may also count for academic credit. Then you can apply those credits toward this degree from ODU.

  • We've partnered with the Virginia Community College System and select educational institutions to make transferring easy. By applying, you will be assured admission at ODU for the completion of your degree.

    Learn more about Guaranteed Admission to ODU