Medical Laboratory Science (Bachelor of Science) Sample Online Curriculum

The sample course of study below is based on the 2021 Undergraduate Catalog. This is not an official advising document. All efforts have been made to provide accurate program information. However, this information is subject to change by the department.

This is a degree completion program, which means you should already have college credits for the lower division coursework.

Transfer credit may be granted if you graduated from a medical laboratory technician certification program, took courses at another institution, or have related military experience. Our online enrollment coordinators can provide a free unofficial transfer evaluation before you apply to ODU. Official review of your student records happens when you apply to and are admitted to ODU.

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Lower Division Departmental Requirements

These courses are specific to the Medical Laboratory Science degree. Some of them fulfill lower division general education requirements. Additional lower division general education courses are required to earn a bachelor's degree from ODU.

All lower level general education and department requirements must be completed prior to entering the Medical Laboratory Science bachelor's program.

Old Dominion University CourseCreditsNotes
ENGL 110C English Composition3Satisfies GEN ED Written Communication
GEN. ED. (DEPT) Mathematical Skills3MATH 102M or 103M
GEN. ED. (DEPT) Mathematical Skills3STAT 130M
GEN. ED. (DEPT) Nature of Science4CHEM 121N+122N
GEN. ED. (DEPT) Nature of Science4CHEM 123N+124N
GEN. ED. (DEPT) Nature of Science4BIOL 121N+122N
(DEPT) BIOL 250 Human Anatomy and Physiology I 4
(DEPT) BIOL 251 Human Anatomy and Physiology II4
(DEPT) CHEM 211+212 Organic Chemistry I Lecture and Lab5

Upper Division Major Courses

Old Dominion University CourseCreditsNotes
MLS 309 Medical Bacteriology3
MLS 310 Urinalysis and Body Fluids1May be taken prior to admission to the MLS program.
MLS 324 Clinical Instrumentation and Electronics3May be taken prior to admission to the MLS program.
MLS 326 Immunohematology3
MLS 328 Advanced Hematology and Hemostasis2
MLS 330 Clinical Immunology/Serology2
MLS 340 Medical Parasitology, Mycology, and Virology1
MLS 351 Clinical Biochemistry3
MLS 402 Survey of Clinical Molecular Techniques2
MLS 403W Management in a Clinical Setting3
MLS 440 Statistical Applications and Data Analysis in the Clinical Laboratory3
MLS 441 Clinical Hematology Competencies1
MLS 442 Clinical Hematology Competencies1
MLS 443 Clinical Biochemistry Competencies1
MLS 444 Clinical Blood Bank Competencies1
MLS 457 Medical Technology Seminar1
Electives17-23Includes transfer and Prior Learning Assessment credit from MLT Training Program

A clinical rotation is not required if you are a certified medical laboratory technician.

You may need to take additional free electives to reach 120 credit hours minimum overall and 30 credit minimum taken at ODU.


Upper-Division General Education Requirements

There are four options to complete these course requirements. We recommend that MLS students complete Option D, two courses from outside the College of Health Sciences. One of the courses can be a "T" course, which means it will also fulfill the general education "Impact of Technology" lower level general education requirement.

  • Option A. An approved minor, second degree or second major from outside the College of Health Sciences. (12 credit hours minimum)
  • Option B. Interdisciplinary Minor from outside the College of Health Sciences. (12 credit hours)
  • Option C. International business and regional courses or an approved certification program, such as teaching licensure.
  • Option D: two courses from outside the College of Health Sciences. (6 credits)


View All Medical Laboratory Science Course Descriptions in ODU's Undergraduate Catalog


This bachelor's degree requires a minimum of 120 credit hours total.

To complete this degree at ODU as a transfer, a minimum of 30 credit hours must be earned at ODU.


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