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West Virginia University

Morgantown , West Virginia ,United States

Bachelor of Science Biomedical Laboratory Diagnostics

The BS in Biomedical Laboratory Diagnostics has two tracks: medical laboratory science (formerly clinical laboratory science) and histotechnology. Medical laboratory scientists are skilled laboratory professionals that perform laboratory testing on blood and bodily fluids to aid in the diagnosis, prognosis and treatment of patients. Laboratory testing encompasses such disciplines as clinical chemistry, hematology, immunology, immunohematology, microbiology and molecular biology.

Histotechnologists are healthcare professionals who are qualified through academic and applied science education and training to provide service, research and management in histotechnology and areas related to anatomic pathology. They are integral to the success of the anatomic pathology department by performing routine and complex procedures to preserve and process tissue specimens for examination and diagnosis by a pathologist.

Students are admitted into either the medical laboratory science or the histotechnology track within the biomedical laboratory diagnostics major after completing the pre-requisite courses at a WVU System campus (Morgantown, Beckley or Keyser) or an accredited college or university.


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Minimum English Language Requirements

English Level Description IELTS (1.0 -9.0) TOEFL IBT (0-120) TOEFL CBT (0-300) PTE (10-90)
Expert 9 120 297-300 86-90
Very Good 8.5 115-119 280-293 83-86
Very Good 8 110-114 270-280 79-83
Good 7.5 102-109 253-267 73-79
Good 7 94-101 240-253 65-73
Competent 6.5 79-93 213-233 58-65
Competent 6 60-78 170-210 50-58
Modest 5.5 46-59 133-210 43-50
Modest 5 35-45 107-133 36-43
Limited 4 32-34 97-103 30-36
Extremely Limited < 4 < 31 < 93 < 30

Job Opportunity Potential

Biomedical Laboratory Diagnostics has become a popular major for students planning to go to medical school. Graduates of the program are successful in medical school and have a unique body of knowledge that is beneficial to them as practicing physicians. Graduates also successfully complete dental school, physician’s assistant programs, pathologists’ assistant programs and optometry school, and some go on to graduate programs to do research in cancer cell biology or other areas.

The majority of graduates work in hospital laboratories where they provide the information used by physicians to make diagnoses, treat patients and monitor patient conditions. Some graduates work in industry where they become technical trainers for instrument companies or work as troubleshooters, installers and support personnel for laboratory instrumentation. They also find jobs in sales and as customer service representatives for various industries.

PSW Opportunity

12 to 36 months( OPT duration depends on the major studied) 


Admission Requirement / Eligibility Criteria


  • Must have at least a 2.5 grade-point average on a 4.0 scale for general admission.
  • Must meet English Proficiency or request conditional admission and admission to the Intensive English Program (IEP).
  • Please be advised that some Engineering majors may reach capacity and therefore will be restricted from entry.
  • For direct admission to some colleges and majors, SAT or ACT scores are required and must be sent to WVU directly from the respective testing services. Please review the program requirements. For all other majors, international students are encouraged but not required to submit SAT or ACT scores, if available. SAT/ACT scores are useful for determining scholarship eligibility.
  • WVU welcomes applications from students with IGCSE and O-Level Certificates from Cambridge International for admissions consideration. We require a minimum of five subject passes, of which two must be English and Mathematics. The average of the grades must be at least a 2.5 (on a 4.0 scale). A passing grade in the subject of English will be accepted as evidence of sufficient English ability.


  • Must have at least a 2.0 grade point average on a 4.0 scale in all college work attempted.
  • Must meet English Proficiency or request conditional admission and admission to the Intensive English Program (IEP).
  • In addition, transfer students who have fewer than 24 transferable credit hours, must also meet freshman admission standards and submit secondary school/high school transcripts. 
  • Some individual programs and majors have different course requirements and higher grade point average requirements; .
  • Grades and credits are transferable for college-level courses from regionally accredited U.S. institutions..

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