Pre-Medical Lab Science

Degree Awarded

  • Associate of Arts

Nature of Program

The associates program in pre-medical lab science fulfills the first two years of undergraduate study required for admittance to the Bachelor of Science degree program in medical laboratory science offered by the West Virginia University School of Medicine. Courses in the program provide all the general education, biology, chemistry and math courses required for admission and provide the foundations required for success in the bachelor program.  Students accepted into the program complete an additional two years of courses in medical lab science and receive a Bachelor’s degree. Once admitted into the bachelor program, students can chose to emphasis to become a clinical laboratory scientist or histotechnologist.

Career Opportunities

Clinical laboratory scientists analyze, develop and perform medical laboratory tests and evaluate results on blood and bodily fluids. Histotechnologists are responsible for routine and specialized procedures on tissue and autopsy specimens for diagnosis. Both can find employment in labs in hospitals, doctor's offices or private lab facilities.

General Education FOUNDATIONS

Please use this link to view a list of courses that meet each GEF requirement.

NOTE: Some major requirements will fulfill specific GEF requirements. Please see the curriculum requirements listed below for details on which GEFs you will need to select.

General Education Foundations
F1 - Composition & Rhetoric3-6
Introduction to Composition and Rhetoric
and Composition, Rhetoric, and Research
Accelerated Academic Writing
F2A/F2B - Science & Technology4-6
F3 - Math & Quantitative Skills3-4
F4 - Society & Connections3
F5 - Human Inquiry & the Past3
F6 - The Arts & Creativity3
F7 - Global Studies & Diversity3
F8 - Focus (may be satisfied by completion of a minor, double major, or dual degree)9
Total Hours31-37

Please note that not all of the GEF courses are offered at all campuses. Students should consult with their advisor or academic department regarding the GEF course offerings available at their campus.

Curriculum Requirements

GEF Elective Requirements (4, 5, 6, and 7)12
ENGL 101
ENGL 102
Introduction to Composition and Rhetoric
and Composition, Rhetoric, and Research (GEF 1)
Select one of the following (GEF 3):3
College Algebra 5-Day
College Algebra 4-Day
College Algebra 3-Day
STAT 211Elementary Statistical Inference3
BIOL 101
BIOL 103
General Biology
and General Biology Laboratory (GEF 8)
BIOL 102
BIOL 104
General Biology
and General Biology Laboratory (GEF 8)
CHEM 115Fundamentals of Chemistry (GEF 2)4
CHEM 116Fundamentals of Chemistry (GEF 8)4
CHEM 233
CHEM 235
Organic Chemistry
and Organic Chemistry Laboratory
CHEM 234
CHEM 236
Organic Chemistry
and Organic Chemistry Laboratory
WVUE 191First Year Seminar1
Total Hours60

Suggested Plan of Study

First Year
ENGL 101 (GEF 1)3ENGL 102 (GEF 1)3
Select one of the following (GEF 3):3BIOL 102
BIOL 104 (GEF 8)
 CHEM 116 (GEF 8)4
 GEF 43
BIOL 101
BIOL 103 (GEF 8)
CHEM 115 (GEF 2)4 
WVUE 1911 
 15 15
Second Year
CHEM 233
CHEM 235
4CHEM 234
CHEM 236
STAT 2113GEF 73
GEF 53Elective3
GEF 63Elective3
 16 14
Total credit hours: 60

Major Learning Goals

pre-medical lab science

Upon completion of the associates in pre-medical lab science program, students will be able to:

  1. Describe general biological concepts including cell structure and function, physiology and genetics.
  2. Use mathematical concepts to solve problems.
  3. Use chemical principles and laboratory techniques to describe and analyze the chemical structure and reactivity of organic molecules.  
  4. Apply for admission into the medical lab science program at WVU School of Medicine or equivalent program.