Biomedical Laboratory Diagnostics

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Become a disease detective.

Laboratory diagnoses support 70% of medical decisions. Medical laboratory scientists and histotechnologists play a critical role by providing these diagnoses to providers who then use them to craft the patient's care plan.

The Biomedical Laboratory Diagnostics program has multiple options for students interested in pursuing careers in medical laboratory science or histotechnology. Undergraduate students can pursue either track, while students from diverse undergraduate academic backgrounds can pursue a master's in medical laboratory science.

Both the undergraduate and graduate programs are an excellent way to enter an in-demand and growing field in a variety of clinical laboratory settings, and also prepare students for further graduate and professional study.

Who You Are

Finding a treatment for a patient starts with identifying the problem, and laboratory professionals do just that. They serve as a critical part of the care team that gives necessary information to providers who then use it to craft the patient's care plan. Biomedical laboratory diagnostics encompasses two distinct types of laboratory professionals, medical laboratory scientists and histotechnologists. 

Medical laboratory scientists discover the presence or absence of disease in blood and body fluids, and provide data that help healthcare providers determine the best treatment for the patient. They generate vitally important data for identifying and treating cancer, heart disease, diabetes and many other health conditions.

Histotechnologists are integral to the success of the anatomic pathology department by performing routine and complex procedures to preserve and process tissue specimens, to detect the presence or absence of disease in tissue specimens, and to provide data that aids pathologists in determining the diagnosis, prognosis and best treatment for the patient. 


  • 100% employment rate
    Graduates find employment or enroll in a graduate program within months of graduation.
  • $50,000+
    Starting salaries average $57,800 per year with an undergraduate degree.

What You'll Do

Although not often personally involved with patients, medical laboratory scientists and histotechnologists play a crucial role in the process of providing personalized care. 

As a laboratory professional, you can expect to work in diverse settings such as hospital, clinic, state, reference, research, veterinary, forensic, pharmaceutical and other laboratory environments.

A degree in Biomedical Laboratory Diagnostics from WVU is an excellent preparation for graduate school in the medical or dental professions or in the basic sciences.

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