If you are interested in this program, you should submit your official high school and college transcripts to the attention of the Health Professions Advising and Applications Office (HPAAO) at VWCC. One of the HP team members can review them and then discuss your particular circumstances with you to answer questions you may have. We encourage applicants to apply as early as possible for advising purposes. Applicants can work with one of the HP team members to select appropriate courses if they desire to pursue consideration for the program. The Program Advisor, Ms. Rhonda Perdue (rperdue@virginiawestern.edu) can assist with course selections and career planning. The current application can also be used to express interest for future consideration.

How To Apply

We require all application material(s) be submitted to the Health Professions Advising and Applications Office at Virginia Western Community College. If you fail to do so, be aware we will not be responsible for any delays in processing your file. Complete the following and submit to:

Pam Woody, VWCC – Health Professions
3091 Colonial Ave.
Roanoke, VA 24015.

A meeting with the advisor is not required. If you have questions, it is suggested that any meeting not be conducted until you follow the steps below and all transcripts have been submitted to the advisor. You may contact the advisor directly after that time by email, or if needed, in her office.

1. Apply to VWCC

If you are not a current VWCC student, apply to the college by completing a VWCC application. Please make sure you indicate your plan of study as Career Studies Certificate: Introduction to Medical Laboratory Technology (curricular/credit classes) on the application. If you are a current student and want to change your plan of study to CSC: Intro to MLT, please contact the Program Advisor, Ms. Perdue, or email healthprofessions@virginiawestern.edu and include your seven digit student id.

All NEW students intending to enroll in classes at Virginia Western should consider contacting the Enrollment Center staff in Chapman Hall if they have basic questions about direct enrollment, course requirements, financial aid, etc. You may need an appointment to visit the Enrollment Center and it’s a great way to learn more about available resources. They will refer you to A New Student Advisor, if needed, or to one of the pre-admission advisor for Medical Laboratory Technology, when necessary.

Note: If you already attend a Virginia community college, you have either completed the direct enrollment process regarding Math and English or completed the required courses necessary to begin courses. If you attend another college or university, the official transcripts you provide will be evaluated to see if preparatory coursework is necessary. Again, the advisor will request in the advising form letter if you need to take preparatory coursework to prepare for necessary courses for Medical Laboratory Technology or any of the prerequisites required for Medical Laboratory Technology. Applicants who need to begin prerequisite courses at Virginia Western (home college) should make it a priority to seek assistance from Chapman Hall, if a new student.

In addition, Joint Venture Mountain Gateway students will need to apply to VWCC as indicated above and also apply to MGCC and select the plan of study as Advanced Health Care certificate. An advisor, Ms. Courtney (acourtney@mgcc.edu), at MGCC can assist you with Mountain Gateway course selections.

2. Apply to the Medical Laboratory Program

Apply by completing a Medical Lab Technology Application Form. (PDF)

Application Instructions – VWCC (PDF)

Application Instructions – MGCC (PDF)

3. Obtain and submit your transcripts

Have all official sealed transcripts (high school and college) and a copy of GED scores (if applicable) submitted. Remember, if you obtain transcripts directly, do not open any envelope which contain a transcript, they are no longer “official” to us when you open them. It is the applicant’s responsibility to request their own transcripts and pay any required fees. Faxed transcripts are not considered “official” for application. Please do not request transcripts from VWCC or any other community college in Virginia. College graduates must still provide their official HS transcript. GED holders must also submit official high school transcripts, if completed at least through the 9th grade.

Official electronic transcripts are acceptable. Transcripts must be received by the Health Professions Advising and Applications Office by July 1.

If any school’s policy prevents them from issuing “official” transcripts directly to you, please request they be sent addressed directly to Pam Woody at the address above. Please do not request transcripts from VWCC or any other community college in Virginia. Transcripts must include Continuing Education courses. HS transcripts are required even if you are a college graduate. GED holders must also submit official high school transcripts if completed at least through the 9th grade. If you were home-schooled, a detailed academic curriculum report showing completion and signed by the school administrator is required (including a statement indicating if a lab component was completed for Biology and Chemistry).

MGCC applicants need to submit all application materials to Pam Woody at VWCC. You do not need to submit application materials to MGCC.

Transcript Request Form (PDF)

4. Submit your application materials.

We suggest mailing your application packet to Miss Woody at the address above. Material being hand-delivered to campus should be brought to the 3rd floor of the Fralin Center, Room HP339. The Health Professions Advising and Applications Office is usually accessible from 7:45 AM to 4:00 PM. If the office is closed, please slide the materials under the door of Fralin 339. The Medical Laboratory Technology advising form letter is scanned to your school email account, after your complete academic file is reviewed by the Advisor (usually within 4 weeks if received from May – December). It is the applicant’s responsibility to request their own transcripts and pay any required fees. Faxed transcripts are not considered “official” for application.

Note: Applicants should remember to update the Health Professions Advising and Applications Office with any changes to their email address throughout the process. We use the Medical Laboratory Technology application email address for communicating with students. All future contact from the advisors office regarding the application, will be sent via email to the last email address given to us directly from the applicant or if using Navigate, to the email associated with your Navigate account. Please be sure and turn on your notifications in Navigate to receive communication from the Health Professions Advising and Applications Office..

5. Review the Medical Laboratory Technology checklist.

Medical Laboratory Technology Checklist – VWCC (PDF)

Medical Laboratory Technology Checklist – MGCC (PDF)

Please be sure and select the checklist for your “home” campus–either VWCC or MGCC.

The HPAAO will be in contact by email, once an applicant has supplied all their transcripts. The HPAAO personnel does not have any input in the final admission decisions for a program, so face-to-face contact with the advisor is not a requirement.

Apply Early

By applying early to VWCC and submitting your high school/GED records and all college transcripts, Pam Woody and the other Health Professions team members will be able to provide answers to many of your questions and help guide you in making decisions for this restricted program. They will notify you of any prerequisite requirements you have not met and provide advising on how to meet those requirements, as well as selecting courses that can be utilized to increase your cumulative GPA by the end of the Fall semester for fall 2024 consideration. Current enrollment in missing prerequisites is not required to apply early, but all prerequisites must be completed with a “C” or better by the spring semester prior to the first fall semester of the program.


Est. Tuition*: $
Credits: 71 Hours
Time: 2 Years

*Estimated cost reflects in-state rate and is subject to change


The cost of attendance is an estimate of the costs a student may have while at Virginia Western.

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 Fralin Center HP339
New Students: Chapman Hall
Fax: 540-857-6640

Mailing address:
School of Health Professions
3091 Colonial Ave., SW
Roanoke, VA 24015


Jeffrey S. Gillette
Professor, Medical Lab Technology

A.A.S. – Monroe Community College, 1985
B.S. – Daemen College, 1987
M.S. – University of Rochester, 1993
Ph.D. – N.C. State University, 2000


Martha Sullivan, Dean