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). One of the HP Advisors 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 advisors to select appropriate courses if they desire to pursue consideration for the program. 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. 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.
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.
2. Apply to the Medical Laboratory Program
Apply by completing a Medical Lab Technology Application Form. (PDF)
Application Instructions (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 May 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).
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 mailing address throughout the process. We use the Medical Laboratory Technology application form address and email address until we receive notification directly from the applicant to change it in their application file. We do not receive notification about address changes from the college SIS student account information. 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.
5. Review the Medical Laboratory Technology checklist.
The pre-advisor will be in contact by letter, once an applicant has supplied all their transcripts. The pre-advisor 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.
By applying early to VWCC and submitting your high school/GED records and all college transcripts, Pam Woody and the other Health Professions Advisors will be able to provide answers to many of your questions and help guide you in making decisions for this restricted program. She 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 23 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.