Essential Functions are the nonacademic requirements of the program that a student must be able to master to participate successfully in the profession.

  • Communication: Ability to interact with others in English, both verbally and in legible written form.
  • Hearing: Ability to gather information aurally or to adapt.
  • Interaction: Ability to interact with individuals or groups from a range of social, cultural, emotional, and intellectual backgrounds.
  • Mobility: Ability to move from room to room, and to maneuver in small spaces e.g. around instruments, between beds, benches, etc. Ability to stand for long periods of time.
  • Motor skills: Ability to perform with gloved hands, the gross and fine motor skills to: turn dials; move switches; process specimens; assemble blood collection equipment; tie tourniquet; perform blood collection techniques in smooth motion.
  • Problem solving: Ability to make clinical judgments about patients, instruments and data.
  • Self-care: Ability to present a professional appearance as a representative of the laboratory, and maintain own health and safety on the job.
  • Olfaction: Sufficient olfactory sense to maintain patients’ and environment safety.
  • Temperament: Ability to work in a high-stress work environment and interact with patients and other health care workers.
  • Vision: Ability to accurately perform and assess laboratory equipment and procedures and to assess patients.


Est. Tuition*: $
Credits: 16 Hours
Time: 1 semester

*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