Menu Menu

About BDTS

The Biomedical Diagnostic and Therapeutic Science (BDTS) program is designed to prepare students for professional opportunities in a variety of growing healthcare fields. Because it meets the basic academic requirements, the biomedical sciences curriculum provides excellent preparation for entry into post-baccalaureate professional programs.
The Biomedical Diagnostic and Therapeutic Sciences Program mission is to:
  • Provide a pre-clinical education of the highest quality and relevance that qualifies the student to successfully obtain a clinical education internship.
  • Maintain a variety of majors and specialized curricula that are founded on current advances in laboratory sciences such that students are prepared for a graduate degree in laboratory sciences or related basic science areas, or for professional degrees.
  • Provide opportunities for students to be involved in research and incorporate research trends into the curriculum of each discipline.
  • Create a learning environment that advocates practice of student professionalism and promotes excellence in healthcare service to the community.
For You?
Consider this major if: 

You want a B.S. degree that allows you to work in hospital, commercial, or academic research laboratories or public health facilities (please see the 6 specializations listed below) and you:
  • have a strong interest in science
  • want a career in health care
  • like challenge and responsibility
  • like to solve problems
  • are a team player
  • work well under pressure
  • are self-motivated
  • enjoy evolving technology
You plan to further your studies by applying to:
  • Medical school or Osteopathic school
  • Physician Assistant program
  • Dental or Optometry school
  • Master’s or Doctoral level programs in clinical or basic sciences (immunology, microbiology, cancer biology, pathology, etc)

The pre-clinical education obtained from Oakland University consists of 2-4 years of pre-requisite and specialized classroom instruction meant to establish competencies in core scientific disciplines.

With exception to the Medical Laboratory Science specialization that receives post-graduate clinical training, students have the opportunity to earn a BDTS degree by completing a hospital based clinical internship program at affiliated institutions. Acceptance into the internship programs is competitive and is based on grade point average, personal interview and letters of recommendation. The application process for each of the specializations is unique.  Students are advised to read carefully about their chosen specialization. 

To prepare for one of the BDTS specializations, a student must have a strong background in sciences including anatomy, physiology, math, physics and computer science.  Completion of courses within the BDTS core curriculum may be required for subsequent courses within each specialization. Consult the full BDTS degree requirement checklist for general education requirements that are satisfied by BDTS core curriculum courses.



 BIO 111 General Biology 4
 BIO 205 Human Anatomy 4
 BIO 206 or 322 Anatomy Lab
(206 required for Rad Therapy)
 BIO 207 Physiology 4
 CHM 144/147 General Chemistry I/Laboratory I 4/1
 CHM 145/148 General Chemistry II/Laboratory II 4/1
 MTH 141 Pre-calculus
(NOT required for Cytotechnology and Histotechnology)
 STA 225 Intro Statistics or STA 226 Applied Probability and Statistics 4
 PHY 101/110 Physics I/ Lab I
(HT, CT majors may substitute)**
 PHY 102/111 Physics II/ Lab II
(HT, CT majors may substitute)**
 HS 450 Law, Values & Healthcare 4
 MLS 201 Careers in MLS 1
 MLS 210 Medical Terminology 1
 MLS 205 Contemporary Issues Health Care Org.
(NOT required for Radiation Therapy or Radiologic Tech)
 MLS 226 Basic Laboratory Theory & Techniques
(NOT required for Radiation Therapy or Radiologic Tech)
Elective Credits (WRT 150, or approved course through petition of exception)  4

** HT and CT majors substitute PHY 108 and PHY 109; no physics laboratory courses required.

Biomedical Diagnostic & Therapeutic Sciences major requires a cumulative GPA of 2.80 or higher for all specializations. Student is required to review the catalog for course grade requirements.





Medical Laboratory Science 

      Clinical sites with MTIMP M affiliation:

Nuclear Medicine 

Radiologic Technology 

Radiation Therapy

Other Resources

  • Lab Tests Online has been designed to help you to better understand the many clinical lab tests that are part of routine care, diagnosis and treatment of a broad range of conditions and diseases. This site can serve as a quick reference tool or as a resource for keeping up with advances in laboratory science.
  • Explore careers within the medical laboratory field and see what really goes on behind the scenes in this interactive experience supported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Michigan Department of Community Health. DiagnosticDetectives: The Medical Laboratory Professions
  • Do you have a mind for science, an eye for details and a heart for helping others?  Could you see yourself in a lab science career?  Find out here.
  • The only bi-weekly news magazine for healthcare professionals that provides regular columns, feature articles and current job openings from across the United States.
    ADVANCE for Medical Laboratory Professionals
    ADVANCE for Imaging and Radiation Oncology



Science Society
The Biomedical Science Society works to give students a better understanding of the important roles medical laboratory science careers play in the field of medicine. 

We also provide assistance for medical laboratory science students looking to build knowledge and skills helpful toward gaining entry into an internship in their chosen focus area by giving students a chance to meet with current students in their major, as well as with past graduates who are now in their internships or working in the field. 

We welcome all interested students, whether they are medical laboratory science majors or just interested in learning more about the field.

Join us on  Facebook and  GrizzOrgs