Clinical and Diagnostic Sciences

Medical Laboratory Science

Preparing students for a spectrum of health science careers

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Wesley Wright discovered his passion for laboratory science in the School of Health Sciences.

icon of a calendarNovember 19, 2020

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Senior Wesley Wright wants to make a difference in the lives of others as a clinical pharmacist. He discovered his passion for laboratory science on the campus of Oakland University.

The Flint native is scheduled to graduate in April 2021 with a Bachelor of Science in Clinical and Diagnostic Sciences, specializing in Medical Laboratory Science (MLS). Wright was drawn to OU’s School of Health Sciences for its excellent reputation in educating well-prepared professionals.

“The MLS track aligns perfectly with my professional goals. Nearly half of my courses are labs, so I have the opportunity to perform and interpret laboratory tests that are critical to the diagnosis, treatment, management and prevention of disease,” explains Wright. “I also enjoy participating in hands-on research alongside very supportive faculty. Smaller class sizes help to create meaningful relationships with my professors and peers.”

Christina Lim, special instructor and coordinator of medical laboratory science, believes real-world experiences help students across the entire department become well-rounded, stand out in the job market and excel in postgraduate programs. “Our graduates not only develop scientific expertise through distinct coursework in human physiology and pathology, they also gain the skills needed for a wide variety of clinical- or research-based professions within the health care industry.”

As a member of the Clinical and Diagnostic Sciences Society, Habitat for Humanity, Leadership OU, Admissions Ambassador, and the Honors College, Wright is immersed in campus life. He also works part-time as a pharmacy technician at Walgreens and volunteers in the community. “I have grown so much during my years as an OU student. My experiences have allowed me to develop many characteristics, such as professionalism, confidence, and creativity. However, the number one characteristic I have developed at OU is leadership,” Wright says.

Wright is one step closer to achieving his dream of becoming a pharmacist. He was recently accepted into the Pharm.D. program at the University of Michigan. “I look forward to the opportunity to be involved in patient medication therapy while researching new ways to improve medication adherence and optimizing pharmacotherapy application.”

For more information on the Medical Laboratory Science specialization within the Department of Clinical and Diagnostic Sciences, visit



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