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2019-2020

Pre-clinical laboratory sciences

College of Humanities and Sciences

 
Program description

Students in the pre-health major in Clinical Laboratory Sciences must complete the two-year program requirements (a total minimum of 60 credits) for application to the Bachelor of Science degree program in Clinical Laboratory Sciences offered by the VCU College of Health Professions. Students must apply for entrance to the Clinical Laboratory Sciences program during the spring semester preceding desired fall admission. All prerequisite coursework must be completed by the summer preceding desired fall admission. For example, if a student desired a Fall 2020 admission to the program, their application would be completed spring of 2020, and all prerequisite coursework would be completed by summer of 2020.

Completion of the pre-health major in Clinical Laboratory Sciences does not guarantee admission to the B.S. in Clinical Laboratory Sciences nor does it result in a college degree. Students must be admitted to and complete the baccalaureate program to earn a B.S. degree in clinical laboratory sciences. Admission into the program is based on scholastic record, demonstrated aptitude and interest, and a personal interview conducted by the departmental admissions committee. Students are strongly encouraged to consult with a UAA pre-health major academic adviser to learn about admission requirements that are specific to the program and to speak about alternate/parallel majors. For more information about the admission requirements for the B.S. in Clinical Laboratory Sciences, visit the department’s website.

Career opportunities

Clinical laboratory scientists/ medical technologists perform laboratory testing in various settings to diagnose, monitor and treat diseases. Most clinical laboratory personnel work in hospital laboratories. Many are also employed by private physicians, medical groups, public health and environmental laboratories, research facilities, pharmaceutical and biomedical companies, universities, industrial medical laboratories, molecular diagnostic laboratories and the armed forces. On the job, you would:

  • Conduct analysis of body fluids, such as blood or urine, using microscopes, automated instruments, and manual techniques to detect abnormalities or diseases.
  • Analyze the results of tests or experiments to ensure conformity to specifications, and high quality test results, using special mechanical or electrical devices.
  • Set up, maintain, calibrate, clean, and test sterility of medical laboratory equipment.

With a Master's or Doctoral Degree, you could also manage a Clinical Laboratory, perform clinical and translational research, or teach Clinical Laboratory Science courses in a postsecondary environment.

Change of major requirements

Current VCU students who wish to change their major to the pre-health major in clinical laboratory sciences must meet the following criteria to be considered for the major: Minimum GPA of 2.5. No more than 75 credits completed.

Students who do not meet these requirements may see a pre-health adviser, but they will be referred for programming and not assigned to an adviser.


Bachelor-level job titles
  • Health Educator
  • Medical Laboratory Scientist
  • MLS(ASCP)/Medical Technologist
  • Occupational Health and Safety Technician
  • Quality Control Analyst
Graduate and professional level job titles
  • Laboratory Manager
  • Laboratory Supervisor
  • Lead Scientist Microbiologist
  • Molecular and Cellular Biologist
Degree requirements in Bulletin
Highest level of math required
  • MATH 151
Science required
  • 5+ additional science courses
Foreign language requirements
  • No
Additional tuition/fees
  • Yes
GPA requirements (to progress/graduate in the major)
  • 2.5
Department name:
University Academic Advising
Building/room location:
Hibbs Hall, First Floor
Campus (where 75% of courses are taken):
Monroe park
Phone:
(804) 827-8648
Email:
prehealthadv@vcu.edu

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Explore
MAXIMIZE COURSE AND DEGREE PLANNING
  • Schedule an appointment with your academic advisor to review your CSI self-report, start goal planning for your first year, and to discuss tutoring, course electives, and degree progression.
  • Go to a Lunch & Learn Workshop with Pre-Health Advising to learn more about the program and meet students and faculty in the department.
GET CONNECTED WITH YOUR COMMUNITY
BUILD CULTURAL COMPETENCE
GET REAL EXPERIENCE
PREPARING FOR LIFE AFTER COLLEGE

Experience
MAXIMIZE COURSE AND DEGREE PLANNING
GET CONNECTED WITH YOUR COMMUNITY
BUILD CULTURAL COMPETENCE
GET REAL EXPERIENCE
PREPARING FOR LIFE AFTER COLLEGE
  • Conduct an informational interview or shadow someone in a field of career interest.
  • Create a draft of your personal statement and meet with a Career or Academic Advisor to have it reviewed. Learn how to market yourself on this document and with an elevator speech!

Experience
MAXIMIZE COURSE AND DEGREE PLANNING
  • Apply to the Clinical Laboratory Sciences program by the March 15th deadline! Discuss all components of the application with your advisor.
  • Go to your professors’ “Office Hours” to discuss research interests, picking classes in your major, and strategies for success in your degree program.
GET CONNECTED WITH YOUR COMMUNITY
BUILD CULTURAL COMPETENCE
GET REAL EXPERIENCE
PREPARING FOR LIFE AFTER COLLEGE

Excel
MAXIMIZE COURSE AND DEGREE PLANNING
  • Make sure you complete a minimum of 60 credit hours for entrance into the program. Reference the Pre-Clinical Laboratory Sciences Bulletin for all requirements.
  • Obtain a passing grade in all courses, with no more than one course grade of D.
GET CONNECTED WITH YOUR COMMUNITY
BUILD CULTURAL COMPETENCE
GET REAL EXPERIENCE
PREPARING FOR LIFE AFTER COLLEGE
  • Make a list of your skills and prepare to articulate them to the Clinical Laboratory Sciences Department on a resume and in an interview.
  • Have your application reviewed and participate in a mock interview at VCU Career Services.
Visit majormaps.vcu.edu for the online version with links.
Sponsored by the Office of the Provost
Major map compass icon
2019-2020

Pre-clinical laboratory sciences

College of Humanities and Sciences

Concentration(s):
No concentration
MAXIMIZE COURSE AND DEGREE PLANNING GET CONNECTED WITH YOUR COMMUNITY BUILD CULTURAL COMPETENCE GET REAL EXPERIENCE PREPARING FOR LIFE AFTER COLLEGE
Explore Semester 1
  • Schedule an appointment with your academic advisor to review your CSI self-report, start goal planning for your first year, and to discuss tutoring, course electives, and degree progression.
  • Go to a Lunch & Learn Workshop with Pre-Health Advising to learn more about the program and meet students and faculty in the department.
Experience Semester 2
  • Conduct an informational interview or shadow someone in a field of career interest.
  • Create a draft of your personal statement and meet with a Career or Academic Advisor to have it reviewed. Learn how to market yourself on this document and with an elevator speech!
Semester 3
  • Apply to the Clinical Laboratory Sciences program by the March 15th deadline! Discuss all components of the application with your advisor.
  • Go to your professors’ “Office Hours” to discuss research interests, picking classes in your major, and strategies for success in your degree program.
Excel Semester 4
  • Make sure you complete a minimum of 60 credit hours for entrance into the program. Reference the Pre-Clinical Laboratory Sciences Bulletin for all requirements.
  • Obtain a passing grade in all courses, with no more than one course grade of D.
  • Make a list of your skills and prepare to articulate them to the Clinical Laboratory Sciences Department on a resume and in an interview.
  • Have your application reviewed and participate in a mock interview at VCU Career Services.