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2018-2019

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 School of Allied Health Professions. Applications to the program are normally submitted in spring of the sophomore year. Students apply to the baccalaureate program through Undergraduate Admissions in the spring of the year preceding entrance. For example, if a student is planning to start the program in fall of 2018, they would begin the admissions process at the start of the spring semester of 2018. All prerequisite coursework should be completed by the summer of the year of desired admission. For example, if a student plans on entering the program in fall of 2018, the course work must be completed by the summer of 2018 (before entrance).

Completion of the pre-health major in clinical laboratory sciences does not guarantee admission to the junior- and senior-year program for 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 and clinical laboratory technicians (medical technologists and medical laboratory technicians) perform lab tests to detect, diagnose 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 chemical analysis of body fluids, such as blood or urine, using microscope or automatic analyzer to detect abnormalities or diseases and enter findings into computer.
  • Analyze the results of tests or experiments to ensure conformity to specifications, 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 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
  • Histotechnologist and histologic technician
  • Medical and clinical laboratory technician
  • Medical and clinical laboratory technologist
  • Microbiologist
  • Molecular and cellular biologist
  • Occupational health and safety technician
  • Quality control analyst
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 each semester 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
  • Register to vote and vote in Virginia.
  • Explore Richmond, including its museums, parks, festivals, and cultural events, and learn about its history and health inequity.
  • Apply to live in the ASPiRE, Globe, INNOVATE, or LEAD Living & Learning Programs.
  • Get involved through the VCU Student Government Association (SGA) or one of over 450 clubs and organizations on campus.
BUILD CULTURAL COMPETENCE
  • Learn about your study abroad options by visiting a study abroad fair and attending a First Advising Session in the Global Education Office.
  • Review the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs website for programs, events, and resources.
GET REAL EXPERIENCE
  • Explore “What Can I Do With This Major” to learn about employers and job titles in your field.
  • Complete your Handshake profile and opt-in to industry email lists to learn about opportunities.
PREPARING FOR LIFE AFTER COLLEGE
  • Complete a “Gap Analysis” Strategic Plan with your academic or career advisor.
  • Explore Career Pathways for Healthcare on Career Services’ website.
  • Build your LinkedIn profile with Career Services.

Experience
MAXIMIZE COURSE AND DEGREE PLANNING
  • Make sure you are registered for or have already taken CHEM 101 & CHEZ 101, MATH 151, and CLLS 201, Introduction to Clinical Laboratory Sciences.
  • Explore admission requirements for other Clinical Laboratory Sciences programs throughout Virginia.
GET CONNECTED WITH YOUR COMMUNITY
  • Volunteer in the community to address a social issue (ConnectVA & HandsOnRVA), such as with the American Red Cross or Red Cross Club at VCU.  
  • Take service-learning classes.
  • Explore peer leadership opportunities on campus such as becoming a Resident Assistant, Orientation Leader, or Supplemental Instruction Leader.
BUILD CULTURAL COMPETENCE
  • Review your major’s study abroad advising sheet and the list of courses other students have taken on study abroad programs to help you find a program that will work for you.
  • Get to know other VCU students from all over the world at a monthly Global Café!
GET REAL EXPERIENCE
  • Create a draft of your resume and have it reviewed in drop-ins at VCU Career Services.
  • Apply to the Allied Health Career Exploration program by the April deadline to participate!
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 April 1st 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
  • Consider leadership in an organization that supports work you care about.
  • Create and complete a community-engaged research project.
  • Attend civic meetings, such as school board, neighborhood associations, city council, or state legislative sessions.
  • Apply for I-LEAD Connect, Alternative Spring Break, and other leadership and service events through University Student Commons and Activities.
BUILD CULTURAL COMPETENCE
  • Minority students interested in professional health sciences should apply to participate in the Summer Academic Enrichment Program.
  • Consider becoming a diversity ambassador with the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs.
  • Apply for a Fulbright or other post-graduate international fellowship program through VCU’s National Scholarship Office
GET REAL EXPERIENCE
  • Apply to do Undergraduate Research through UROP, VCU Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program.
  • Go to an Open House for Clinical Laboratory Sciences and meet people in the department.
PREPARING FOR LIFE AFTER COLLEGE
  • Learn how to cope with stress and adapt to a fast-paced, changing work environment by utilizing VCU’s Artfulness and Mindfulness resources.
  • Understand your interests and career goals by taking an assessment with VCU Career Services, such as the Strong Interest Inventory - free of charge!

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
  • Serve in a leadership role or as a board member of a local community organization.
  • Consider applying for a year-long service opportunity after graduation through programs like VCU AmeriCorps, Literacy Lab, Peace Corps, Fulbright Student Scholars, Teach for America and City Year.
  • Participate in VCU Arts Qatar Day and apply for the Qatar Leadership Exchange.
  • Attend a Wellness Resource Center program.
  • Challenge yourself through a Group Exercise class or an Outdoor Adventure Program trip or activity.
BUILD CULTURAL COMPETENCE
  • Present at the Diversity Scholars in Research Week (DSRW).
  • Experience VCU’s richness of diversity by attending VCU’s annual Intercultural Festival.
GET REAL EXPERIENCE
  • Join the American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science (ASCLS) as a student member.
  • Go to a professional conference, such as ASCLS. 
  • Consider applying to VCU’s Lab Skills Bootcamp.
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
2018-2019

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 each semester 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.
  • Explore “What Can I Do With This Major” to learn about employers and job titles in your field.
  • Complete your Handshake profile and opt-in to industry email lists to learn about opportunities.
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 April 1st 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