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2021-2022

Clinical Laboratory Sciences (degree completion program), Bachelor of Science

VCU

Community college:
Associate of Applied Science: Medical Laboratory Technology (College of Southern Maryland)
College of Southern Maryland
College of Southern Maryland
Program description

The Department of Medical Laboratory Sciences (CLS) at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) offers a course of study for certified MLTs leading to the Bachelor of Science degree in Clinical Laboratory Sciences. MLTs, who hold an associate degree in medical laboratory technology from the College of Southern Maryland and are actively certified as medical laboratory technicians, may be granted credit in the undergraduate CLS program for upper-level course requirements through challenge examinations or exemptions based on documented competencies in required laboratory skills. In addition, students who meet the exemption eligibility requirements for the junior level laboratory portions of the curriculum may take the didactic courses online. Both full-time and part-time students are accepted into the program. The degree completion program, including prerequisite courses, requires a total of 125 semester credits, which are earned through course enrollment at VCU, transfer credit, and credits based on documented competencies.

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 moderate and highly complex 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.

Bachelor-level job titles
  • Biomedical Laboratory Officer
  • Clinical Laboratory Scientist
  • Medical Laboratory Scientist
  • Medical Technologist
  • Occupational Health and Safety Technologist
  • Quality Control Analyst
  • Research and Development Scientist
  • Sales or Technical Representative
Graduate and professional level job titles
  • Laboratory Manager/Supervisor
  • Lead Scientist
  • Molecular and Cellular Biologist
  • Teaching and Research Faculty
Contact information

 

VCU Transfer Center

Telephone: (804) 827-1349

Email: transferinfo@vcu.edu

Transfer Advising Request


Office of Admissions

Telephone: (804) 828-1222 or (800) 841-3638

Email: ugrad@vcu.edu


Guaranteed transfer admission requirements

Review Baccalaureate Degree Completion Guidelines

Completion of associate degree (A.A.S. in Medical Laboratory Technology)

Minimum GPA of 2.0

Complete all general education and science prerequisite courses with a minimum grade of "C.

Submit documentation of active MLT national certification.

Degree requirements in Bulletin
Plan of study 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+ cumulative GPA to apply, 2.0+ cumulative GPA to progress

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Clinical Laboratory Sciences (degree completion program), Bachelor of Science

College of Southern Maryland (Associate of Applied Science: Medical Laboratory Technology)

MAXIMIZE COURSE AND DEGREE PLANNING GET CONNECTED WITH YOUR COMMUNITY BUILD CULTURAL COMPETENCE GET REAL EXPERIENCE PREPARING FOR LIFE AFTER COLLEGE
Explore Year 1
  • Attend cultural events at community college and/or VCU and celebrate diversity.
  • Attend VCU’s annual Intercultural Festival or another community intercultural event.
  • Browse careers related to clinical laboratory sciences through the Career Coach.
  • Explore the community college’s Focus 2 Career resource to look into building a career and financial future.
  • Build a LinkedIn profile.
  • Familiarize yourself with the Career Services offered at Community College and VCU and explore Career Pathways on the VCU website.
  • Take a career assessment through the Career Coach.
  • Assess your preparation for a career by completing a Gap Analysis.
  • Practice independent living skills (such as money management, self-care, time management, and personal responsibility).
Experience Year 2
  • Review VCU MLT Guidelines.
  • Visit the VCU campus and attend a transfer admission session.
  • Research housing for next year.
  • Attend VCU cultural events, including the monthly Global Café, VCU Diversity Scholars in Research week, or clinical lab-related events.
  • Consider learning a foreign language to open doors to international organizations and future study.
  • Learn about short-term, semester and year-long study abroad options.
  • Become familiar with OMSA at VCU.
  • Create a draft resume and bring it to career services advisor or workshop for review.
  • Plan to complete at least two internships (job experiences) before your senior year of college.
  • Attend Career & Internship Fairs at community college to explore your interests.
  • Find out about VCU REAL and learn about REAL graduation requirement.
  • Use the cost calculator to estimate your tuition/fees as an upperclassman at VCU.
  • Consider who you would like to have serve as professional and academic references for future letters of recommendation.
  • Using LinkedIn, connect to at least 10 people. Check out the VCU alumni page in My Network.
  • Conduct informational interviews or shadow someone in a field of career interest.
  • Take advantage of free Financial Aid counseling.
  • Explore the types of aid available at VCU.

Explore
MAXIMIZE COURSE AND DEGREE PLANNING
GET CONNECTED WITH YOUR COMMUNITY
BUILD CULTURAL COMPETENCE
  • Attend cultural events at community college and/or VCU and celebrate diversity.
  • Attend VCU’s annual Intercultural Festival or another community intercultural event.
GET REAL EXPERIENCE
  • Browse careers related to clinical laboratory sciences through the Career Coach.
  • Explore the community college’s Focus 2 Career resource to look into building a career and financial future.
  • Build a LinkedIn profile.
PREPARING FOR LIFE AFTER COLLEGE
  • Familiarize yourself with the Career Services offered at Community College and VCU and explore Career Pathways on the VCU website.
  • Take a career assessment through the Career Coach.
  • Assess your preparation for a career by completing a Gap Analysis.
  • Practice independent living skills (such as money management, self-care, time management, and personal responsibility).

Experience
MAXIMIZE COURSE AND DEGREE PLANNING
GET CONNECTED WITH YOUR COMMUNITY
  • Review VCU MLT Guidelines.
  • Visit the VCU campus and attend a transfer admission session.
  • Research housing for next year.
BUILD CULTURAL COMPETENCE
  • Attend VCU cultural events, including the monthly Global Café, VCU Diversity Scholars in Research week, or clinical lab-related events.
  • Consider learning a foreign language to open doors to international organizations and future study.
  • Learn about short-term, semester and year-long study abroad options.
  • Become familiar with OMSA at VCU.
GET REAL EXPERIENCE
  • Create a draft resume and bring it to career services advisor or workshop for review.
  • Plan to complete at least two internships (job experiences) before your senior year of college.
  • Attend Career & Internship Fairs at community college to explore your interests.
  • Find out about VCU REAL and learn about REAL graduation requirement.
PREPARING FOR LIFE AFTER COLLEGE
  • Use the cost calculator to estimate your tuition/fees as an upperclassman at VCU.
  • Consider who you would like to have serve as professional and academic references for future letters of recommendation.
  • Using LinkedIn, connect to at least 10 people. Check out the VCU alumni page in My Network.
  • Conduct informational interviews or shadow someone in a field of career interest.
  • Take advantage of free Financial Aid counseling.
  • Explore the types of aid available at VCU.

Course equivalent
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2021-2022

Clinical Laboratory Sciences (degree completion program), Bachelor of Science

College of Southern Maryland (Associate of Applied Science: Medical Laboratory Technology)

College of Southern Maryland courses
Course Title Equivalent course Credits Requirements
AAS in Medical Laboratory Technology requirements
MLT 1012 Intro. To Clinical Laboratory Science 1 Major
MLT 1012L Intro. To Clinical Laboratory Science Lab 1 Major
ENG 1010 Composition and Rhetoric Note: students with credit for AP English Language and Composition will only receive credit for UNIV 111 at VCU and should take ENG 1020 to fulfill the VCU composition requirement. UNIV 111-112 3 General education (admission prerequisite)
BIO 1060 Principles of Biology I BIOL 151 3 Major (admission prerequisite)
BIO 1060L Principles of Biology I Lab BIOZ 151 1 Major (admission prerequisite)
MTH 1120 College Algebra MATH 141 3 General education (admission prerequisite)
BIO 2010 Microbiology BIOL 209 3 Major (admission prerequisite)
BIO 2010L Microbiology Lab BIOZ 209 1 Major (admission prerequisite)
MLT 1042 Hematology 3 Major
MLT 1042L Hematology Lab 2 Major
MLT 1060 Immunohematology 3 Major
MLT 1060L Immunohematology Lab 2 Major
MLT 1080 Clinical Microbiology 3 Major
MLT 1080L Clinical Microbiology Lab 2 Major
MLT 1022 Urinalysis and Body Fluids 2 Major
MLT 1022L Urinalysis and Body Fluids 1 Major
CHE 1050 Introductory Chemistry CHEM 100 3 Elective
MLT 2013 Clinical Biochemistry 3 Major
MLT 2013L Clinical Biochemistry Lab 1 Major
MLT 2015 Clinical Practice I 5 Major
BIO 1040 Introduction to Human Anatomy & Physiology BIOL 201 3 Major (admission prerequisite)
BIO 1040L Introduction to Human Anatomy & Physiology Lab BIOZ 201 1 Major (admission prerequisite)
Social/behavioral sciences Select from POL 1010, PSY 1010, SOC 1010 VCU equivalent 3 General education (admission prerequisite)
MLT 2018 Mycology, Parasitology, & Virology 2 Major
MLT 2018L Mycology, Parasitology, & Virology Lab 2 Major
MLT 2020 Clinical Practice II 5 Major
Communications Communications (select from COM 1010, COM 1250, COM 1350) SPCH 121 3 General education (admission prerequisite)
Credits completed for AAS degree 65
Additional Admission Prerequisites
ENG 1020 Composition & Rhetoric UNIV 200 3 General education (admission prerequisite)
CHE 1200 General Chemistry I CHEM 101 3 Major (admission prerequisite)
CHE 1200L General Chemistry I Lab CHEZ 101 1 Major (admission prerequisite)
CHE 1210 General Chemistry II CHEM 102 3 Major (admission prerequisite)
CHE 1210L General Chemistry II Lab CHEZ 102 1 Major (admission prerequisite)
CHE 2200 Organic Chemistry I CHEM 301 3 Major (admission prerequisite)
CHE 2200L Organic Chemistry I Lab CHEZ 301 1 Major (admission prerequisite)
MTH 1150 Precalculus Algebra & Trig. MATH 151 4 Major (admission prerequisite)
Total additional credits 19
VCU will award proficiency credits to students admitted to the program after completion of the AAS degree. The total number of proficiency credits awarded to students for upper-level course requirements will be determined by VCU after transfer through challenge examinations or exemptions based on documented competencies in required laboratory skills.
VCU courses
Course Title Credits Requirements
CLLS 301 Hematology (students will be eligible for 1.5 proficiency credits for this course) 2 to 3.5 Major
CLLS 302 Abnormal Hematology 4 Major
CLLS 304 Urine and Body Fluid Analysis (students will be eligible for .5 proficiency credits for this course) 1.5 to 2 Major
CLLS 306 Immunohematology (students will be eligible for 2 proficiency credits for this course) 2.5 to 4.5 Major
CLLS 307 Introduction to Pathogenic Microbiology 3 Major
CLLS 308 Pathogenic Bacteriology (students will be eligible for 2 proficiency credits for this course) 3 to 5 Major
CLLS 310 Clinical Immunology (students will be eligible for 1 proficiency credit for this course) 3.5 to 4.5 Major
CLLS 311 Clinical Chemistry and Instrumentation I (students will be eligible for 2 proficiency credits for this course) 3 to 5 Major
CLLS 312 Clinical Chemistry and Instrumentation II (students will be eligible for 1 proficiency credit for this course) 4 to 5 Major
CLLS 337 Clinical Education (students will be eligible for 1 proficiency credit for this course) 0 to 1 Major
CLLS 407 Interpretive Immunohematology 2.5 Major
CLLS 408 Advanced Microbiology 2 Major
CLLS 409 Interpretive Hematology 2 Major
CLLS 410 Advanced Clinical Chemistry and Instrumentation 2 Major
CLLS 411 Principles of Education/Management 3 Major
CLLS 412 Senior Seminar 1 Major
CLLS 483 Biochemistry Practicum (students will be eligible for 3 proficiency credits for this course) 0 to 3 Major
CLLS 485 Hematology Practicum (students will be eligible for 3 proficiency credits for this course) 0 to 3 Major
CLLS 493 Clinical Microbiology Practicum (students will be eligible for 3 proficiency credits for this course) 0 to 3 Major
CLLS 494 Miscellaneous Clinical Practicum (students will be eligible for 3 proficiency credits for this course) 0 to 3 Major
CLLS 496 Blood Bank Practicum (students will be eligible for 3 proficiency credits for this course) 0 to 3 Major
CLLS 438 Research Paper 1 Elective
Credits completed at VCU 40 to 66
Minimum number of credits required for bachelor's degree 125