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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 (G3 program) (Northern Virginia Community College)
Northern Virginia Community College
Northern Virginia Community College
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 technology from Reynolds Community College 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 from other institutions of higher education, and credits based on documented competencies.

Career opportunities

Medical laboratory scientists and medical technologists perform laboratory testing in various settings to diagnose, monitor and treat diseases. Most medical 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 medical 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

Northern Virginia Community College (Associate of Applied Science: Medical Laboratory Technology (G3 program))

MAXIMIZE COURSE AND DEGREE PLANNING GET CONNECTED WITH YOUR COMMUNITY BUILD CULTURAL COMPETENCE GET REAL EXPERIENCE PREPARING FOR LIFE AFTER COLLEGE
Explore Year 1
  • Be prepared for academic challenges in your classes. Use tutoring resources to get ahead.
  • Register for SDV 100 or SDV 101.
  • Meet with your academic advisor or counselor each semester.
  • Use Navigate to connect with your advisor and create a program plan.
  • Review admission requirements for the degree completion program in the VCU MLT Guidelines.
  • Check on G3 funding for your AAS program.
  • Attend diversity-focused events at NOVA and/or VCU and celebrate diversity.
  • Attend VCU's annual intercultural Festival or another community intercultural event.
  • Browse careers related to CLS through the NOVA career planning system.
  • Explore the community college’s iGrad’s Job Genius Search Engine to look into building a career and financial future.
  • Build a LinkedIn profile.
Experience Year 2
  • Meet with your academic advisor or counselor.
  • Be prepared for academic challenges in your classes. Use tutoring resources to get ahead.
  • Research scholarship opportunities and explore your eligibility for the Two-Year College Transfer Grant.
  • Use Navigate to remain on your pathway.
  • Review curriculum requirements for the degree completion program in the VCU MLT Guidelines.
  • Learn about short-term, semester and year-long study abroad options at VCU.
  • Attend diversity-focused events on campus and in your community (i.e. international festival).
  • Attend VCU cultural events, including the monthly Global Café, VCU Diversity Scholars in Research week, or CHP-related events.
  • Become familiar with OMSA at VCU.
  • Find out about VCU REAL and learn about the REAL graduation requirement.
  • Speak with employers that visit campus throughout the year.
  • Create a resume.
  • Attend Career & Internship Fairs at community college or VCU to explore your interests.
  • Conduct informational interviews or shadow someone in a field of career interest.
  • Using LinkedIn, connect to at least 10 people. Check out the VCU alumni page in My Network.
  • Consider who you would like to have serve as professional and academic references for future letters of recommendation.
  • Use the cost calculator to estimate your tuition/fees as an upperclassman at VCU.
  • Explore the types of aid available at VCU.

Explore
MAXIMIZE COURSE AND DEGREE PLANNING
  • Be prepared for academic challenges in your classes. Use tutoring resources to get ahead.
  • Register for SDV 100 or SDV 101.
  • Meet with your academic advisor or counselor each semester.
  • Use Navigate to connect with your advisor and create a program plan.
  • Review admission requirements for the degree completion program in the VCU MLT Guidelines.
  • Check on G3 funding for your AAS program.
GET CONNECTED WITH YOUR COMMUNITY
BUILD CULTURAL COMPETENCE
  • Attend diversity-focused events at NOVA and/or VCU and celebrate diversity.
  • Attend VCU's annual intercultural Festival or another community intercultural event.
GET REAL EXPERIENCE
  • Browse careers related to CLS through the NOVA career planning system.
  • Explore the community college’s iGrad’s Job Genius Search Engine to look into building a career and financial future.
  • Build a LinkedIn profile.
PREPARING FOR LIFE AFTER COLLEGE

Experience
MAXIMIZE COURSE AND DEGREE PLANNING
  • Meet with your academic advisor or counselor.
  • Be prepared for academic challenges in your classes. Use tutoring resources to get ahead.
  • Research scholarship opportunities and explore your eligibility for the Two-Year College Transfer Grant.
  • Use Navigate to remain on your pathway.
  • Review curriculum requirements for the degree completion program in the VCU MLT Guidelines.
GET CONNECTED WITH YOUR COMMUNITY
BUILD CULTURAL COMPETENCE
  • Learn about short-term, semester and year-long study abroad options at VCU.
  • Attend diversity-focused events on campus and in your community (i.e. international festival).
  • Attend VCU cultural events, including the monthly Global Café, VCU Diversity Scholars in Research week, or CHP-related events.
  • Become familiar with OMSA at VCU.
GET REAL EXPERIENCE
  • Find out about VCU REAL and learn about the REAL graduation requirement.
  • Speak with employers that visit campus throughout the year.
  • Create a resume.
  • Attend Career & Internship Fairs at community college or VCU to explore your interests.
PREPARING FOR LIFE AFTER COLLEGE
  • Conduct informational interviews or shadow someone in a field of career interest.
  • Using LinkedIn, connect to at least 10 people. Check out the VCU alumni page in My Network.
  • Consider who you would like to have serve as professional and academic references for future letters of recommendation.
  • Use the cost calculator to estimate your tuition/fees as an upperclassman at VCU.
  • 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

Northern Virginia Community College (Associate of Applied Science: Medical Laboratory Technology (G3 program))

Northern Virginia Community College courses
Course Title Equivalent course Credits Requirements
A.A.S. in Medical Laboratory Technology requirements
SDV 100 or 101 College Success Skills UNIV 101 1 Elective
BIO 141 Human Anatomy and Physiology I (both BIO 141 and BIO 142 must be taken to receive credit for the VCU equivalents) BIOL 205 + PHIS/Z 206 4 Major (Admission Prerequisite-Biology)
CHM 111 General Chemistry I CHEM/Z 101 4 Major (Admission Prerequisite-Chemistry)
ENG 111 College Composition I Note: students with credit for AP English Language and Composition will only receive credit for UNIV 111 at VCU and should take ENG 112 to fulfill the VCU composition requirement. UNIV 111-112 3 General education (Admission Prerequisite-Writing)
BIO 142 Human Anatomy and Physiology II (both BIO 141 and BIO 142 must be taken to receive credit for the VCU equivalents) BIOL 205 + PHIS/Z 206 4 Major (Admission Prerequisite-Biology)
CST/ENG ENG 112 English Composition II (request substitute for NOVA's CST requirement) UNIV 200 3 General education (Admission Prerequisite-Writing)
MDL 101 Introduction to Medical Laboratory Techniques 3 Major
MDL 125 Clinical Hematology I 3 Major
MDL 140 Clinical Urinalysis 2 Major
MDL 130 Basic Clinical Microbiology 3 Major
MDL 215 Immunology 2 Major
MDL 225 Clinical Hematology II 3 Major
MDL 260 Laboratory Instrumentation I 2 Major
MDL 263 Clinical Chemistry and Instrumentation III 3 Major
MDL 266 Clinical Chemistry Techniques 3 Major
MDL 276 Clinical Hematology Techniques 3 Major
MDL 216 Blood Banking 4 Major
MDL 243 Introduction to Clinical Molecular Diagnostics 2 Major
MDL 251 Clinical Microbiology I 3 Major
Social/Behavioral Social/Behavioral (select from courses in anthropology, economics, geography, psychology, sociology or social sciences) VCU equivalent 3 General education
Humanities Humanities/Fine Arts (select from courses in history, philosophy, political science, religion, foreign languages, literature, or art history/arts) VCU equivalent 3 General education
MDL 277 Clinical Blood Banking Techniques 4 Major
MDL 278 Clinical Microbiology Techniques II 4 Major
MDL 281 Clinical Correlations 1 Major
Credits completed for AAS degree 70
Additional math and science prerequisites
MTH 161 Precalculus I MATH 141 3 General education (Admission Prerequisite-Mathematics)
Biology Select an additional 4 credits of Biology (e.g., BIO 101) BIOL/Z 4 Major (Admission Prerequisite-Biology)
CHM 112 General Chemistry II CHEM/Z 102 4 Major (Admission Prerequisite-Chemistry)
CHM 241 Organic Chemistry I CHEM 301 3 Major (Admission Prerequisite-Chemistry)
CHM 243 Organic Chemistry I Lab CHEZ 301 1 Major (Admission Prerequisite-Chemistry)
Total additional credits 15
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