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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) (Tidewater Community College)
Tidewater Community College
Tidewater Community College
Program description

Medical laboratory scientists’ critical role on the health care delivery team is to provide physicians laboratory data, essential information for making decisions related to diagnoses and treatment. Due to emerging technologies and knowledge of the human condition, the profession of medical laboratory sciences is forever challenging and rewarding.  The shortage of clinical laboratory scientists in the workforce has ensured job opportunities for graduates and plentiful student scholarship offerings.


The program includes classroom, laboratory, and hands-on experiences. Students participate in multiple full-time clinical laboratory rotations at facilities including VCU Health, Central Virginia VA Health Care system, University of Virginia Health System, Bon Secours Health Partners Laboratory, and more.

 

Medical laboratory scientists receive training in the following areas: clinical chemistry, the study of chemical reactions that occur in normal and diseased processes; hematology, the study of the cellular elements of the blood and blood-forming tissues and hemostatic mechanism; urine and body fluids analysis, the study of principles and practices of urinalysis, kidney function, and analyses of cerebrospinal fluid and other body fluids; microbiology, the study of microbiological aspects of infectious disease and the isolation and identification of pathogenic bacteria; immunohematology, the application of theory and principles of blood banking, cell typing, compatibility testing and antibody identification; and immunology, the study of the immune system and the serological and molecular techniques used for diagnosing infectious disease. 

 

Upon graduation students are eligible to take the national examination for medical laboratory scientists given by the Board of Certification of the American Society for Clinical Pathology.

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

Tidewater 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
  • Attend New Student Orientation.
  • Register for SDV 101.
  • Use Navigate to schedule an appointment with your advisor.
  • Be prepared for academic challenges in your classes. Use tutoring resources to get ahead.
  • Check on G3 funding for your AAS program.
  • Review admission requirements for the degree completion program in the VCU MLT Guidelines.
  • 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 Virginia Wizard.
  • Explore the community college’s iGrad’s Job Genius Search Engine 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.
  • Practice independent living skills (such as money management, self-care, time management, and personal responsibility).
  • Take a career assessment through the Virginia Wizard.
  • Assess your preparation for a career by completing a Gap Analysis.
Experience Year 2
  • Research scholarship opportunities and explore your eligibility for the Two-Year College Transfer Grant.
  • Be prepared for academic challenges in your classes. Use tutoring resources to get ahead.
  • Meet with your academic advisor.
  • Review curriculum requirements for the degree completion program in the VCU MLT Guidelines.
  • Consider learning a foreign language to open doors to international organizations and future study.
  • Attend VCU cultural events, including the monthly Global Café, VCU Diversity Scholars in Research week, or other university-related events.
  • Become familiar with OMSA at VCU.
  • Acquire career related experience (e.g., job, internship, organization involvement).
  • Create a draft resume and bring it to career services advisor or workshop for review.
  • Find out about VCU REAL and learn about REAL graduation requirement.
  • 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.
  • Take advantage of free Financial Aid counseling.
  • Explore the types of aid available at VCU.

Explore
MAXIMIZE COURSE AND DEGREE PLANNING
  • Attend New Student Orientation.
  • Register for SDV 101.
  • Use Navigate to schedule an appointment with your advisor.
  • Be prepared for academic challenges in your classes. Use tutoring resources to get ahead.
  • Check on G3 funding for your AAS program.
  • Review admission requirements for the degree completion program in the VCU MLT Guidelines.
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 Virginia Wizard.
  • 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
  • Familiarize yourself with the Career Services offered at Community College and VCU and explore Career Pathways on the VCU website.
  • Practice independent living skills (such as money management, self-care, time management, and personal responsibility).
  • Take a career assessment through the Virginia Wizard.
  • Assess your preparation for a career by completing a Gap Analysis.

Experience
MAXIMIZE COURSE AND DEGREE PLANNING
  • Research scholarship opportunities and explore your eligibility for the Two-Year College Transfer Grant.
  • Be prepared for academic challenges in your classes. Use tutoring resources to get ahead.
  • Meet with your academic advisor.
  • Review curriculum requirements for the degree completion program in the VCU MLT Guidelines.
GET CONNECTED WITH YOUR COMMUNITY
BUILD CULTURAL COMPETENCE
  • Consider learning a foreign language to open doors to international organizations and future study.
  • Attend VCU cultural events, including the monthly Global Café, VCU Diversity Scholars in Research week, or other university-related events.
  • Become familiar with OMSA at VCU.
GET REAL EXPERIENCE
  • Acquire career related experience (e.g., job, internship, organization involvement).
  • Create a draft resume and bring it to career services advisor or workshop for review.
  • Find out about VCU REAL and learn about REAL graduation requirement.
  • 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.
  • 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

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

Tidewater Community College courses
Course Title Equivalent course Credits Requirements
A.A.S. in Medical Laboratory Technology requirements
BIO 101 General Biology I BIOL/Z 151 4 Major (Admission Prerequisite-Biology)
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)
Humanities Select any approved humanities elective VCU equivalent 3 General education
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)
MTH 161 Precalculus I MATH 141 3 General education (Admission Prerequisite-Mathematics)
SDV 101 Orientation to Healthcare UNIV 101 1 Elective
CHM 111 General Chemistry I CHEM/Z 101 4 Major (Admission Prerequisite-Chemistry)
HLT 105 Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation HPEX 1XX 1 Elective
MDL 101 Introduction to Medical Laboratory Techniques 3 Major
MDL 125 Clinical Hematology I 3 Major
MDL 210 Immunology and Serology 2 Major
MDL 251 Clinical Microbiology I 3 Major
MDL 261 Clinical Chemistry and Instrumentation I 4 Major
MDL 190 Coordinated Internship 1 Major
MDL 216 Blood Banking 3 Major
MDL 225 Clinical Hematology II 3 Major
MDL 252 Clinical Microbiology II 2 Major
MDL 265 Advanced Clinical Chemistry 2 Major
Social Science Select from courses in anthropology, economics, geography, psychology, sociology or social sciences VCU equivalent 3 General education
MDL 266 Clinical Chemistry Techniques 3 Major
MDL 276 Clinical Hematology Techniques 3 Major
MDL 277 Clinical Blood Banking Techniques 4 Major
MDL 278 Clinical Microbiology Techniques II 4 Major
MDL 298 Seminar and Project 1 Major
Credits completed for AAS degree 67
Additional science prerequisites
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)
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 245 Organic Chemistry I Lab CHEZ 301 2 Major (Admission Prerequisite-Chemistry)
Total additional credits 13
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 Major
Credits completed at VCU 40 to 66
Minimum number of credits required for bachelor's degree 125