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2020-2021

Bachelor of Science: Clinical Laboratory Science

VCU

Community college:
Associate of Science: Health Sciences (John Tyler Community College)
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Program description

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. With the rapid advancement of knowledge in the field of laboratory medicine, there is a growing need for highly skilled and knowledgeable clinical laboratory scientists. Employment is found in hospitals; physicians’ offices; research facilities; molecular diagnostics, biotechnology and public health laboratories; industrial quality control; veterinary clinics; and sales and service of health care equipment. In addition to the technical arena, opportunities as managers or consultants exist for graduates of this program.

Upon graduation the student is eligible to take the national examination for medical laboratory science given by the Board of Certification of the American Society for Clinical Pathology.

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.

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
Contact information

 

VCU Transfer Center

Telephone: (804) 827-1349

Email: transferinfo@vcu.edu

If you would like to meet with a Transfer Center advisor,please fill out our online advising request form.

Please sign-up for this Transfer Map by completing the Letter of Interest.

Guaranteed transfer admission requirements

Completion of associate degree
Minimum GPA of 3.0
All courses must be completed with a grade of "C" or better

Receive a satisfactory rating on the admission interview.

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

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Bachelor of Science: Clinical Laboratory Science

John Tyler Community College (Associate of Science: Health Sciences)

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ExploreYear 1
  • Attend Tyler Orientation.
  • Log into Navigate and view its features to help you on your pathway.
  • Register for SDV course.
  • Be prepared for academic challenges in your classes. Visit the Academic Resource Center on either campus.
  • Schedule an appointment with your academic advisor each semester and cultivate relationships with your professors.
  • Review CLS Admission Requirements.
  • Attend diversity-focused events on campus or in your community.
  • Identify a mentor in a diversity organization.
  • Create LinkedIn profile.
  • Get involved with a student or professional organization.
  • Explore the community college’s iGrad Job Genius Search Engine to look into building a career and financial future.
  • Visit career services to begin cultivating your own virtual brand across all social media profiles.
  • Browse careers related to Clinical Laboratory Sciences through the career coach.
ExperienceYear 2
  • Learn about short-term, semester and year-long study abroad options.
  • 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.
  • Find out about VCU REAL.
  • Attend Career & Internship Fairs throughout the year.
  • Acquire career related experience (e.g., job, internship, organization involvement).
  • Run for leadership in your student organization.
  • Use the cost calculator to estimate your tuition/fees as an upperclassman at VCU.
  • Take advantage of free Financial Aid counseling.
  • Conduct informational interviews or shadow someone in a field of career interest.
  • Consider who you would like to have serve as professional and academic references for future letters of recommendation.

Explore
MAXIMIZE COURSE AND DEGREE PLANNING
  • Attend Tyler Orientation.
  • Log into Navigate and view its features to help you on your pathway.
  • Register for SDV course.
  • Be prepared for academic challenges in your classes. Visit the Academic Resource Center on either campus.
  • Schedule an appointment with your academic advisor each semester and cultivate relationships with your professors.
  • Review CLS Admission Requirements.
GET CONNECTED WITH YOUR COMMUNITY
BUILD CULTURAL COMPETENCE
  • Attend diversity-focused events on campus or in your community.
  • Identify a mentor in a diversity organization.
GET REAL EXPERIENCE
  • Create LinkedIn profile.
  • Get involved with a student or professional organization.
  • Explore the community college’s iGrad Job Genius Search Engine to look into building a career and financial future.
  • Visit career services to begin cultivating your own virtual brand across all social media profiles.
  • Browse careers related to Clinical Laboratory Sciences through the career coach.
PREPARING FOR LIFE AFTER COLLEGE

Experience
MAXIMIZE COURSE AND DEGREE PLANNING
GET CONNECTED WITH YOUR COMMUNITY
BUILD CULTURAL COMPETENCE
  • Learn about short-term, semester and year-long study abroad options.
  • 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.
GET REAL EXPERIENCE
  • Find out about VCU REAL.
  • Attend Career & Internship Fairs throughout the year.
  • Acquire career related experience (e.g., job, internship, organization involvement).
  • Run for leadership in your student organization.
PREPARING FOR LIFE AFTER COLLEGE
  • Use the cost calculator to estimate your tuition/fees as an upperclassman at VCU.
  • Take advantage of free Financial Aid counseling.
  • Conduct informational interviews or shadow someone in a field of career interest.
  • Consider who you would like to have serve as professional and academic references for future letters of recommendation.

Course equivalent
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2020-2021

Bachelor of Science: Clinical Laboratory Science

John Tyler Community College (Associate of Science: Health Sciences)

John Tyler Community College courses
CourseTitleEquivalent courseCreditsRequirements
SDV 100 or SDV 101College Success Skills/Orientation to DisciplineUNIV 1011Elective
ENG 111College 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 111-1123General education (Admission Prerequisite-Writing)
MTH 161Precalculus IMATH 1413General education
CHM 111General Chemistry ICHEM/Z 1014Major (Admission Prerequisite-Chemistry)
PSY 230Developmental PsychologyPSYC 3043Elective
ENG 112College Composition IIUNIV 2003General education (Admission Prerequisite-Writing)
MTH 162Precalculus IIMATH 1513Major (Admission Prerequisite-Mathematics)
CHM 112General Chemistry IICHEM/Z 1024Major (Admission Prerequisite-Chemistry)
BIO 141Human Anatomy and Physiology I (both BIO 141 and BIO 142 must be taken to receive credit for the VCU equivalents)BIOL 205 + PHIS/Z 2064Major (Admission Prerequisite-Biology)
BIO 142Human Anatomy and Physiology II (both BIO 141 and BIO 142 must be taken to receive credit for the VCU equivalents)BIOL 205 + PHIS/Z 2064Major (Admission Prerequisite-Biology)
CST 100Principles of Speech CommunicationSPCH 1213Elective
Health electiveBIO 101 General Biology IBIOL/Z 1514Major (Admission Prerequisite-Biology)
PHI 101 or PHI 220Introduction to Philosophy or EthicsPHIL3General education (Admission Prerequisite-Humanities)
PSY 200Principles of PsychologyPSYC 1013General education (Admission Prerequisite-Social Science)
ART 101 or 102History and Appreciation of Art I or IIARTH 103 or 1043Elective
HLT 230Principles of Nutrition & Human DevelopmentBIOL 2173Elective
CHM 241 + CHM 245Organic Chemistry I + LaboratoryCHEM/Z 3014Major (Admission Prerequisite-Chemistry)
ENGSelect one of the following: ENG 241, ENG 242, ENG 243, ENG 244, ENG 251, ENG 252ENGL3General education
SOC 200Principles of SociologySOCY 1013General education
John Tyler Credits Transferred to VCU61
VCU courses
CourseTitleCreditsRequirements
CLLS 301 + CLLS 302Hematology and Abnormal Hematology7.5Major
CLLS 304Urine and Body Fluid Analysis2Major
CLLS 306Immunohematology4.5Major
CLLS 307Introduction to Pathogenic Microbiology3Major
CLLS 308Pathogenic Bacteriology5Major
CLLS 310Clinical Immunology4.5Major
CLLS 311Clinical Chemistry and Instrumentation I5Major
CLLS 312Clinical Chemistry and Instrumentation II5Major
CLLS 337Clinical Education1Major
CLLS 407Interpretive Immunohematology25 to 2.5Major
CLLS 408Advanced Microbiology2Major
CLLS 409Interpretive Hematology2Major
CLLS 410Advanced Clinical Chemistry and Instrumentation 2Major
CLLS 411Principles of Education/Management3Major
CLLS 412Senior Seminar1Major
CLLS 483Biochemistry Practicum3Major
CLLS 485Hematology Practicum3Major
CLLS 493Clinical Microbiology Practicum 3Major
CLLS 494Miscellaneous Clinical Practicum3Major
CLLS 496Blood Bank Practicum3Major
Minimum number of credits completed at VCU65
Minimum credits required for bachelor's degree125
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