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2020-2021

Bachelor of Science: Clinical Laboratory Science

VCU

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Associate of Science: Clinical Lab Sciences (Richard Bland College of William and Mary)
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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

Richard Bland College of William and Mary (Associate of Science: Clinical Lab Sciences)

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  • Find out about VCU REAL.
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  • Plan to complete at least two internships or job experiences before your senior year of 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.
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  • Use the cost calculator to estimate your tuition/fees as an upperclassman at VCU.
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Explore
MAXIMIZE COURSE AND DEGREE PLANNING
  • Attend RBC Orientation.
  • Schedule an appointment with your Learner Mentor to discuss your degree and class plan.
  • Register for ESE 101 if you have not taken any college level classes.
  • Attend FAFSA Fridays to understand how you will fund your education. These events are available every Friday in October and February.
  • Use tutoring to get ahead.
  • Review CLS Admission Requirements.
GET CONNECTED WITH YOUR COMMUNITY
BUILD CULTURAL COMPETENCE
  • Attend cultural events at RBC and/or VCU and celebrate diversity.
  • Attend VCU's annual Intercultural Festival or another community intercultural event.
GET REAL EXPERIENCE
PREPARING FOR LIFE AFTER COLLEGE
  • Assess your preparation for a career by completing a Gap Analysis.
  • Familiarize yourself with the career services offered at RBC and VCU and explore career pathways on the VCU Career Services website.
  • Practice independent living skills (such as money management, self-care, time management, and personal responsibility).
  • Take advantage of free Financial Aid counseling.

Experience
MAXIMIZE COURSE AND DEGREE PLANNING
GET CONNECTED WITH YOUR COMMUNITY
  • Visit the VCU campus and attend a transfer admission session.
  • Volunteer for service learning or community service projects.
BUILD CULTURAL COMPETENCE
  • Learn about short-term, semester and year-long study abroad options.
  • Continue learning a foreign language or make a plan for undertaking that study at VCU.
  • 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 at RBC or VCU to explore your interests.
  • Plan to complete at least two internships or job experiences before your senior year of college.
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.

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2020-2021

Bachelor of Science: Clinical Laboratory Science

Richard Bland College of William and Mary (Associate of Science: Clinical Lab Sciences)

Richard Bland College of William and Mary courses
CourseTitleEquivalent courseCreditsRequirements
ENGL 101Rhetoric and Research I Note: students with credit for AP English Language and Composition will only receive credit for UNIV 111 at VCU and should take ENGL 102 to fulfill the VCU composition requirement.UNIV 111-1123General education (Admission Prerequisite)
ENGL 102Rhetoric and Research IIUNIV 2003General education (Admission Prerequisite)
ENGLCore course in The Art and Language of Ideas (select 1): ENGL 203, 204, 205, 206,210, 211, 214, 215.ENGL3General education (Admission Prerequisite: Humanities)
Fine ArtsCore course in The Language and History of the Fine Arts (select 1): ART 201, 202, 231, MUS 103, 123, THEA 201.VCU equivalent3General education
Human ExperienceSOC 201 General Sociology (or PSY 201-202 but both courses must be taken to receive credit for PSYC 101)VCU equivalent3General education (Admission Prerequisite: Social Science)
U.S. & World CulturesCore courses in U.S. and World Cultures (select 1): GEO 103, GOVT 201, 202, HIST 101, 102, 201, 202VCU equivalent3General education
MATH 251Calculus IMATH 2004General education (Admission Prerequisite: Mathematics)
MATH 217StatisticsSTAT 2103Elective
PHYS 101College Physics IPHYS 2014Elective
PHYS 102College Physics IIPHYS 2024Elective
BIO 101 + LabGeneral Biology I + LaboratoryBIOL/Z 1014Major (Admission Prerequisite: Biology)
BIO 205 + BIOL 206Human Anatomy and Physiology (both courses must be taken to be equivalent to VCU's courses)BIOL 205 + PHIS/Z 2068Major (Admission Prerequisite: Biology)
CHEM 101 + LabGeneral Chemistry I + LabCHEM/Z 1014Major (Admission Prerequisite: Chemistry)
CHEM 102 + LabGeneral Chemistry I + LabCHEM/Z 1024Major (Admission Prerequisite: Chemistry)
CHEM 230Organic Chemistry ICHEM/Z 3014Major (Admission Prerequisite: Chemistry)
CSCIComputer proficiency test or CSCI 121 or 202VCU equivalent0 to 3Elective
ElectivesNo more than 2 credits of PE may be chosenVCU equivalent0 to 3Elective
Credits completed at Richard Bland60
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 Immunohematology2.5Major
CLLS 408Advanced Microbiology2Major
CLLS 409Interpretive Hematology2Major
CLLS 410Advanced Clinical Chemistry and Instrumentation2Major
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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