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2020-2021

Bachelor of Science: Clinical Laboratory Sciences

VCU

Community college:
Associate of Applied Science: Medical Laboratory Technology (Reynolds Community College)
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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

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
  • 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

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
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 Sciences

Reynolds Community College (Associate of Applied Science: Medical Laboratory Technology)

MAXIMIZE COURSE AND DEGREE PLANNINGGET CONNECTED WITH YOUR COMMUNITYBUILD CULTURAL COMPETENCEGET REAL EXPERIENCEPREPARING FOR LIFE AFTER COLLEGE
ExploreYear 1
  • Attend Reynolds Orientation (SOAR).
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Take a career assessment through the Virginia Wizard.
  • 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).
  • Familiarize yourself with the Career Services offered at Community College and VCU and explore Career Pathways on VCU Career Services’ Website.
ExperienceYear 2
  • Meet with your academic advisor.
  • 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.
  • Review curriculum requirements for the degree completion program in the VCU MLT Guidelines.
  • Visit the VCU campus and attend a transfer admission session.
  • Review VCU MLT Guidelines.
  • 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, or clinical lab-related events.
  • Attend Career & Internship Fairs at community college or VCU to explore your interests.
  • Plan to complete at least two internships (job experiences) before your senior year of college.
  • Create a draft resume and bring it to career services advisor or workshop for review.
  • 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
MAXIMIZE COURSE AND DEGREE PLANNING
  • Attend Reynolds Orientation (SOAR).
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Take a career assessment through the Virginia Wizard.
  • 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).
  • Familiarize yourself with the Career Services offered at Community College and VCU and explore Career Pathways on VCU Career Services’ Website.

Experience
MAXIMIZE COURSE AND DEGREE PLANNING
  • Meet with your academic advisor.
  • 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.
  • Review curriculum requirements for the degree completion program in the VCU MLT Guidelines.
GET CONNECTED WITH YOUR COMMUNITY
  • Visit the VCU campus and attend a transfer admission session.
  • Review VCU MLT Guidelines.
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, or clinical lab-related events.
GET REAL EXPERIENCE
  • Attend Career & Internship Fairs at community college or VCU to explore your interests.
  • Plan to complete at least two internships (job experiences) before your senior year of college.
  • Create a draft resume and bring it to career services advisor or workshop for review.
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.

Course equivalent
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Bachelor of Science: Clinical Laboratory Sciences

Reynolds Community College (Associate of Applied Science: Medical Laboratory Technology)

Reynolds Community College courses
CourseTitleEquivalent courseCreditsRequirements
A.A.S. in Medical Laboratory Technology requirements
SDV 101Orientation to Health ScienceUNIV 1011Elective
BIO 145Basic Human Anatomy and PhysiologyBIOL/Z 2014Major (admission prerequisite)
CHM 111General Chemistry ICHEM/Z 1014Major (admission prerequisite)
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)
ENG 112College Composition II UNIV 2003General education (admission prerequisite)
ITE 115Introduction to Computer ApplicationsINFO 160, 161, 1623Elective
MTH 161Precalculus IMATH 1413General education (admission prerequisite)
Social/BehavioralSocial/Behavioral (select from courses in anthropology, economics, geography, psychology, sociology or social sciences)VCU equivalent3General education (admission prerequisite)
Humanities/Fine ArtsHumanities/Fine Arts (select from courses in history, philosophy, political science, religion, foreign languages, literature, or art history/arts)VCU equivalent3General education (admission prerequisite)
HLT/PEDPersonal Wellness electiveVCU equivalent1Elective
MDL 100Intro. To Medical Laboratory Techniques2Major
MDL 110Urinalysis and Body Fluids3Major
MDL 125Clinical Hematology I3Major
MDL 190Coordinated Practice in Phlebotomy2Major
MDL 210Immunology and Serology3Major
MDL 216Blood Banking3Major
MDL 225Clinical Hematology II3Major
MDL 251Clinical Microbiology I3Major
MDL 252Clinical Microbiology II3Major
MDL 261Clinical Chemistry and Instrumentation I4Major
MDL 281Clinical Correlations (online course)1Major
MDL 290Coordinated Practice in Blood Bank/Transfusion Medicine2Major
MDL 290Coordinated Practice in Clinical Chemistry2Major
MDL 290Coordinated Practice in Hematology2Major
MDL 290Coordinated Practice in Microbiology2Major
Credits completed for AAS degree66
Additional science prerequisites
BIOLOGYAn additional 8 credits of Biology (BIO 101-102 or BIO 141-142)BIOL8Major (admission prerequisite)
CHM 112General Chemistry IICHEM/Z 1024Major (admission prerequisite)
CHM 241Organic Chemistry ICHEM 3013Major (admission prerequisite)
CHM 243Organic Chemistry I LabCHEZ 3021Major (admission prerequisite)
Total additional credits16
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
CourseTitleCreditsRequirements
CLLS 301Hematology (students will be eligible for 1.5 proficiency credits for this course)2 to 3.5Major
CLLS 302Abnormal Hematology4Major
CLLS 304Urine and Body Fluid Analysis (students will be eligible for .5 proficiency credits for this course)1.5 to 2Major
CLLS 306Immunohematology (students will be eligible for 2 proficiency credits for this course)2.5 to 4.5Major
CLLS 307Introduction to Pathogenic Microbiology3Major
CLLS 308Pathogenic Bacteriology (students will be eligible for 2 proficiency credits for this course)3 to 5Major
CLLS 310Clinical Immunology (students will be eligible for 1 proficiency credit for this course)3.5 to 4.5Major
CLLS 311Clinical Chemistry and Instrumentation I (students will be eligible for 2 proficiency credits for this course)3 to 5Major
CLLS 312Clinical Chemistry and Instrumentation II (students will be eligible for 1 proficiency credit for this course)4 to 5Major
CLLS 337Clinical Education (students will be eligible for 1 proficiency credit for this course)0 to 1Major
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 Practicum (students will be eligible for 3 proficiency credits for this course)0 to 3Major
CLLS 485Hematology Practicum (students will be eligible for 3 proficiency credits for this course)0 to 3Major
CLLS 493Clinical Microbiology Practicum (students will be eligible for 3 proficiency credits for this course0 to 3Major
CLLS 494Miscellaneous Clinical Practicum (students will be eligible for 3 proficiency credits for this course0 to 3Major
CLLS 496Blood Bank Practicum (students will be eligible for 3 proficiency credits for this course0 to 3Major
CLLS 438Research Paper1Elective
Credits completed at VCU40 to 66
Minimum number of credits required for bachelor's degree125
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