Program outcomes

For CLS graduates who completed the ASCP Board of Certification between 2017 and 2019, the 3 year average ASCP Board Certification pass rate was 94%.  The 3-year average graduation rate for students who graduated in 2018, 2019, and 2020 was 100%.  The 3-year average placement rate for Classes of 2017, 2018, and 2019 was 100%.  

Three-year Average Rates

Department of Medical Laboratory Science

NAACLS Benchmarks

BOC Pass Rate:

Based on students who take the exam within the first year of graduation


> 75%

Graduation Rate: 

based on students who began final half of program


> 70%

Placement Rate: 

based on respondent graduates who either find employment in the field or continue their education within one year of graduation


> 70%


At least 55% of the clinical laboratory positions in the Richmond area are filled by graduates of VCU's CLS program.