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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)
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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 PLANNINGGET CONNECTED WITH YOUR COMMUNITYBUILD CULTURAL COMPETENCEGET REAL EXPERIENCEPREPARING FOR LIFE AFTER COLLEGE
ExploreYear 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.
ExperienceYear 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
CourseTitleEquivalent courseCreditsRequirements
A.A.S. in Medical Laboratory Technology requirements
BIO 101General Biology IBIOL/Z 1514Major (Admission Prerequisite-Biology)
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)
HumanitiesSelect any approved humanities electiveVCU equivalent3General education
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 (Admission Prerequisite-Mathematics)
SDV 101Orientation to HealthcareUNIV 1011Elective
CHM 111General Chemistry ICHEM/Z 1014Major (Admission Prerequisite-Chemistry)
HLT 105Cardiopulmonary ResuscitationHPEX 1XX1Elective
MDL 101Introduction to Medical Laboratory Techniques3Major
MDL 125Clinical Hematology I3Major
MDL 210Immunology and Serology2Major
MDL 251Clinical Microbiology I3Major
MDL 261Clinical Chemistry and Instrumentation I4Major
MDL 190Coordinated Internship1Major
MDL 216Blood Banking3Major
MDL 225Clinical Hematology II3Major
MDL 252Clinical Microbiology II2Major
MDL 265Advanced Clinical Chemistry2Major
Social ScienceSelect from courses in anthropology, economics, geography, psychology, sociology or social sciencesVCU equivalent3General education
MDL 266Clinical Chemistry Techniques3Major
MDL 276Clinical Hematology Techniques3Major
MDL 277Clinical Blood Banking Techniques4Major
MDL 278Clinical Microbiology Techniques II4Major
MDL 298Seminar and Project1Major
Credits completed for AAS degree67
Additional science prerequisites
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)
CHM 112General Chemistry IICHEM/Z 1024Major (Admission Prerequisite-Chemistry)
CHM 241Organic Chemistry ICHEM 3013Major (Admission Prerequisite-Chemistry)
CHM 245Organic Chemistry I LabCHEZ 3012Major (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
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 Paper1Major
Credits completed at VCU40 to 66
Minimum number of credits required for bachelor's degree125
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