Students in the pre-health major in Clinical Laboratory Sciences must complete the two-year program requirements (a total minimum of 60 credits) for application to the Bachelor of Science degree program in Clinical Laboratory Sciences offered by the VCU College of Health Professions. Students must apply for entrance to the Clinical Laboratory Sciences program during the spring semester preceding desired fall admission. All prerequisite coursework must be completed by the summer preceding desired fall admission. For example, if a student desired a Fall 2020 admission to the program, their application would be completed spring of 2020, and all prerequisite coursework would be completed by summer of 2020.
Completion of the pre-health major in Clinical Laboratory Sciences does not guarantee admission to the B.S. in Clinical Laboratory Sciences nor does it result in a college degree. Students must be admitted to and complete the baccalaureate program to earn a B.S. degree in clinical laboratory sciences. Admission into the program is based on scholastic record, demonstrated aptitude and interest, and a personal interview conducted by the departmental admissions committee. Students are strongly encouraged to consult with a UAA pre-health major academic adviser to learn about admission requirements that are specific to the program and to speak about alternate/parallel majors. For more information about the admission requirements for the B.S. in Clinical Laboratory Sciences, visit the department’s website.
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:
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.
Current VCU students who wish to change their major to the pre-health major in clinical laboratory sciences must meet the following criteria to be considered for the major: Minimum GPA of 2.5. No more than 75 credits completed.
Students who do not meet these requirements may see a pre-health adviser, but they will be referred for programming and not assigned to an adviser.
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