This is the preliminary (or launch) version of the 2020-21 VCU Bulletin. This edition includes all programs and courses approved by the publication deadline; however we may receive notification of additional program approvals after the launch. The final edition and full PDF version will include these updates and will be available in August prior to the beginning of the fall semester.

Program goals

The Department of Clinical Laboratory Sciences provides the student with advanced theoretical and technical education and prepares students to assume roles as laboratory supervisors, educators and researchers.

Student learning outcomes

  1. Demonstrated professional and leadership conduct
  2. Demonstrated ability to research and evaluate laboratory issues

VCU Graduate Bulletin, VCU Graduate School and general academic policies and regulations for all graduate students in all graduate programs

The VCU Graduate Bulletin website documents the official admission and academic rules and regulations that govern graduate education for all graduate programs at the university. These policies are established by the graduate faculty of the university through their elected representatives to the University Graduate Council.

It is the responsibility of all graduate students, both on- and off-campus, to be familiar with the VCU Graduate Bulletin as well as the Graduate School website and academic regulations in individual school and department publications and on program websites. However, in all cases, the official policies and procedures of the University Graduate Council, as published on the VCU Graduate Bulletin and Graduate School websites, take precedence over individual program policies and guidelines.

Visit the academic regulations section for additional information on academic regulations for graduate students.

Degree candidacy requirements

A graduate student admitted to a program or concentration requiring a final research project, work of art, thesis or dissertation, must qualify for continuing master’s or doctoral status according to the degree candidacy requirements of the student’s graduate program. Admission to degree candidacy, if applicable, is a formal statement by the graduate student’s faculty regarding the student’s academic achievements and the student’s readiness to proceed to the final research phase of the degree program.

Graduate students and program directors should refer to the following degree candidacy policy as published in the VCU Graduate Bulletin for complete information and instructions.

Visit the academic regulations section for additional information on degree candidacy requirements.

Graduation requirements

As graduate students approach the end of their academic programs and the final semester of matriculation, they must make formal application to graduate. No degrees will be conferred until the application to graduate has been finalized.

Graduate students and program directors should refer to the following graduation requirements as published in the Graduate Bulletin for a complete list of instructions and a graduation checklist.

Visit the academic regulations section for additional information on graduation requirements.

Other information

All students will be given a handbook on policies and regulations at orientation.

Apply online at graduate.admissions.vcu.edu.

Admission requirements

Degree: Semester(s) of entry: Deadline dates: Test requirements:
M.S. Spring Nov 1 Minimum TOEFL of 600 (paper), 250 (computer) or 100 (IBT); or minimum IELTS score of 7.0 for international students whose native language is not exclusively English
Satisfactory scores on the GRE

Special requirements

  • Applicants pursing the accelerated B.S. to M.S. degree program must initially qualify for admission to the B.S. in Clinical Laboratory Sciences degree program.

The accelerated bachelor’s-to-master’s-degree program integrates graduate and undergraduate course work and leads to the simultaneous awarding of the Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in clinical laboratory sciences.

In addition to the general admission requirements of the VCU Graduate School, applicants must:

  1. Initially qualify for admission to the Bachelor of Science in Clinical Laboratory Sciences program
  2. Complete a minimum of 112.5 undergraduate credit hours, including 60 prerequisite undergraduate credit hours (see admission requirements for the baccalaureate degree program in clinical laboratory sciences in the Undergraduate Bulletin for a list of the specific courses) and 52.5 credit hours of undergraduate professional course work in clinical laboratory sciences
  3. Have a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in undergraduate clinical laboratory course work
  4. Receive a positive recommendation from the Department of Clinical Laboratory Sciences faculty
  5. Have a satisfactory interview

Degree requirements

In addition to the general VCU Graduate School graduation requirements, students in the accelerated B.S.-to-M.S.-degree program are required to complete a minimum of 40 graduate credit hours to include 20 credits from core courses, 12 credits of discipline-specific courses and eight credits of electives. A research study in the form of a project related to medical laboratory sciences is required. 

Beginning with the first semester of the Bachelor of Science in Clinical Laboratory Sciences program, candidates for the accelerated curriculum are expected to be full-time students and complete both the B.S. and M.S. requirements in three years.

Upon completion of the curriculum, students are eligible to take the ASCP BOC national certification examination for a Medical Laboratory Scientist generalist.

In addition to these requirements, the department faculty will review continuation in the program if:
1.  A student fails to achieve a minimum GPA of 3.0
2.  A student receives a D or F in a course.
3.  A student receives a grade of C on more than one CLLS graduate course or more than nine graduate credit hours (CLLS and non-CLLS credits)
4.  A student receives a grade of U (unsatisfactory) on required graduate course work
5.  A student fails to demonstrate appropriate professional responsibility

Curriculum requirements

Undergraduate course work

Course Title Hours
Prerequisite requirement
60 credit hours of course work prior to entrance into the Bachelor of Science program in clinical laboratory sciences (Refer to the VCU Undergraduate Bulletin for details of the required courses.)60
Professional studies requirement
CLLS 301
CLLS 302
Hematology
and Abnormal Hematology
7.5
CLLS 304Urine and Body Fluid Analysis2
CLLS 306Immunohematology4.5
CLLS 307Introduction to Pathogenic Microbiology3
CLLS 308Pathogenic Bacteriology5
CLLS 310Clinical Immunology4.5
CLLS 311
CLLS 312
Clinical Chemistry and Instrumentation I
and Clinical Chemistry and Instrumentation II
10
CLLS 337Clinical Education1
CLLS 483Biochemistry Practicum3
CLLS 485Hematology Practicum3
CLLS 493Clinical Microbiology Practicum3
CLLS 494Miscellaneous Clinical Practicum3
CLLS 496Blood Bank Practicum3
Total Hours112.5

The minimum total of undergraduate credit hours required for the accelerated B.S. and M.S. is 112.5.

Graduate course work

Course Title Hours
Core courses (20 credits)
ALHP 594Health Education Practicum4
BIOS/STAT 543Graduate Research Methods I3
CLLS 690Clinical Laboratory Sciences Seminar (one-credit course taken three times)3
CLLS 761Research Methodology in Clinical Laboratory Sciences3
CLLS 790Research in Clinical Laboratory Sciences4
HADM 602Health System Organization, Financing and Performance3
CLLS discipline-specific sciences (12 credits)
CLLS 580Principles of Education/Management3
CLLS 627Advanced Concepts in Immunology and Immunohematology3
CLLS 628Advanced Concepts in Microbiology2
CLLS 629Advanced Concepts in Hematology2
CLLS 630Advanced Concepts in Clinical Chemistry and Instrumentation2
Electives
Select eight credit hours from:8
Biochemistry, Cell and Molecular Biology (Select 8 credit hours from:)
Biochemistry, Cell and Molecular Biology
Fundamentals of Molecular Genetics
Mass Spectrometry
Theoretical Blood Banking
Molecular Diagnostics in Clinical Laboratory Sciences
Advanced Hematology
Laboratory Diagnosis of Infectious Diseases
Analytical Techniques for Clinical Mass Spectrometry
Mass Spectrometry Systems for Clinical Analyses
Mass Spectrometry Assay Development for In Vitro Diagnostics
Special Topics in Clinical Laboratory Sciences
Molecular Diagnostic Practicum I
Molecular Diagnostic Practicum II
Introduction to Human Genetics
Advanced Human Genetics
Immunobiology
Principles of Molecular Microbiology
Mechanisms of Viral and Parasite Pathogenesis
Molecular Mechanisms of Bacterial Pathogenesis
General Pathology (Dentistry)
Forensic Toxicology
Other electives may be chosen from:
Fundamentals of Accounting
Adult Learning and Development
Concepts in Economics
Financial Concepts of Management
The Academic Profession
Teaching and Learning in Higher Education
Health Economics
Administration of Long-term Care Facilities and Programs
Information Systems for Managers
Best Practices in Leadership
Marketing Management
Total Hours40

The minimum total of graduate credit hours required for the accelerated B.S. and M.S. is 40.

Contact
Teresa S. Nadder, Ph.D., MLS(ASCP)CM
Associate professor, chair and graduate program director
tsnadder@vcu.edu
(804) 828-9469

Program website: cls.chp.vcu.edu