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
- Demonstrated professional and leadership conduct
- 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.
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.
All students will be given a handbook on policies and regulations at orientation.
Apply online at graduate.admissions.vcu.edu.
|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|
- 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:
- Initially qualify for admission to the Bachelor of Science in Clinical Laboratory Sciences program
- 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
- Have a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in undergraduate clinical laboratory course work
- Receive a positive recommendation from the Department of Clinical Laboratory Sciences faculty
- Have a satisfactory interview
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
Undergraduate course work
|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 302
and Abnormal Hematology
|CLLS 304||Urine and Body Fluid Analysis||2|
|CLLS 307||Introduction to Pathogenic Microbiology||3|
|CLLS 308||Pathogenic Bacteriology||5|
|CLLS 310||Clinical Immunology||4.5|
& CLLS 312
|Clinical Chemistry and Instrumentation I|
and Clinical Chemistry and Instrumentation II
|CLLS 337||Clinical Education||1|
|CLLS 483||Biochemistry Practicum||3|
|CLLS 485||Hematology Practicum||3|
|CLLS 493||Clinical Microbiology Practicum||3|
|CLLS 494||Miscellaneous Clinical Practicum||3|
|CLLS 496||Blood Bank Practicum||3|
The minimum total of undergraduate credit hours required for the accelerated B.S. and M.S. is 112.5.
Graduate course work
|Core courses (20 credits)|
|ALHP 594||Health Education Practicum||4|
|BIOS/STAT 543||Graduate Research Methods I||3|
|CLLS 690||Clinical Laboratory Sciences Seminar (one-credit course taken three times)||3|
|CLLS 761||Research Methodology in Clinical Laboratory Sciences||3|
|CLLS 790||Research in Clinical Laboratory Sciences||4|
|HADM 602||Health System Organization, Financing and Performance||3|
|CLLS discipline-specific sciences (12 credits)|
|CLLS 580||Principles of Education/Management||3|
|CLLS 627||Advanced Concepts in Immunology and Immunohematology||3|
|CLLS 628||Advanced Concepts in Microbiology||2|
|CLLS 629||Advanced Concepts in Hematology||2|
|CLLS 630||Advanced Concepts in Clinical Chemistry and Instrumentation||2|
|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|
|Theoretical Blood Banking|
|Molecular Diagnostics in Clinical Laboratory Sciences|
|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|
|Principles of Molecular Microbiology|
|Mechanisms of Viral and Parasite Pathogenesis|
|Molecular Mechanisms of Bacterial Pathogenesis|
|General Pathology (Dentistry)|
|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|
|Administration of Long-term Care Facilities and Programs|
|Information Systems for Managers|
|Best Practices in Leadership|
The minimum total of graduate credit hours required for the accelerated B.S. and M.S. is 40.