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

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:

  1. A minimum 40 hours of graduate credit hours

  2. A research study in the form of a thesis or project related to clinical laboratory sciences

  3. In addition to the basic science requirement, each student may choose an area of secondary emphasis in biomedical research, education, management or business.

    1. In lieu of 14 credit hours of discipline-specific courses, students with a secondary emphasis in education, management or business may elect to focus on courses in those areas.

    2. No more than 14 graduate credit hours in the area of the secondary emphasis may be applied toward the required curriculum minimum.

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.

Curriculum requirements


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
and Abnormal Hematology
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
CLLS 337Clinical Education1
CLLS 483Biochemistry Practicum3
CLLS 485Hematology Practicum3
CLLS 493Clinical Microbiology Practicum3
CLLS 494Miscellaneous Clinical Practicum3
CLLS 496Blood Bank Practicum3
Total Hours112.5

Total undergraduate credit hours required (minimum) 112.5

Graduate studies

Course Title Hours
ACCT 507Fundamentals of Accounting3
BIOS/STAT 543Graduate Research Methods I3
CLLS 580Principles of Education/Management3
CLLS 690Clinical Laboratory Sciences Seminar1
CLLS 761Research Methodology in Clinical Laboratory Sciences3
CLLS 790Research in Clinical Laboratory Sciences3
Electives in business, education, management, marketing, health administration (other courses may be approved)
Select one of the following:3
Adult Learning and Development
Concepts in Economics
Health System Organization, Financing and Performance
Health Economics
Information Systems for Managers
Management Theory and Practice
Leading People and Organizations
Concepts and Issues in Marketing
Fundamentals of the Legal Environment of Business
CLLS discipline-specific sciences
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 in discipline-specific courses (other courses may be approved)
Select 12 credits of the following:12
Biochemistry, Cell and Molecular Biology
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
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)
Forensic Toxicology
Total Hours40

Total graduate credit hours required (minimum) 40

Graduate program director
Teresa S. Nadder, Ph.D., MLS(ASCP)CM
Associate professor and chair, Department of Clinical Laboratory Sciences
Phone: (804) 828-9469

Program website: