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 School of Allied Health Professions. Applications to the program are normally submitted in spring of the sophomore year. Students apply to the baccalaureate program through Undergraduate Admissions in the spring of the year preceding entrance. For example, if a student is planning to start the program in fall of 2018, they would begin the admissions process at the start of the spring semester of 2018. All prerequisite course work should be completed by the summer of the year of desired admission. For example, if a student plans on entering the program in fall of 2018, the course work must be completed by the summer of 2018 (before entrance).

Completion of the pre-health major in clinical laboratory sciences does not guarantee admission to the junior- and senior-year program for 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.

Requirements for the pre-health major in clinical laboratory sciences

Students in the pre-health major in clinical laboratory sciences must complete 12 credits of biology to include biological concepts or introduction to biological sciences (both with laboratories), 12 credits of chemistry to include a two-semester sequence of general chemistry (both with laboratories) and organic chemistry with laboratory or quantitative analysis with laboratory, nine credits of English composition (UNIV 111, UNIV 112 and UNIV 200), pre-calculus mathematics (three credits), a humanities or fine arts course (three credits), a social science course (three credits) and electives to meet the 60 minimum credits requirement for entrance into the clinical laboratory sciences program.

In addition to the academic requirements, there are “essential functions” (non-academic) of the clinical laboratory sciences program that students must master to successfully participate in the program. The following is a list of the essential technical abilities and skills for admission that applicants must possess: manual dexterity, fine motor skills, mobility, vision, hearing, the ability to verbally communicate, read and write in the English language, emotional stability, and (other) personal attributes including integrity, responsibility, tolerance and respect. Although not required, introduction to clinical laboratory sciences, additional mathematics, biology or chemistry courses, and a physics course are highly recommended.

Following a review of admissions credentials, eligible applicants will require an interview with the admissions committee. The department will contact the student/applicant to schedule the interview. Applicants are notified of committee decisions at the earliest possible date.

Changing to the pre-health major in clinical laboratory sciences from another major

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.

Prerequisites for the clinical laboratory sciences program

VCU courses
Select one of the following biology sequences:4
Biological Concepts
and Biological Concepts Laboratory
Introduction to Biological Sciences I
and Introduction to Biological Science Laboratory I
Additional biology credits 8
Introduction to Biological Sciences II
and Introduction to Biological Science Laboratory II
Human Biology
and Human Biology Laboratory
Basic Human Anatomy
Medical Microbiology
and Medical Microbiology Laboratory
Cellular and Molecular Biology
Microbiology
Genetics
Human Physiology
and Human Physiology Laboratory
CHEM   101
CHEZ   101
General Chemistry
and General Chemistry Laboratory I
4
CHEM   102
CHEZ   102
General Chemistry
and General Chemistry Laboratory II
4
Select one of the following chemistry sequences:4
Organic Chemistry
and Organic Chemistry Laboratory I
Quantitative Analysis
and Quantitative Analysis Laboratory
MATH   151Precalculus Mathematics4
UNIV   111 Play VideoPlay course video for Focused Inquiry IFocused Inquiry I3
UNIV   112 Play VideoPlay course video for Focused Inquiry IIFocused Inquiry II3
UNIV   200Inquiry and the Craft of Argument3
Humanities or fine arts elective (see Core Curriculum – humanities/fine arts approved list)3
Social science elective (see Core Curriculum – social/ behavioral science approved list)3
Electives to reach 60 credit-hour minimum requirement for entrance into the program16-17
Total Hours59-60

Sample curriculum outline

Freshman year
Fall semesterHours
Select one of the following sequences: 4
BIOL   101
BIOZ   101
Biological Concepts
and Biological Concepts Laboratory
OR  
BIOL   151
BIOZ   151
Introduction to Biological Sciences I
and Introduction to Biological Science Laboratory I
MATH   151 Precalculus Mathematics 4
UNIV   111 Play VideoPlay course video for Focused Inquiry I Focused Inquiry I 3
Humanities/fine arts elective 3
 Term Hours: 14
Spring semester
CHEM   101
CHEZ   101
General Chemistry
and General Chemistry Laboratory I
4
UNIV   112 Play VideoPlay course video for Focused Inquiry II Focused Inquiry II 3
Additional biology course and laboratory 4
Elective 3
Social science elective 3
 Term Hours: 17
Sophomore year
Fall semester
CHEM   102
CHEZ   101
General Chemistry
and General Chemistry Laboratory I
4
UNIV   200 Inquiry and the Craft of Argument 3
Additional biology course and laboratory 4
Elective 3
 Term Hours: 14
Spring semester
Select one of the following sequences: 4
CHEM   301
CHEZ   301
Organic Chemistry
and Organic Chemistry Laboratory I
OR  
CHEM   309
CHEZ   309
Quantitative Analysis
and Quantitative Analysis Laboratory
Electives (to reach 60 credit-hour minimum requirement) 11
 Term Hours: 15
 Total Hours: 60

Total minimum requirement (for admission to clinical laboratory sciences program) 60 credits