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Pre-Clinical Laboratory Sciences

Program Information

The curriculum in Pre-Clinical Laboratory Sciences meets the minimum academic requirements for admission into the Bachelor of Science degree program in clinical laboratory sciences. Students intending to apply to a professional program at another institution should consult that institution’s bulletin for specific pre-requisite courses. VCU offers Virginia’s only Master of Science degree program in Clinical Laboratory Sciences. However, there are two other universities that have an undergraduate program.

Admission to and satisfactory completion of the two-year preparation program offered by the College of Humanities and Sciences does not constitute admission to the professional program on the MCV Campus. Students apply to the professional program on MCV campus undergraduate admissions in the fall of the year preceding the year of desired admission. For example a student planning to start the program in fall 2013 should apply in fall 2012.

Admission into the program is based on scholastic record, demonstrated aptitude and interest and a personal interview conducted by the departmental admissions committee.

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All pre-requisite coursework should be completed by the summer of the year of desired admission. For example a student planning to be in the program fall 2013 should finish prerequisites by summer 2013.

  • English Composition – three semesters
  • Mathematics (Additional mathematics or physics recommended) – one semester
  • Introductory Chemistry – two semesters (with laboratory)
  • Organic Chemistry or Quantitative Analysis – one semester (with laboratory)
  • General Biology – one semester
  • Biology Electives (anatomy and physiology recommended) – two semesters
  • Humanities or Visual and Performing Arts (select from courses in history, philosophy, political science, religion, foreign languages, literature, art history, or art appreciation) – one semester
  • Social Sciences (select from courses in anthropology, economics, geography, psychology, or sociology) – one semester
  • CLLS 201 (highly recommended) – one semester
  • Electives – Credits to make a minimum total of 60 credits.

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Additional requirements

In addition to the academic requirements, there are “essential functions” (non-academic requirements) 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 applicants for admission must possess:

  • Manual Dexterity: Ability to use hand(s) or prosthetic devices with coordination.
  • Fine Motor: Ability to manipulate small objects with fingertips or adaptive devices.
  • Mobility: Ability to maneuver in the laboratory and around instruments and in patient-care settings.
  • Vision: Ability to distinguish red, yellow, and blue colors; distinguish clear from cloudy and distinguish objects through a microscope.
  • Hearing: Ability to adapt with assistive devices (i.e., phone receivers, hearing aid, etc.).
  • Speech: Ability to verbally communicate in English.
  • Writing: Ability to communicate effectively in written form in English.
  • Reading: Ability to read, understand and follow directions printed in English.
  • Emotional Stability: Ability to work accurately and safely under stress, adapt to changing environments and prioritize tasks.
  • Personal Attributes: Must demonstrate integrity, responsibility, tolerance and respect.

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Application Information

Applicants apply and submit documentation electronically. The electronic portions of the application procedures (including letters of reference) must be submitted no later than midnight on April 1. In addition all transcripts must be received (not postmarked) in the office of Undergraduate Admissions on or before April 1.

Admission is granted on a rolling basis after receipt of application materials. Applications received after April 1 will be considered if space is available.

Review and understand all information provided on the Clinical Laboratory Sciences website for in-depth information on the admissions process.

A completed application must include application for MCV Campus undergraduate admission and application fee; transcripts, supplemental information (additional information; to be submitted electronically prior to asking your references to submit a recommendation for you) and two personal references from college-level math or science instructors (submitted electronically).

Further advice for collecting letters of recommendation and transcripts is available at

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Following review of admission credentials, some applicants may require an interview with the admissions committee. If an interview is needed, the department will contact you. Applicants are notified of committee decisions at the earliest possible date.
Interviewing Procedures and Suggestions

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CLLS 201- Introduction to Clinical Lab Sciences

Each fall and spring semester, the Department of Clinical Laboratory Sciences offers a one-credit course, CLLS 201 Introduction to Clinical Lab Sciences. The course introduces undergraduates to the field and helps them gain practical exposure to the field while pursuing pre-requisite course work. It is recommended that pre-clinical lab sciences students take this course in their freshman year or the semester directly after transfer into VCU.

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