The curriculum recommended in Pre-Clinical Laboratory Sciences advising track 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.
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 Medical Campus. Students apply to the professional program on the Medical Campus undergraduate admissions in the spring of the year preceding the year of desired admission. For example a student planning to start the program in fall 2013 should apply in spring 2013.
Admission into the program is based on scholastic record, demonstrated aptitude and interest and a personal interview conducted by the departmental admissions committee.
- Additional requirements
- Application information
- CLLS 201- Introduction to Clinical Lab Sciences
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. Please see Clinical Lab Sciences departmental website for additional 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 http://www.ugrad.vcu.edu/apply/laboratory/Default.aspx
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
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.