The basic requirements for admission to the baccalaureate program in clinical laboratory sciences are as follows:
Students with no previous clinical laboratory training must have completed at least 60 semester hours at an accredited college or university, including;
NOTE: Survey courses in biology or chemistry are not acceptable.
*VCU: UNIV 111-112 and UNIV 200 or their equivalents
In addition to the academic requirements, there are "essential functions" (non-academic requirements) 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 to the clinical laboratory science program should possess:
Certified MLTs (CLTs) qualify for special admission with less than 60 hours of credit. An MLT (CLT) applicant must have a minimum of 44 non-MLT semester hours of transferable credit for admission as a full-time student (38 hours for part-time admission). The transfer hours must include: 8 hours of biology, 8 hours of chemistry, 3 hours of mathematics and 6 hours of English composition. MLTs admitted under special status are required to complete the science, humanities and social sciences requirements for regular admission before they qualify for graduation.
CLS credit may be granted for upper-level course requirements through challenge examinations or exemptions based on documented competencies, depending upon a student’s past academic performance in previous course work and clinical experience.
MLTs (CLTs) who meet the exemption eligibility requirements for the junior-level laboratory portions of the curriculum may take the CLS course work online.