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Preparation for the study of clinical laboratory sciences

Important general information

Students interested in the pre-clinical laboratory sciences advising track must complete the two year pre-clinical laboratory sciences program requirements (a total minimum of 60 credits) for application to the baccalaureate program on the MCV Campus at VCU. 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 2015, they would begin the admissions process at the start of the spring semester of 2015.

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 2015, the course work must be completed by the summer of 2015 (before entrance).

Applications to the program are normally submitted in spring of the sophomore year. Students interested in the pre-clinical laboratory sciences advising track must consult with a pre-health academic adviser to learn about requirements that are specific to the program and to speak about alternate/back-up majors.

Students with an interest in preparing for the clinical laboratory sciences program must declare an academic major while also indicating a pre-clinical laboratory sciences advising track. Students unsure of their academic majors initially should clarify their academic interests through regular conversations with their advisers. Pre-clinical laboratory sciences students are encouraged to choose a back-up major in a discipline of greatest interest to them.

Admission to and completion of the pre-clinical laboratory sciences advising track does not guarantee admission to VCU’s clinical laboratory sciences program nor 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.

Prerequisites for the pre-clinical laboratory sciences advising track
It is recommended that applicants select a challenging course-load of science and math courses each semester to ensure adequate preparation for the academic rigor of the program within the Department of Clinical Laboratory Sciences.

Science, non-science and other requirements for the pre-clinical laboratory sciences advising track
Students in the pre-clinical laboratory sciences advising track must complete 12 credits of biology, preferably biological concepts with laboratory, human anatomy (lab included), human physiology with laboratory, and 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.

The non-science prerequisites for the pre-clinical laboratory sciences advising track are: English composition (UNIV 111, 112, 200), pre-calculus mathematics (3 credits), a humanities or fine arts course (3 credits), a social science course (3 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.

Additional information for the VCU pre-clinical laboratory sciences advising track
Following a review of admissions credentials, eligible applicants will require an interview with the admissions committee. The department will contact you to schedule the interview. Applicants are notified of committee decisions at the earliest possible date.

Prerequisites for the clinical laboratory sciences program

VCU courses Credits
   
BIOL 101 Biological Concepts 3
BIOZ 101 Biological Concepts Laboratory 1
BIOL 205 Basic Human Anatomy (includes lab) 4
CHEM 101 General Chemistry 3
CHEZ 101 General Chemistry Laboratory I 1
CHEM 102 General Chemistry 3
CHEZ 102 General Chemistry Laboratory II 1
CHEM/CHEZ 301 Organic Chemistry and Laboratory I or CHEM/CHEZ 309 Quantitative Analysis and Laboratory 4
MATH 151 Precalculus Mathematics 4
PHIS 206 Human Physiology 3
PHIZ 206 Human Physiology Laboratory 1
UNIV 111 Focused Inquiry I 3
UNIV 112 Focused Inquiry II 3
UNIV 200 Inquiry and the Craft of Argument 3
Electives to reach 60 credit-hour minimum requirement for entrance into the program 16-17
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
Total 60
   
Sample curriculum outline Credits
   
Fall semester, freshman year  
BIOL 101 Biological Concepts 3
BIOZ 101 Biological Concepts Laboratory 1
MATH 151 Precalculus Mathematics 4
UNIV 111 Focused Inquiry I 3
Humanities or fine arts elective 3
Total 14
   
Spring semester, freshman year  
BIOL 205 Basic Human Anatomy 4
CHEM 101 General Chemistry 3
CHEZ 101 General Chemistry Laboratory I 1
UNIV 112 Focused Inquiry II 3
Elective 3
Social science elective 3
Total 17
   
Fall semester, sophomore year  
CHEM 102 General Chemistry 3
CHEZ 102 General Chemistry Laboratory II 1
PHIS 206 Human Physiology 3
PHIZ 206 Human Physiology 1
UNIV 200 Inquiry and the Craft of Argument 3
Elective 3
Total 14
   
Spring semester, sophomore year  
CHEM/CHEZ 301 Organic Chemistry and Laboratory I or CHEM/CHEZ 309 Quantitative Analysis and Laboratory 4
Electives (to reach 60 credit-hour minimum requirement) 10-13
Total 14-17
   
Total minimum requirement (for admission to clinical laboratory sciences program) 60
 

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