Program outcomes

Certification Exam Pass Rates

Percentage of students who passed the exam within first year of graduation.

YearDepartment of Medical Laboratory ScienceNational Pass RateNAACLS Benchmarks
BOC Pass Rate:
July 1, 2017 – June 30, 2018
98% 80.0%  75%
BOC Pass Rate:
July 1, 2018 – June 30, 2019
90% 80.5%  75%
BOC Pass Rate:
July 1, 2019 – June 30, 2020
89% 83.0%  75%
BOC Pass Rate:
July 1, 2020 – June 30, 2021
95% 77.0%  75%

Graduation Rate

The graduation rate is based on students who began final half of program.

YearDepartment of Medical Laboratory ScienceNAACLS Benchmarks
July 1, 2017 – June 30, 2018 100%  70%
July 1, 2018 – June 30, 2019 100%  70%
July 1, 2019 – June 30, 2020 100%  70%
July 1, 2020 – June 30, 2021 100%  70%

Placement Rate

The placement rate is based on respondent graduates who either find employment in the field or continue their education within one year of graduation.

YearDepartment of Medical Laboratory ScienceNAACLS Benchmarks
July 1, 2017 – June 30, 2018 100%  70%
July 1, 2018 – June 30, 2019 100%  70%
July 1, 2019 – June 30, 2020 100%  70%
July 1, 2020 – June 30, 2021 100%  70%

At least 55% of the clinical laboratory positions in the Richmond area are filled by graduates of VCU's MLS program.