Bachelor's curriculum

Variable credit is offered in consideration of the differing academic backgrounds of entering students. Semester hours given for each course are those required of the traditional student with no previous clinical training. The official undergraduate MLS curriculum is available in the VCU Bulletin.

Junior Year

Course Title Hours
CLLS 301 - 302 Hematology 7.5
CLLS 304 Urine and Body Fluid Analysis 2.0
CLLS 306 Immunohematology 4.5
CLLS 307 Introduction to Pathogenic Microbiology 3.0
CLLS 308 Pathogenic Bacteriology 5.0
CLLS 310 Clinical Immunology 4.5
CLLS 311 Clinical Chemistry and Instrumentation I 5.0
CLLS 312 Clinical Chemistry and Instrumentation II 5.0

Summer Session

Course Title Hours
CLLS 337 Clinical Education 1.0

Senior Year

Course Title Hours
CLLS 407 Interpretive Immunohematology 2.5
CLLS 408 Advanced Microbiology 2.0
CLLS 409 Interpretive Hematology 2.0
CLLS 410 Advanced Clinical Chemistry and Instrumentation 2.0
CLLS 411 Principles of Education/Management 3.0
CLLS 412 Senior Seminar 1.0
CLLS 415 Special Topics in Clinical Laboratory Sciences (optional) 1-6
CLLS 483 Biochemistry Practicum 3.0
CLLS 485 Hematology Practicum 3.0
CLLS 493 Clinical Microbiology Practicum 3.0
CLLS 494 Miscellaneous Clinical Practicum 3.0
CLLS 496 Blood Bank Practicum 3.0
CLLS 438 Research Paper (optional) 1.0

Upon completion of prerequisite courses and the prescribed curriculum listed above, graduates of the Medical Laboratory Sciences program, will have fulfilled the general education requirements of VCU.

For Students with an Associate Degree in Laboratory Science

MLS 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. Click here for detailed guidelines.

MLTs who meet the exemption eligibility requirements for the junior level laboratory portions of the curriculum may take the program on-line.