The department offers three concentrations in the master's degree program in clinical laboratory sciences.
Full-time candidates require a minimum of five academic years (two years of pre-requisites and three years in the professional program) to complete the program. There are no full-time residence requirements. Part-time students must complete all graduate level requirements within five years. An interruption in registration in excess of one semester requires prior approval of the department.
Students holding a baccalaureate degree in medical laboratory sciences/medical technology and generalist certification by the National Credentialing Agency for Laboratory Personnel, Inc. or the Board of Certification of the American Society for Clinical Pathologists are eligible for the advanced master's concentration. Candidates may specialize and complete a project or thesis in clinical chemistry, hematology, microbiology, immunohematology, immunology or molecular diagnostics. In addition to the basic science requirement, each student will choose an area of secondary emphasis in biomedical research, education, management or business. Please visit the VCU bulletin for the most up to date course offerings for the Advanced concentration.
The categorical master's concentration is designed for students with a baccalaureate degree in biology or chemistry. This concentration provides specialized study, including a clinical practicum, in one of the following areas: clinical chemistry, hematology, microbiology or immunohematology. A project or thesis is required. Upon completion of the curriculum, students are eligible to take a national certification examination in the area in which they performed their concentrated study. Please visit the VCU bulletin for the most up to date course offerings for the Categorical concentration.
The accelerated master's concentration integrates undergraduate and graduate coursework and leads to the awarding of a BS and a MS degree simultaneously. Upon completion of the curriculum, students are eligible to take the national certification examinations for a MLS/MT generalist. Students pursuing the Accelerated Master's concentration must initially qualify for admission to the Bachelor of Science program in Clinical Laboratory Sciences. Please visit the VCU bulletin for the most up to date course offerings for the Accelerated concentration.