Pre-Medical Laboratory Sciences

VCU offers baccalaureate degrees in four different healthcare fields. These degrees are designed to prepare students to gain professional licensure and begin work in the field as soon as they graduate. Students working on the prerequisites for the programs are advised to declare a pre-health major in the appropriate field, which will give them access to specialized pre-health advisors who help with course selection, volunteer opportunities, and preparing for the application process.

Do I have to be a pre-health major?

You can apply to the Medical Laboratory Science program regardless of your major. However, becoming a Pre-Medical Laboratory Science major ensures that you’re eligible to register for courses restricted to certain majors. You’ll be assigned a Pre-Health advisor who will work with you individually to ensure that you’re the most competitive candidate possible. Changing your major and registering for our newsletter is also a great way to keep track of opportunities and workshop designed to make you more competitive.

Can I get a degree in pre-health or pre-clinical laboratory sciences?

No, all the pre-health majors are non-degree granting majors. These majors are designed to make sure you get a pre-health advisor and access to the resources that will assist pre-health students while you complete the prerequisite courses for your chosen program.

Does the pre-health major make it easier to get into the programs?

The pre-major does not guarantee admission to the major for any of our baccalaureate health programs. The Pre-Medical Laboratory Sciences major makes it easier for you to access helpful resources; however, all of the prerequisites and criteria for the programs remain.

What kinds of courses does the pre-health major require?

Prerequisite courses vary by program, but all require biology, writing, and math. Other common prerequisites include chemistry, anatomy, physiology, physics, and psychology. Program courses focus on theoretical and practical knowledge and skills you will need to be able to earn licensure and work in your chosen field. See the question below the video about pre-requisites.

How do I find my current major?

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How do I change my major?

This major has some requirements; you must have at least a 2.5 cumulative GPA and no more than 75 credits. To change to a Pre-Health major, please follow the steps below:

1) Submit a change of major form to declare.
2) You will receive an email  inviting you to complete a mandatory online orientation on Blackboard.
3) When you have completed the orientation module on Blackboard, please email indicating it is complete.
4) Once Pre-Health Advising receives your email and verifies that the module has been completed your request will be processed.

Admissions information for VCU Medical Laboratory Sciences

The slideshow below gives a brief overview of the profession and the requirements for admittance to department of Medical Laboratory Sciences. For more information, please don’t hesitate to contact VCU Pre-health Advising.

For more career information, please use these resources: Explore Health Careers website, VA Health Workforce Development Authority, and USA Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Prerequisite Courses

Students apply to the professional 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 spring semester of 2015. All prerequisite coursework 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 coursework must be completed by the summer of 2015 (before entrance).
Pre-Clinical Lab Sciences prerequisites

For more information, please see the VCU Bulletin

Admission Requirements

  • Cumulative GPA in all college-level courses (all attempts)
  • GPA in science/math courses (all attempts)
  • Completion of prerequisite courses
  • Number of credits of science/math courses with a minimum grade of “C”
  • Communication skills assessed by means of applicant’s writing sample and interview
  • Recommendations provided by references
  • Motivation to become a medical laboratory scientist
  • Knowledge of the profession as assessed during the interview
  • For more details on the above, view the School of Allied Health admissions Website

When can I apply to the program?

The application for admittance in the Fall is open early October until Mar 15th.

Where can I apply to the program?

Once you’re sure that you’re ready, the link is here. Please meet with one of us if you have any questions!

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