MLS Admission Requirements

Applications for admission to the Medical Laboratory Science program are available by October 1. Students who can complete all course requirements and obtain a grade point average of 2.5 (on the 4.0 scale) before the start of classes in May are eligible to apply. Applications may be picked up at the program office, or will be mailed upon receipt of your request by mail, e-mail, or phone.

Students with Foreign Academic Records

Students with higher education credits earned outside the U.S. or Canada must have their transcripts authenticated and evaluated by the Office of International Studies, and by an independent agency approved by the Board of Certification of the American Society for Clinical Pathology ASCP. One such agency is the International Education Research Foundation (IERF), P.O. Box 3665, Culver City, CA 90231 (Phone: 310.258.9451, Email: info@ierf.org Website: www.ierf.org).

Admission Criteria

The selection committee consists of the program faculty, laboratory manager, education coordinator, and representatives from the clinical affiliates. Established criteria are GPA (50%), Interviews (30%), References (5%), Biographic Information (5%), Interview Summary (10%).

The selection committee meets in early March to select candidates. Students are notified of the committee's decision in writing by March 30. The maximum capacity of the program depends upon availability of clinical sites (usually 16 students).

In addition to a GPA minimum of 2.5 and C or higher in core courses students must have the ability to perform the following visual and motor functions that must be used in order to produce reliable laboratory results.

Sufficient visual skill to read small print and labels
Color discrimination skills that permit identification of color changes and visual reading of color blocks
Ability to make adjustments in small dials and controls using the fingers
Sufficient hand to eye coordination to perform laboratory procedures (e.g., pipetting) and venipuncture (placing a needle into a vein)
Sufficient speech, hearing and language function to communicate accurately.
Sufficient control of movement to sit or stand for periods of at least 30 minutes.
Move or lift small objects weighing less than 10 pounds.

Required Courses

CHEM 1250, 1270-1280 (General Chemistry)
BIOL 2050, (Concepts of Biology)
ENG 1120
MATH 1220 (Algebra)
MATH 1150 or STAT 2000 (Statistics)
MLS 2010, (Intro to Med Tech)+
CHEM 3060 or Chemistry 3410, (Organic)
CHEM 3080-3090 or 3440-3460, (Biochem or Organic)
BIOL 3130, (Microbiology)
BIOL 3320, (Human Physiology)
BIOL 4080 or 4210 (Molecular Biology)
MLS 4010, Issues in Health Care Administration+
MLS 4110, Diagnostic Immunology I*
MLS 4120, Diagnostic Immunology I Lab*
MLS 4340, Parasitology*

* These 3 courses are taught in the student's junior year. Students entering the program
from another university must complete the equivalent by independent study during training.
+ Not required for students already holding a baccalaureate degree who show evidence
of having learned these subjects. However, these courses are required for the B.S. in
Medical Laboratory Science.