Admission to the Clinical Laboratory Science Program

CLS Admission Fast Facts

B.S.C.L.S - Bachelor of Science in Clinical Laboratory Science

Areas of Study:
Chemistry; Hematology; Immunohematology (Blood Bank); Microbiology; Molecular Diagnostics; Phlebotomy;

Length of Program:
11 months


CLS Program Policy Manual (pdf)      CLS Program Essential Requirements         

Admission to the senior year of our Clinical Laboratory Science Program requires the applicant to successfully complete the following prior to matriculation:

University / College Required Prerequisites:
Successful completion of 77 semester hours (or equivalent quarter hours) at an accredited college or university. Only 60 semester hours (or equivalent quarter hours) can be accepted from a community college. A total of 17 semester hours (or equivalent quarter hours) must be completed at a 4-year regionally-accredited college or university. Upper level science courses taken at a 4-year institution are strongly recommended. The 77 semester hours must include the following:

Biological Sciences (16 semester hours) including:
1. Microbiology (with lab preferred)
2. Genetics or Molecular Biology (SAHP offers an on-line course in Spring)
3. Immunology (SAHP offers an on-line course in Fall & Spring)

Chemistry (14 semester hours) including:
Minimum of two upper level (200 level or above) Chemistry courses. Upper level chemistry courses may include Organic Chemistry I, Organic Chemistry II, Biochemistry or Analytical Chemistry. Biochemistry with a lab recommended.

English Composition (3 semester hours)*
Mathematics (3 semester hours) - Statistics is preferred.

*Advanced Placement:
The CLS Program will not accept AP, CLEP, or DANTES credit toward the English Composition, Mathematics, or Science requirements. Any AP, CLEP, or DANTES credit earned in these categories will be used as elective prerequisite credit only.

Suggested Electives:
Physiology and Molecular Biology are strongly recommended. Additional recommended courses include Cell Biology, Introduction to Hematology, Pathogenic Microbiology, and Parasitology.

Evaluation of Applicants:
Applicants are evaluated for admission on several levels, including, but not limited to:
1. Cumulative GPA
2. Math/Science GPA
3. Course load/course levels
4. Writing ability demonstrated through personal essay and narrative
5. Communication skills demonstrated during interview

An applicant may strengthen their application through job shadowing experience or direct observation of a clinical laboratory, additional coursework in science and mathematics and demonstrating academic ability through the completion of higher level courses with a laboratory component (such as the suggested electives).

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Required by School of Allied Health Professions Academic and Student Affairs:
1. On-line Application for Undergraduate Admission
2. $70 non-refundable application processing fee
3. One (1) set of official transcripts
4. English proficiency requirement, if your native language is not English.
5. Foreign transcripts, if you completed coursework from an institution outside the USA.

Required by Clinical Laboratory Science Education:
1. Completion of 77 semester hours prior to matriculation (maximum of 60 transferrable semester hours from a community college)
2. Cumulative GPA of at least 2.5 based on a 4.0 scale
3. Science and mathematics GPA of at least 2.5
4. Demonstrated capability in upper division science courses
5. Two (2) letters of professional recommendation (1 Biology/Chemistry professor, 1 supervisor (work or volunteer))
6. Written narrative (500 words minimum)

Application Deadline

Program Demographics for Fall 2014

  Applicants    Accepted 
  49 25
Average Overall GPA  3.36  3.40
Average Science GPA   3.17 3.28