University of Nebraska Medical Center

Admission Requirements

Applicants to the MLS Degree Advancement Option must:

  • Complete the MLT professional requirement in one of the following ways:
    • Graduate from a NAACLS accredited MLT/CLT program, MLT certification highly recommended, or
    • Complete a U.S. military sponsored medical laboratory procedures educational program, MLT certification highly recommended, or
    • Graduate from a non-NAACLS accredited MLT/CLT program with MLT certification
  • Complete a minimum of 85 hours of specific college prerequisite courses (including the MLT coursework) prior to enrollment in the program;
  • Present a C- or better for all 85 hours of prerequisite coursework;
  • Present a cumulative GPA of at least 2.5 (on a 4.0 scale) at time of application submission;
  • Present a science GPA of at least 2.5 (on a 4.0 scale) and/or the most recently completed 20 biology/chemistry semester hours GPA of at least 2.5;
  • Working as a laboratory MLT/CLT (a minimum of a 0.5 FTE);
  • Identify the preceptor and submit the Preceptor Agreement;
  • Review the Computer Requirements.

University / College DAO Prerequisites

Biological Sciences - 16 sem hrs
Must include:
  • microbiology (with lab preferred) and
  • immunology
This requirement can also be satisfied with MLT program coursework.
Chemistry (with labs) - 14 sem hrs

Must include:

  • Minimum of 2 upper level (200 or above) chemistry courses (may include Biochemistry, Organic Chemistry I and II or Analytical Chemistry - Biochemistry with a lab is strongly recommended)
This requirement can also be satisfied with MLT program clinical chemistry coursework.
English Composition - 3 sem hrs
English Composition - 3 sem hrs
Mathematics (Statistics preferred) - 3 sem hrs
Mathematics (Statistics preferred) - 3 sem hrs
Suggested Electives
Students should select electives to achieve 85 semester hours (this includes the MLT professional coursework credit hour award), including a broad general educational background. Physiology, biochemistry, genetics, and molecular biology are strongly recommended. Additional recommended subjects include cell biology, pathogenic microbiology, and parasitology.


Admit Terms

Application Opens

U.S. Application Deadline

Spring (Jan-May) August 1 November 1
Fall (Aug-Dec) August 1 April 15

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Admission to the BSMLS Degree Advancement Option requires the applicant to successfully complete at least 85 semester hours (127 quarter hours) at an accredited college or university. Only 66 semester credit hours can be accepted from a community college (the MLT professional coursework credit does not count towards these 66 hours).

Remedial courses cannot be used toward any requirement.

NOTE: A maximum of six College Level Examination Program (CLEP), Advanced Placement (AP) and/or Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Support (DANTES) semester hours will be accepted for transfer. Any CLEP, AP or DANTES semester hours will not be accepted towards prerequisite science courses.

All applications and transcripts are reviewed by Enrollment Management & Student Affairs on a case-by-case basis. Grades lower than “C-” will not transfer for credit. Additional coursework may transfer for credit; course description and syllabus may be requested for evaluation of equivalency with UNMC. All foreign transcripts must be evaluated by an ASCP Board of Certification-approved agency.

Applicants will be considered without regard to age, sex, race, color, national origin, religion, political beliefs, or disability. Motivational factors, life experience, patient care experience, maturity, and references are important factors in the admission process.