MLS Admission Requirements
Enrollment in each program is limited and competitive. The admissions committee of each program, composed of program faculty and administration, evaluates the qualifications of each applicant and makes the final selections for admission.
Required Minimum GPAs:
1. Cumulative GPA 2.5
2. Cumulative Science GPA 2.5 and/or most recently completed 20 biology/chemistry semester hours 2.5
Admission to the senior year of our Medical 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 66 semester hours (or equivalent quarter hours) can be accepted from a community college. A total of 11 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. Credits for courses in which grades below “C-“ were received, are not accepted in fulfillment of the individual course prerequisites listed below. The 77 semester hours must include the following:
Biological Sciences (16 semester hours) including:
1. Microbiology (with lab preferred)
2. Immunology (CAHP 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.
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.
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. Science GPA or most recently completed 20 biology/chemistry hours
3. Course load/course levels
4. Writing ability demonstrated through personal essay and narrative, and writing skills demonstrated during interview
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).Get complete application details on How to Apply.