Admission Requirements

BSMLS DAO Admission Requirements

Applicants to the Degree Advancement Option (DAO) must:

University / College DAO Prerequisites

Biological Sciences
Must include:
microbiology (with lab preferred) and immunology
This requirement can also be satisfied with MLT program coursework.

16 sem hrs

Chemistry (with labs)
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.

14 sem hrs

English Composition

3 sem hrs
Mathematics (Statistics preferred) 3 sem hrs

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Suggested ElectivesStudents 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. 

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).

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 CAHP Academic and 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.