Eligibility Requirements

Applicants must have earned a baccalaureate degree in a life science (e.g., Biochemistry, Biology, Cell Biology, Clinical Laboratory Sciences, Microbiology, Molecular Biosciences etc.) prior to enrollment in the program.  An applicant with a baccalaureate degree in other than a life science can be considered for admission provided the prerequisite coursework has been successfully completed. 

Prerequisites include the following courses:

  • General chemistry (two semesters)

  • Organic chemistry lecture and laboratory (at least one semester)

  • Biochemistry (one semester)

  • Genetics (one semester)

  • Cell biology (one semester)

  • Calculus (one semester)

  • Physics (one semester)

Applicants can be working towards completion of a baccalaureate degree at the time of application, but must have completed their degree requirements before enrolling in the program.


Important Requirements

Grade Point Average: Applicants should have a minimum grade point average of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale). Applicants with a GPA below 3.0 may be considered for admission on probationary or provisional status.

Graduate Record Examination (GRE): Arrange to take the GRE. Your application cannot be completely processed until we have received these scores. Use institution code 6895 to have an official copy of your scores mailed directly to KU Medical Center. The general exam must have been taken within the last two (2) years and include verbal, quantitative and analytical scores. We do not require a subject test.

English Language Proficiency: All applicants whose native language is not English must demonstrate English language proficiency through either the TOEFL or IELTS testing systems. The test must have been the testing service using ETS school code 6895. Photocopies of scores will not be accepted. Please review the information for international students before applying.

International Students:
An applicant is considered an international student if he or she requires a visa, or currently resides in the U.S. with non-immigrant status, or currently resides in the U.S. while applying for permanent residency. Additional requirements and documentation, such as proof of English language proficiency, are required for international students to become eligible for KU programs. Please review the information for international students before applying.

Background Check
The Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) requires all incoming students to pay for a background check. This one-time fee must be paid directly to the company performing the background investigation. You will be asked to provide information and make the payment once you have been officially accepted into the program. For more information, please see the School of Health Professions Background Check Instructions.


The University of Kansas prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion, sex, national origin, age, ancestry, disability, status as a veteran, sexual orientation, marital status, parental status, gender identity, gender expression and genetic information in the University's programs and activities. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies: Director of the Office of Institutional Opportunity and Access, IOA@ku.edu, 1246 W. Campus Road, Room 153A, Lawrence, KS, 66045, (785) 864-6414, 711 TTY.

Last modified: Jul 29, 2013
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