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Eligibility and Admission Requirements

Admission to the doctorate in clinical laboratory science program is a competitive application process. Applications and supporting materials are reviewed, and qualified applicants are invited for a personal interview. In order to be considered for admission into this program, the following are required.

Note: Students in this program are required to have a computer that meets the minimum software and hardware requirements.

Completed prerequisite course work

  • Bachelor's degree in a life science (e.g., biochemistry, biology, cell biology, clinical laboratory science, microbiology, molecular biosciences etc.) must be completed prior to enrollment in the program. 
  • A NAACLS-accredited MLS/MT program (or equivalent) must be completed.

Grade point average

  • Cumulative undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale is required. 
  • For applicants holding advanced degrees, the Office of Graduate Studies takes all post-secondary degrees into consideration for the determination of cumulative GPA.
  • Applicants with a GPA below 3.0 may be considered for admission on a case-by-case basis.

Entrance examination

  • Successful completion of the Graduate Record Examination OR the Medical College Admission Test taken within the last five (5) years is required. A subject test is not required for the GRE.

Required credentials

  • Professional certification as a generalist from the American Society of Clinical Pathology Board of Certification is required: MLS(ASCP)CM , MLS(ASCP)i , or MT(ASCP) with proof of continuing education equivalent to the BOC CMP.

Professional work experience

  • A minimum two-years, post-certification, full-time experience in a clinical laboratory in the U.S. as a medical laboratory scientist is required at the time of application. Preference will be given to those with experience as a generalist or who have worked in multiple areas of the clinical laboratory. Applicants with less than two-years of full-time experience may be considered for admission on a case-by-case basis.
  • The department will evaluate work experience and determine if the work experience criteria are met for each applicant.

Health and physical requirements

  • Good physical and mental health are essential. Physical or other disabilities are evaluated on a case-by-case basis by the program and by the Office of Equal Opportunity and Academic Compliance. Please review the program's technical standards for details.
  • Physical examinations are required prior to the time of registration for classes at KU Medical Center.
  • All students are required to carry health insurance. KU Medical Center offers a health insurance policy for eligible students. Selected for the Kansas Board of Regents institutions by the State of Kansas, this plan is offered through Student Health Services at KU Medical Center and is underwritten by UnitedHealthCare Student Resources. For information about the policy, please visit

    Students exclusively taking courses online are not eligible to enroll in the Basic Student Plan through UnitedHealthCare.

Background check/drug screening

  • The Joint Commission requires all incoming students to submit a background check and provide the report to the university. This one-time fee must be paid directly to the company performing the background investigation. This requirement only applies to students officially admitted into the program. A drug screen may also be required by each clinical residency site the student utilizes during the program. More: School of Health Professions background check and drug screening.

English language proficiency

All applicants, regardless of citizenship or residency status, are required to have command of the English language. Proof of English language proficiency may be required through the TOEFL or IELTS testing systems, a personal interview, the personal goals statement or other methods.

  • Internet-based TOEFL minimum requirements: at least 23 or higher on the reading and listening sections; a score of 5.0 or 23 or higher on the writing section; a score of 26 or higher on the speaking section.

  • IELTS minimum requirements: overall band score of 7.5 and no part score lower than 7.0.

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 are required for international students to become eligible for KU programs. Please review the information for international students before applying.

Last modified: Jun 26, 2020