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Eligibility Requirements

Applicants must have earned a bachelor's degree in a life science (e.g., biochemistry, biology, cell biology, clinical laboratory science, microbiology, molecular biosciences etc.) prior to enrollment in the program. An applicant with a degree in other than a life science may be considered for admission provided the prerequisite course work 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 toward completion of a bachelor's degree at the time of application, but must have completed their degree requirements before enrolling in courses.

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: Applications cannot be completely processed until KU has received GRE scores. Use institution code 6895 to have an official copy of GRE scores sent 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. A subject test is not required.

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

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.

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.

Background Check: The Joint Commission requires all incoming students to provide KU with a background check report. This one-time fee must be paid directly to the company performing the background investigation. Students will be asked to provide information and make payment once accepted into the program. For more information, please see the School of Health Professions background check instructions.

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Last modified: Jun 26, 2020

Prospective Students
The priority deadline to apply to this program is February 1. Applications may be accepted after the deadline based on space available in the next class.

Learn about the program:

Program overview

Eligibility and requirements


How to Apply

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