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Bachelor of Science in Medical Laboratory Science

Admission Requirements

The Medical Laboratory Science major is open to all students who meet the program’s admission requirements established by the College of Allied Health Sciences. Students can confirm that they meet CAHS admission requirements here

Students declaring the MLS major are not guaranteed admission to the clinical year which is competitive and requires a separate application. Completion of the clinical year is required to graduate with a BS-MLS and to be eligible for the national certification exam.  

High School Students:

UC admits students with a holistic application process. UC Undergraduate Admissions provides prospective students with information about the program and its admission requirements. Contact information for UC Admissions is listed in the BS-MLS How to Apply section.  

Non-UC Transfer and UC Transition Students:

Transfer students from other accredited colleges or universities and transition students (UC students currently in other majors) can check transition requirements here.  Please refer to specific instructions in the BS-MLS How to Apply section.  

Certificate Students:

Students who have earned a bachelor’s degree in a science field may apply to the Certificate in Medical Laboratory Science program to complete the clinical year which qualifies them to sit for the national certification exam. Transcripts from all institutions will be evaluated for essential courses. Students lacking essential science courses will be required to complete them prior to admission to the program.  

International Students: 

All non-US university transcripts require an accompanying course-by-course evaluation by a member of the National Association of Credit Evaluators (naces.org), such as World Education Services (wes.org). The evaluation must include the number of credit hours taken and a cumulative GPA. Have the evaluator send UC both the original official transcripts and the course-by-course evaluation.Transcripts from all institutions will be evaluated for essential courses. Students lacking essential science courses will be required to complete them prior to admission to the program. The TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) exam is also required for all international students. Score requirements for the exam can be found on the UC International Student Services Website. UC Admissions provides prospective students with information about the program and its admission requirements. Contact information for UC Admissions is listed in the BS-MLS How to Apply section.  

Students with an AS Degree (Online program): 

Individuals who are certified CLTs or MLTs are eligible for our online program. Details regarding the curriculum and admission are available on the website for the AS to BS Medical Laboratory Science Online program.

Clinical Year:

Students complete the BS-MLS with a clinical year which begins only in the fall and runs for three full-time semesters, ending after the summer semester. Students may apply to complete the clinical year part time or with a Co-op option, both of which require two years to complete. All prerequisite courses must be completed before starting the clinical year.  

Admission to the clinical year is competitive and requires a separate application. Admission priority is given to UC students in the BS-MLS program. Students are encouraged to work with an advisor to assess their eligibility and strengthen their application. Individuals interested in the clinical portion of the program must complete an application packet which includes a health form and three references, at least two of which should be from science faculty. Select students will also be interviewed.  

Application packets are available in the program office and in the How to Apply section. Applications should be submitted by December 1st the year before students wish to start the clinical year. Invitations to interview and acceptance decisions generally occur during the first half of the spring semester to admit students who will begin their clinical year in the fall.  

Learn more about the clinical year and application:

FAQs for MLS Clinical Application (PDF)

Students with additional questions not addressed in the program website can contact the CAHS Office of Student Affairs at cahs.advising@uc.edu or Ms. Mel Woods at mel.woods@uc.edu

UC's Medical Laboratory Science program is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS), 5600 N River Rd., Suite 720, Rosemont, IL 60018  |  (773) 714-7880 |  (773) 714-7886 (FAX)

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Medical Laboratory Sciences
Ms. Mel Woods
3202 Eden Avenue
P.O. Box 670394
Cincinnati, OH 45267-0394
Email: woodsm2@ucmail.uc.edu
Office: 513-558-2901
Fax: 513-558-7428 

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