Application Process

Each year the Medical Laboratory Science Division selects a limited number of students to the Tracks in Clinical Laboratory Science and Histotechnology from the applications received. Applications will be accepted beginning  December 1. 

The application fee is $50.00 for in-state and out-of-state applicants and $65.00 for international applicants. In the event that the class is not filled by those applications, the deadline may be extended.

If a student is accepted into the MLS professional program, a clinical affiliate placement is guaranteed, but the clinical affiliate assignment to a specific clinical affiliate site location is not guaranteed. Students who are assigned to off-campus sites will relocate to those sites for the final semester of the senior year. Students are responsible for their own housing and transportation.

Pre-requisite Courses

  • English: 6 hours of Composition and Rhetoric equivalent to ENGL 101 and 102 or ENGL 103 satisfying General Education Foundation 1
  • Biology: 8 hours of General Biology with laboratory equivalent to BIOL 101, 102, 103, and 104 or BIOL 115 and 117
  • Chemistry:
    • 8 hours of Inorganic Chemistry with laboratory equivalent to CHEM 115 and 116
    • 8 hours of Organic Chemistry  with laboratory equivalent to CHEM 233, 235, 234 and 236
      *CHEM 231 Organic Chemistry: Brief Course may be substituted for 
      CHEM 233, 235, 234 and 236, however two semesters of organic 
      chemistry are strongly recommended to better prepare for the professional curriculum. 
      (Transfer students must complete 8 hours of Organic Chemistry including a laboratory.)
  • Mathematics: 3 hours (MATH 126 or higher)
  • Statistics: 3 hours of Statistics equivalent to STAT 211 or ECON 225
  • General Education Foundations 4-7.

Although not required for admission to the Medical Laboratory Science Division, eight credits of Organic Chemistry and eight credits of Physics are suggested as electives for those students interested in applying to medical school.  Students may also consider substituting BIOL 115 and 117 for BIOL 101, 102, 103 and 104.

Direct Admit Program

Entering freshman may be admitted directly into the Medical Laboratory Science Division with a high school GPA of 3.75 or above, and a minimum math component ACT score of 26 or a minimum math component SAT score of 610. Students admitted via this route must maintain an overall, and science and math pre-requisite GPA ≥3.0 at each review period; and receive no final course grade lower than a C in any science or math pre-requisite course  prior to beginning the program.  In addition to the above requirements, direct admit students are required to take PALM 100, 101, 200 and 201. Any student who fails to meet the direct admit criteria will be permitted to apply through regular admission.

Grade Point Average

  • 2.5 Overall and Science


Qualified applicants will be interviewed by the Medical Laboratory Science Admissions Committee.

Letters of Recommendation

Two letters of recommendation are required—at least one must be from a college science professor.

International Applicants 

Applicants who have successfully completed a degree outside of the US are required to submit a copy of their degree or diploma and an official transcript in their native language and translated in English.   In addition, proof of graduation must be provided.  International applicants whose native language is not English are also required to demonstrate sufficient mastery of English via the TOEFL ( Internet-Based ≥ 61, Paper-Based ≥ 500) or IELTS (score ≥ 6.0) for consideration for admission.  All international transcripts are reviewed by the International Office within the Office of Admissions on the main campus.

For further information, please call 304-293-2069 or e-mail:

HSC Student Laptop Computer Program

When a student enters the MLS Program, participation in the Health Sciences Student Laptop Computer Program is mandatory.  This one-time cost of the laptop will be a separate item on the tuition and fees bill for the first semester (fall) within the Program.  The cost of this required laptop is a recognized educational requirement and will be included in financial aid calculations.  The laptop will be utilized in every class, including testing, and other out of class assignments.  Due to the security needed for specific programs on the laptop, students are unable to use their own computer for testing and classroom work.