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.

Upon acceptance into the MLS programs, a clinical affiliate placement is guaranteed; however, 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

  • 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
  • Physiology: 3-4 hours to PSIO 241 or BIOL 235
  • Medical Terminology: 3 hours equivalent to PALM 200
  • General Education Foundations: Although not required for admission to the Medical Laboratory Science programs, eight credits of Organic Chemistry and eight credits of Physics are suggested 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 WVU freshman may be admitted directly into the Medical Laboratory Science Program with a minimum high school GPA of 3.75, 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/math pre-requisite GPA of 3.0 or above at each review period; and not receive a 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/Math pre-requisite


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

Letters of Recommendation

Two letters of recommendation are required, one preferably from a college science professor.

English Language Proficiency Requirements for those applying to the CLS or HTL programs.

All applicants seeking admission into either the CLS or HTL programs must demonstrate the ability to read, write, speak and understand the English language.  Applicants for whom English is not their native language (often international applicants and/or foreign graduates) may demonstrate proficiency by providing documentation of:

  • Internet-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL iBT) exam total score of 83 with a 26 or higher on the speaking portion


  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) band exam score of 6.5

TOEFL or IELTS scores must be less than 3 years old.  Arrangements and costs incurred for the TOEFL or IELTS will be the responsibility of the applicant.  Only official score reports will be accepted.

Documentation of scores must be submitted with the application, before the application deadline, to be considered for admission to either the CLS or HTL program. 

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.