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. If you are an applicant, you can access the recommendation form here.

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
  • Mathematics: 3 hours of College Algebra (MATH 124) or higher
  • Statistics: 3 hours of Statistics equivalent to STAT 211 or ECON 225
  • Physiology: 3-4 hours equivalent to PSIO 241 or BIOL 235 (or 2 semesters of combined Anatomy and Physiology courses)
  • Medical Terminology: 3 hours equivalent to PALM 200
  • General Education Foundations: 1-7

*CHEM 231 Organic Chemistry:Brief Course may be substituted for CHEM 233, 235, 234 and 236.
Students interested in pursuing professional or graduate programs are strongly recommended to take the 8 hours of organic chemistry. 
Transfer students must complete 8 hours in organic chemistry with laboratory.

Although not required for admission to the medical laboratory science tracks in clinical laboratory science and histotechnology, eight credits of physics and cell biology are recommended for those students interested in applying to medical, dental, or other graduate programs. 

Direct Admit Program

Entering WVU freshman may be admitted directly into the Medical Laboratory Science Program with a minimum math component ACT score of 22, or a minimum math component SAT score of 540, or placement into CHEM 110, and a high school GPA requirement of 2.0 or higher.  Students admitted via this route must maintain a minimum 3.0 overall GPA, and a minimum 2.75 science/math pre-requisite GPA at each review period.  In addition to the above requirements, direct admit students are required to take PALM 100, 101, 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.

Recommendation Forms

Two recommendation forms 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.