Earn your Bachelor’s degree in Medical Laboratory Science at The Ohio State University.

Admission to the Medical Laboratory Science program is based on a combination of the following:
  • Overall academic achievement (cumulative GPA) 
  • Strong academic performance in math, chemistry, and biology (science GPA)
  • Knowledge of the field with a strong personal statement
  • Completion of program prerequisites 
Completion of all admission criteria does not assure that the applicant will be selected for admission. Our maximum enrollment is limited to 25 students for the certification track and five for the graduate track. However, there is no maximum enrollment for the medical science and MLT tracks.

Admission and Application Procedures

Admission and Application Procedures

Students are required to have a minimum GPA of 2.50 to be considered for admission into any undergraduate track. Graduate applicants must have a minimum 3.0 GPA and GRE scores that are competitive for admission into the OSU Graduate School. The average GPA for the 2016 admitted class was 3.34. Any questions regarding GPA calculation and/or transfer credits should be directed to the Professional Admissions Office at (614) 292-9444.

Some of our course prerequisites must be completed prior to starting the program. There is a place on the application to indicate if you plan on completing them between your application submission and the start of the program. In these instances admission will be conditional pending their satisfactory completion. All other prerequisite courses are not mandatory for admission, but the more you have completed the better your chances for admission. It is highly recommended that you complete as many as possible in advance to avoid scheduling conflicts with your MEDLBS courses that may result in a delay in graduation.

Program Prerequisites

Program Prerequisites

Students who wish to apply to the MLS program must have completed all of the following prerequisite course equivalents or their equivalent with a C- or higher.  Most of the prerequisites must be completed by the end of summer term prior to enrollment in the professional program. However, the number you have completed is considered in the admissions process. The following table describes which prerequisites required for admission to the MLS program. Some prerequisites do not need to be completed until autumn semester of second year in MLS program, but may have schedule conflicts with MEDLBS courses.


Certification Track
Math 1150 or higher
Chemistry 1210
Chemistry 1220
Biology 1113
Statistics 1450
Microbiology 4000
Molecular Genetics
4500^
Chemistry 2510^
& Biochemistry 4511^
OR
Molecular Biochemistry
3311^ & 3312^
Medical Science Track
Math 1150 or higher
Chemistry 1210
Chemistry 1220
Biology 1113
Statistics 1450
Microbiology 4000
Molecular Genetics 4500^
Chemistry 2510^
& Biochemistry 4511^
MLT Articulation Track
Math 1148
Chemistry 1210
Chemistry 1220
Biology 1113
Statistics 1350
Molecular Genetics 4500^
Biochemistry 2210^
 
Coordinated Graduate Track
Math 1150 or higher
Chemistry 1210
Chemistry 1220
Biology 1113
Statistics 1450
Microbiology 4000
Molecular Genetics 4500^
Chemistry 2510^
& Biochemistry 4511^
OR
Molecular Biochemistry 3311^
& 3312^
 

^ = Must be completed prior to autumn semester of second year in MLS program

Additional Information

Additional Information

Application Procedure

Those interested in any of our four tracks should read this entire section regarding the application process. 

Our application process is done through the Professional Admissions office. Please visit their website or contact them with questions about transcript evaluation, the actual application, fees, language tests, etc. You can click on the link at the very bottom of this page to be taken to the specific directions and actual online application.

Certification Track

Each year the Medical Laboratory Science application window for the certification track opens on September 1 for admission the following autumn. The MLS program will accept all applications for the certification track until the January 31 deadline. If the division feels that we have not received enough qualified applicants from this initial applicant pool, the applicant window MAY be re-opened beyond that date. Please check the Professional Admissions website to view the current closing date for this application cycle.

All certification track applications will be held until after the January 31st deadline and then the admissions committee will select the top candidates and offer them admission to the program. It is possible that your application may be placed on "hold" until we receive your spring term grades. You will be notified if this is the case for your application. Some students may be selected as "alternates" and would be notified of this status as well.

Medical Science Track

Students interested in the medical science track are welcome to apply any semester. HOWEVER, it is strongly recommended that you apply for autumn semester admission. Our MEDLBS courses are highly sequenced and are tailored to those beginning in autumn. Students starting in other semesters may expect to need more than the typical number of semesters to graduate. You should apply to the semester in which you plan on starting actual MEDLBS coursework (our program does not currently offer any summer coursework). Application deadline for this track is May 15 for the following autumn. Deadlines for other terms can be found on the Professional Admissions website.

For the medical science track the admissions committee will evaluate all applications as they arrive and make admissions decisions throughout the application period. In order to assure that your application is processed prior to the beginning of your semester of desired enrollment you MUST apply and submit all necessary materials by the date posted on the Professional Admissions website. Any applications not received in the MLS Division for review at least 90 days prior to the beginning of the semester is NOT guaranteed to be processed in time for the first day of class.
 
MLT Articulation Track

Students interested in the MLT articulation track are welcome to apply any semester. However, it is strongly recommended that you apply for autumn semester admission. Our MEDLBS courses are highly sequenced and are tailored to those beginning in autumn. Students starting in other semesters may expect to need more than the typical number of semesters to graduate. You should apply to the semester in which you plan on starting actual MEDLBS coursework (our program does not currently offer any summer coursework). Application deadline for this track is May 15 for the following autumn. Deadlines for other terms can be found on the Professional Admissions website.

For the MLT articulation track the admissions committee will evaluate all applications as they arrive and make admissions decisions throughout the application period. In order to assure that your application is processed prior to the beginning of your semester of desired enrollment you MUST apply and submit all necessary materials by the date posted on the Professional Admissions website. Any applications not received in the MLS Division for review at least 90 days prior to the beginning of the semester is NOT guaranteed to be processed in time for the first day of class.

Coordinated Graduate Track

Each year the Medical Laboratory Science application windows for the graduate programs open on September 1 for admission the following autumn. The MLS program will accept all applications for graduate track until December 1. If the division feels that we have not received enough qualified applicants from this initial applicant pool, the applicant window MAY be re-opened beyond that date. Please check the Professional Admissions website to view the current closing date for this application cycle. Applicants for the coordinated graduate track should not complete an application to The OSU Graduate School Admissions at this time. You will need to complete the application provided by The Professional Admissions office like our other tracks.

For admission questions please contact our Admissions Coordinator by email or call (614) 366-7677.

For questions regarding the actual application process and transfer credits contact the Professional Admissions office at (614) 292-9444.

Learn more about Graduate and Professional Admissions.

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