School of Medical Laboratory Science Admission Requirements

Academic Requirements

Applicants enrolled in Medical Laboratory Science curriculums at a Michigan university AND who meet the program prerequisites are considered first. Applicants from out of state institutions are considered for admission if a baccalaureate degree has been earned and all other requirements have been met.

Applicants must have a G.P.A. of 2.8 (on a 4.0 scale) both overall and in all science/math prerequisite courses listed below.

Foreign transcripts must be evaluated by a designated agency for course credit and grades, including GPA. (See Application Process page.)

Pre-requisite Courses

Successful completion of the following college-level courses (a minimum of 16 semester hours biology and 16 semester hours chemistry) within the last seven years.

  • General Biology
  • General Chemistry I and II
  • Organic Chemistry or Biochemistry
  • Clinical Chemistry including laboratory
  • General Microbiology (including Bacteriology)
  • Medical Microbiology including laboratory
  • Mycology and Parasitology (combined course acceptable)
  • Clinical Immunology
  • Hematology and Hemostasis including laboratory
  • Immunohematology including laboratory
  • Physiology
  • Mathematics (algebra or higher)
  • Statistics
  • Computer Applications (or demonstrated proficiency)


  • Clinical Immunology, Immunohematology, Clinical Chemistry, Clinical Microbiology and Hematology/Hemostasis courses must have been completed at a U.S. college or university.
  • Contact Program Director for alternative substitutions.

Recommended Courses

  • Anatomy
  • Epidemiology
  • Genetics
  • Clinical Laboratory Instrumentation
  • Management
  • Virology
  • Molecular Pathology/Molecular Biology
  • Physics

If you are not currently in a medical laboratory science program at a U.S. college/university and/or lack our required prerequisite courses, various metro-Detroit universities offer the above clinical laboratory science courses. These include: Oakland University-School of Health Sciences; Wayne State University-Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology Program; University of Michigan-Flint - School of Health Professions; and Eastern Michigan University - School of Health Sciences. See the Michigan Laboratory Science Educators (MALSE) website for the complete listing of colleges and universities in Michigan and the United States.

Essential Functions

Essential functions represent the essential non-academic requirement of the School of Medical Laboratory Science that students must master to successfully participate in the program. In general, students must be able to affirm their abilities of manual dexterity, vision, health, behavior, intellectual skills and communication. Please read the Essential Functions document and acknowledge on the application that you have read them.

View, download and print the Essential Functions document.

Acceptance into the School of Medical Laboratory Science program is dependent upon many factors, including the student's grades, letters of recommendation, statement of career goals, academic and work experiences, successful completion of a physical examination performed by the Beaumont Health System Occupational Health Service, and assessment by the Admissions Committee of a candidate's potential ability to meet the above mentioned Essential Functions.

Upon admission to the program, students will be asked to affirm their ability to perform this specific list of functions either with or without a reasonable accommodation.

"IV. Students

A. Publications and Disclosures

1. The following must be defined, published, and readily available to prospective and enrolled students:

f. admission criteria, including essential functions

(Taken from: NAACLS Standards for Accredited and Approved Programs, published by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences, Adopted 2012, Revised 2015, page 6)

Pre-Orientation Clinical Competencies

In preparation for this experience, admitted students will receive a written assignment titled "Pre-Orientation Clinical Competencies" via email one month prior to the program orientation start date. These competencies will cover the theoretical knowledge and basic laboratory skill background that students are expected already posses from the required university course work.

More specifically, the competencies will consist of 30 - 50 questions from the following laboratory disciplines - Blood Bank, Chemistry, Hematology and Microbiology. Each student is required to write, type or draw the answers for all the provided questions. The assignment will be due to the program director the first day of program orientation. The clinical faculty will review them for completeness. Students will be expected to review and understand this information. They will be given a graded pre-test on the first day in these respective laboratory courses.

Physical Exam

Students accepted in to the program will be required to pass a physical examination through the Hospital Occupational Health Services before beginning the program. The examination includes, but is not limited to: general physical examination; chest x-ray; blood and urinalysis tests; tuberculosis (TB) testing; drug, alcohol and nicotine screening; evidence of immunity to rubella, mumps, varicella zoster, rubeola and pertussis. In addition, students will be required to receive (or show proof) of Hepatitis B vaccine, influenza vaccine and Tdap vaccination.