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Throughout the application process, prospective students frequently inquire about admission requirements. 

Listed below are the most frequently asked questions regarding the School of Medical Laboratory Science (MLS) 46-week clinical laboratory education program designed for post-baccalaureate, non-MLS degree candidates.

When are the deadline dates to apply for program admission to the MLS program and what is the GPA requirement?

  • Applications are accepted from April 15th through September 15th of the previous year for January admission. A minimum GPA of 2.8 is required.

How do I go about applying to the MLS program? I graduated with a degree in biology and wanted to know if there are any specific classes I need to take before applying to the program?

  • Please review the Academic Requirements section of our webpage.
  • In addition, please review the following FAQ’s for additional information regarding pre-requisite coursework.
  • After review of the above-mentioned webpage and FAQ’s, feel free to email any other unanswered questions.

I saw that three recommendation letters were needed, one from an employer and two from science or MLS faculty to apply to the program. I just wanted to ask if the faculty had to be a professor, or could it be an advisor? 

  • We will accept a recommendation from an advisor as long as we have at least one from a professor.

I understand that the application asks for three references from an Advisor, Professor, and Employer, but I have yet to be employed so I would be short one reference. Should I get another reference from an Advisor/Instructor, ask an organizer from volunteer work, or omit the third reference in my application? More specifically, what would your program prefer?

  • We will accept a third recommendation from an Advisor, Professor or your volunteer work organizer in lieu of an employer.

When writing personal statements for the application is there a certain length that is preferred for each question? 

  • There is no word count for the personal statements. We prefer written personal statements that are no longer than 1-3 paragraphs per question. Full page statements are too wordy and time consuming to read.

I have a bachelor’s degree in forensic science and a minor in chemistry which includes all the required courses listed on the program website, and the forensic degree itself focuses on principles of biology, chemistry, and instrumentation with lab components and later applying those concepts to evidentiary analysis. I was wondering if this degree is acceptable to the program?

  • It sounds like you have reviewed the website and academic requirements very carefully. In reply to your question about the WSU course, it is listed as a seminar class versus full course with a laboratory component. Thus, we would not be able to accept it unless you can prove otherwise by providing a copy of the course syllabus.

I will be graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in Neuroscience, and I have been on the pre-med track for the past couple of years, but I am unsure whether I want to follow that pathway now. Can I apply to this program with this type of major?

  • Yes, given your degree is in a science field.

Do the pre-requisite courses need to be completed before applying to the program or before the program begins? 

  • Applicants interview in the year prior to the program start. Thus, 2023 applicants are applying for the January 2024 start date, and all pre-requisite coursework must be completed by December 2023.

Regarding the Microbiology pre-requisite course, is there a specific institution that I would need to take these through?

  • There is no specific academic institution requirement for the Microbiology courses. 

I have decided to apply to both the 26-week and 44-week programs. Should I submit two separate applications with two processing fees, or will you accept one application and processing fee for both programs?

  • One (1) application – with both programs checked off - and one (1) processing fee is acceptable.

Regarding the Introduction to Clinical Laboratory Science pre-requisite course, is it required that I take them through Oakland University and Eastern Michigan?

  • Yes, it is highly recommended that applicants complete the CLS Introduction Course, either at OU (CDS 4500- note updated course code) or at EMU (CLSC 203/204). We will consider an alternative course pending your submission of the course syllabus. NOTE: It must include a laboratory component and not be a general overview seminar course.

I have a question regarding alternative courses at Michigan State University to satisfy the Clinical Science Lab requirement of Oakland University. Would BLD2131 and BLD 313 be acceptable?

  • Yes, we would accept BLD 2131 and BLD 313 together as an acceptable alternative to the CLS introduction requirement.

How do you prefer I send in my application for the MTIMPM MLS program and processing fee?

  • U.S. mail is preferred - Regular or Priority Mail only.
  • IMPORTANT: Please do not send it via certified mail.
  • Processing fee is payable via check or money order. NO cash please.
  • Applications can also be emailed with payment of the processing fee via check or money order at the time of the interview.

What should I do if I do not hear back from you regarding my application?

  • Please be patient. We assure you that you will receive a response one way or the other. In addition, please communicate with us using one (1) email address only – not a school and personal email address together. Using two different emails causes conflict and increased time in tracking email replies to the applicant.

What if I am unable to make the scheduled interview appointment due to illness or other personal emergency?

  • Please contact our office right away if you are sick or experience any emergency, either through email or telephone to reschedule your appointment.

What is the cost of tuition for the Medical Science Laboratory Program?

  • This information is provided on the program Fees and Scholarships page.
  • The program tuition cost is $5,000 (non-refundable) and is due the first day of the month of the scheduled program start date.
  • However, the program tuition may be waived for a 2-year work agreement. Employment can be at any Beaumont Health campus and any shift, full-time or part-time. The program director will provide additional details during the interview.

Are there scholarship opportunities available for students to offset the cost of tuition?

  • Scholarships are available from many different laboratory professional organizations.
  • For more information, please refer to the program Fees and Scholarships page.

Where is this program conducted? 

  • The program is currently offered via the Beaumont Health campuses.
  • Didactic lectures are provided at the Beaumont Health Business Service Center in Southfield and/or online via Microsoft Teams.
  • Clinical rotations are conducted at various Beaumont Health hospital laboratories in the metro-Detroit cities of Dearborn, Taylor, Trenton, Wayne, Farmington Hills, Grosse Pointe and Troy.

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