Admission Process

Admission Requirements

Applicants must possess a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university or be eligible to receive the baccalaureate degree upon successful completion of the clinical year in the Medical Laboratory Science Program. Individuals who are considered eligible are required to have a minimum of three years (90 semester or 136 quarter hours) of college credits. The three year applicant must submit verification that all academic requirements for graduation have been met at an accredited college or university. After successful completion of the clinical year, the student will be awarded a baccalaureate degree from the accredited college or university and receive a certificate of completion from Vanderbilt University Medical Center Programs in Allied Health.

The content of courses must be applicable towards a major in that area or in medical laboratory science. Survey courses are not accepted towards the requirements. All prerequisite courses must be completed prior to the beginning of the MLS program in order to be considered. Out of the 90 total semester hours (136 quarter hours) required for acceptance into the program, a minimum number of classes and hours is required in the following concentrations:

  • A minimum of 16 semester hours or 24 quarter hours of Chemistry
  1. Required: Organic or Biochemistry
  2. Recommended: Quantitative Analytical Chemistry, Clinical Instrumentation
  • A minimum of 16 semester or 24 quarter hours of Biological Sciences
  1. Required: Microbiology, Immunology (these are separate courses)
  2. Recommended: Genetics, Anatomy & Physiology
  • A minimum of 3 semester hours or 4.5 quarter hour of College Mathematics (at College Algebra level or higher)
  1. Recommended: Statistics, Physics, and Computer courses
  • A minimum overall and science academic average of 2.5 (4.0 scale)


  • Individuals who meet the minimum requirements seven years or more prior to application are requested to update their coursework in Immunology. Other areas suggested for updating include Microbiology, Genetics and Organic and or Biochemistry


  • Essential Functions:  Applicants must possess the physical capability and manual dexterity required to perform phlebotomy and routine laboratory procedures. These include, but are not limited to, repetitive hand motions, differentiation of colors for interpretation of color reactions and cellular morphology. Applicants must also possess the physical ability to work with laboratory computers and communicate effectively with medical technologists, patients, physicians and other health care professionals. This ability is assessed from references and the interview process.

The Application Process

Individuals from any accredited college or university who meet the minimum academic requirements are eligible for admission into the program. Applications should be submitted prior to November 1 to assure sufficient time for processing information and scheduling of an interview. If you have missed the deadline and you are still interested, please send your application in as quickly as possible. Late applications will be handled on a case by case basis.

Applicants must submit the following:

  • Completed program application (which may be down loaded from this site as a .doc file or PDF)
  • Official transcripts form all universities and colleges attended
  • A list of courses in progress or to be completed prior to the June admission date.
  • Three references with a minimum of two from current or previous faculty, and one from an employer or individual familiar with the applicant's character. These should be submitted on the enclosed evaluation form, but may include a personalized letter of reference as well. 


Foreign Student Applicants

Applications from foreign students enrolled in an American college or university will be handled in the same manner as non-foreign students enrolled in those colleges or universities. Those applicants with a baccalaureate degree or equivalent from a foreign college or university are required to submit the following additional information:

  • An official detailed transcript evaluation from an approved agency indicating the courses taken, credit hours and grades. A list of approved agencies is available upon request.
  • Submit scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) exam.