Application Procedures for Admission into the CLS

To be eligible for admission, the student must be accepted by the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) and have completed or be in the process of completing the pre-professional requirements. Application procedures may be initiated upon completion of 30 semester hours of college work. We encourage you to print an admissions checklist to guide you in the application process. A summary of TOEFL Requirements for International Students is available at TOEFL for International Students.

To be considered for acceptance into the UTMB CLS Program, the applicant must:

  1. Submit all required application materials to:
    Enrollment Services
    The University of Texas Medical Branch
    301 University Boulevard
    Galveston, Texas 77555-1305

    Required application materials include:
    1. UTMB application (submit online). You must also include the following items:
      1. the required application fee
      2. your signed and dated supporting statement
      3. if you are MLT trained or certified, please indicate this fact in your supporting statement

    2. Transcripts from all previously attended universities and colleges.
      1. Foreign transcripts evaluation information (PDF format) .
      2. Applicants are strongly encouraged to request to have their transcripts sent ELECTRONICALLY to UTMB whenever possible. Electronic submission greatly expedites processing and improves the accuracy of transcript evaluation. The accepted standard for this process in Texas goes by the name SPEEDE.

    3. Three (3) references (name and email address) MUST be listed in the application prior to submission, emails from Enrollment services will be sent to your references, ask each reference to add to their contact list so they can receive email from Enrollment Services.

  2. GPA Requirement
      a.  BSCLS degree applicants, present a minimum overall 2.0 GPA and a 2.0 GPA in science courses on a 4.0 scale.

      b. MSCLS degree, an overall 3.0 GPA and a 3.0 GPA in science courses on a 4.0 scale is required.

  3. Standardized Test Requirements
      a.  BSCLS degree applicants, have passed the Texas Higher Education Assessment (THEA) before admission, though exemptions are possible.  

      b.  MSCLS degree applicants, complete the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) (general aptitude section).

  4. Complete personal interviews with the faculty of the Department of Clinical Laboratory Sciences.

Please note:

  1. All application materials (refer to section 1 above) must be received by UTMB Enrollment Services no later than:
    1. Most applicants (and not listed below): July 1 †
    2. MSCLS for CLS Graduates applicants(for spring semester): December 1
    3. CLT-to-CLS and categorical certificate applicants (for spring semester): December 1
    4. MSCLS for CLS Graduates applicants(for summer semester): April 1
    5. CLT-to-CLS and categorical certificate applicants (for summer semester): April 1

  2. Admission to the professional phase of the program is determined by the CLS Admissions Committee. (Must meet the Technical Standards as outlined here.)
  3. As a condition of admission, all matriculating students must complete a security background check, at cost to the student. Information will be sent to you about this background check after you are granted admission to the program.
  4. Students are required to have a laptop computer for participation in and completion of class activities.
  5. Classes begin in the Fall Term for on-campus students. Distance (MLT) students may begin the program in any semester, though not all courses are offered every semester.

* Reference letter forms should be completed by individuals who can evaluate your work and professional ethics, study habits, and classroom/laboratory outcomes. These individuals may include a faculty member, teaching assistant, or work supervisor. If you have volunteer experience in the field of health care, the volunteer coordinator who supervised your experience may be able to complete the form. These forms must be mailed or emailed directly from the individual completing the recommendation to the address at the bottom of the form.

† Applications received after this date may be considered for the current year if there is class space available; otherwise, they will be considered for the following year.

Applicants holding baccalaureate degrees in other fields may enroll in the Clinical Laboratory Sciences curriculum and work toward a second baccalaureate degree, provided the pre-professional course of study, as described, has been completed prior to matriculation.

With departmental approval, non-degree-seeking students may be enrolled in Clinical Laboratory Sciences courses. Non-degree-seeking students who desire degree-seeking status must be competitive with other applicants. In addition to successfully fulfilling all other criteria in the application process, these students must have earned a minimum of "C" in all Clinical Laboratory Sciences courses in which they have been enrolled.