Program Prerequisites for Clinical Laboratory Sciences

To enter the CLS Program at UTMB, a student must complete a minimum of 60 semester credit hours of preparatory coursework. After the completion of approximately two years of clinical education at UTMB, in addition to the 60 hours of prerequisites, the student graduates with a Bachelor's degree in Clinical Laboratory Sciences.

We encourage you to contact our Admissions Chair, Miriam Corti, at or (409) 772-3034, to have your transcripts evaluated in order to determine what prerequisites you have satisfied. We also encourage you to print an admissions checklist to guide you in the application process.

English Composition and Speech or Writing9
United States History6
United States / Texas State Government6
Biological Sciences 18
General Microbiology 14
General Chemistry 18
Anatomy and Physiology II or Human Physiology 23
Mathematics 33
Social / Behavioral Sciences3
Visual or Performing Arts3
Electives 44
Total Prerequisite Credit Hours60


  1. Biology and chemistry science courses must be for science majors and include laboratories.
  2. Anatomy and Physiology II or Human Physiology will be required to satisfy 3 hours of Physiology
  3. The mathematics course must be college algebra or higher.
  4. Students are strongly encouraged to take courses in genetics and statistics to satisfy their elective prerequisites.
  5. A grade of 'C' or higher is required to satisfy any prerequisite.

Visit the Texas General Education Core Web Center for more information about core curriculum requirements for Texas institutions of higher education.