Medical Laboratory Science Application

The highly competitive Medical Laboratory Science Program accepts up to nine students among college undergraduates and recent college graduates every six months. Our program promotes a broad view of diversity in both our workforce and student population.

The Medical Laboratory Science Program accepts applications for two classes:

  • January – December
  • July – June

Admissions Requirements

To apply, you must meet one of the following two criteria:

1. Completion of three years at one of our affiliated universities

These students are on track to complete a degree in Medical Technology or Medical Laboratory Science and will earn their final 30 credit hours toward a bachelor’s degree in our program.

Affiliated universities include:

2. A bachelor’s degree in:

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Microbiology
  • A related science

The degree must have included all of the following coursework:

Chemistry: 16 credit hours
Includes general and upper division lecture and laboratory courses

  • General Chemistry I and II (lecture and lab)
  • Biochemistry (lab not required)

Biology: 16 credit hours
Includes general and upper division lecture and laboratory courses
Note: Microbiology and immunology must be separate courses.

  • General biology
  • Physiology (Human preferred)
  • Microbiology (Pathogenic preferred)
  • Genetics
  • Immunology (lab not required)

Math: Three or more credit hours
College level or equivalent

Other preferred prerequisites:

  • Cell biology
  • Molecular biology
  • Parasitology
  • Virology

Additional Program Requirements

  • A minimum GPA of 2.5 on 4.0 scale
  • Applicants with coursework completed more than seven years ago may be required to take additional courses before program admission.
  • Completion of the following prior to admission:
    • Health assessment, including immunization status
    • Drug screen
    • Criminal background check

International Student Requirements

Applicants who completed their education outside of the United States and will not be awarded a U. S. baccalaureate degree must submit the following with their application:

  • Photocopy of transcript and degree
  • Transcript evaluation from an acceptable United States evaluation agency (comprehensive list on ASCP website)
  • Documentation of legal and permanent eligibility for employment in the United States

Applicants may be required to complete additional prerequisite coursework if deemed necessary based on the transcript evaluation.

English Proficiency
Because the ability to communicate effectively is an essential skill for health care professionals, students applying to Saint Luke’s Medical Lab Science Program must demonstrate oral and written communication proficiency in the English language. Students for whom English is a second language must meet these requirements by achieving minimum scores on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).

Applicants must:

  • Demonstrate minimum TOEFL scores
  • Achieve an overall score of 600 (paper-based) or 90 (internet-based)
  • Have individual scores of Good or High (ranges on TOEFL website) for Reading, Listening, Speaking, Writing
  • Include TOEFL scores on application
  • Submit official TOEFL score report to SLH CLS Program with application

Application Process

To apply:

  • Complete the online application
  • Send in official college/university transcript (in a sealed envelope with an application or mailed separately)
  • Pay the application fee: $35 check payable to SLH CLS Program (included with application)

Transcripts and application fee should be mailed to:

Matthew A. Loeb, MLS (ASCP)
MLS Program Director
Saint Luke’s Hospital
4401 Wornall
Kansas City MO 64111

Next Steps

Following the receipt of all application materials, the most highly qualified applicants will be scheduled for interviews.

Applicant selection

The following factors are considered in assessing an applicant’s admission to the program:

  • Academic record and course load
  • College advisor and academic/professional references
  • Attention to detail and instructions
  • Personal statement
  • College affiliation
  • Communication skills, written and oral
  • Professional demeanor
  • Career aspirations