Admission Requirements

General Requirements

General academic requirements for admission are those specified by the American Society of Clinical Pathology Board of Certification for eligibility to sit for the Medical Laboratory Scientist exam. Students with a bachelor's degree and all required courses will be given equal consideration with undergraduate academic affiliates who meet all requirements.

Applicants should be:

  • In good health and highly motivated
  • Fluent in written and spoken English
  • Able to discriminate between colors
  • Possess manual dexterity
  • Possess good near-sided vision

Admission to the Medical Laboratory Science program is competitive and limited to four students per year.

Application Packet Requirements

The program accepts application packets through the Monday after Thanksgiving.

To be considered for admission the student must meet the minimum GPA requirements and submit all of the following required documents:

  • Overall grade point average of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale
  • Science grade point average of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale
  • Completed MLS application
  • Completed Texas state application for employment
  • Electronically submit official college transcripts
  • Written essay
  • Two completed reference forms – Due December 1st.
  • Personal interview

Interview and Admission Process

The top twelve (12) qualified students with complete application packets who have met the minimum GPA requirements will be invited for an interview. Interviews are held during the second week of January. Applicants will be notified of their acceptance status within two weeks following completion of all interviews. The program start date is September 1st. Applying early is encouraged.

Not all qualified applicants will receive interviews.

Prerequisite College Course Work

To be considered for admission into the Austin State Hospital Medical Laboratory Science program, prospective students must have completed the following coursework with a grade of “C-” or higher before starting the program:

  1. 16 (24 quarter) hours of biology which must include one semester of:
    1. Microbiology
    2. Immunology
    3. Human Anatomy and/or Physiology
    4. Genetics and/or Molecular Biology
  2. 16 (24 quarter) hours of chemistry with one semester in organic or biochemistry
  3. Statistics or Biostatics

Carefully review the “Instructions for Completing the MLS Application” for full details about the admissions process.

Options for Completing the Program

The following three options are available for completing the program.

Baccalaureate Degree Program: Completion of all prerequisite academic courses (90-100 semester hours), as outlined in the Medical Laboratory Science degree program at each respective university. Check with the registrar of your school for exact degree requirements and school affiliations. Students from an affiliated university will receive 30 semester credit hours upon completion of the program.


Baccalaureate Degree in related science with a minimum of 16 semester hours of biological sciences (including courses in immunology, anatomy and/or physiology, genetics and/or molecular biology and microbiology), 16 semester hours of chemistry (including organic/biochemistry), and one semester of statistics. Other course work can be substituted for required courses if deemed equivalent by the university or program director.


Foreign Baccalaureate Degree: Must submit a transcript evaluation verifying U.S. baccalaureate degree equivalency with all required coursework. This evaluation must accompany the application form and will be required to determine the applicant's initial eligibility. The evaluations can be obtained from one of the evaluation agencies listed with the MLS program application.

Upon successful completion of the program the student is eligible to sit for the American Society for Clinical Pathology Board of Certification Medical Laboratory Scientist exam.