Admission Requirements

A student may declare a MLS major at any time; no application is needed for the PreProfessional Phase, the first two years of the major.  However, there is an admission process for the MLS Program/Professional Phase which encompasses the last two years of study including the summer between the third and fourth years.  Normal time of entry into the Professional Phase Program is the fall semester, third year.  Admission to UIS does not guarantee admission to the Medical Laboratory Science Program/Professional Phase. In addition to completing the UIS application process, interested applicants should contact the department for an application or print off the application at the bottom of this web page.  Students are encouraged to apply in December or January of their second year so they are eligible for UIS scholarships with February deadlines.

Applicants must also forward a written statement of their academic and professional goals and the names and addresses of two college science instructors (preferably one biology and one chemistry) for use as references to the Medical Laboratory Science Department chair. A personal interview may be required. Admission is competitive and selective. For best consideration applicants should complete the application process by February 1. GPA is the main consideration, however references and the goals statement are also considered. Qualified applicants who complete the application process after February 1 will be considered for any remaining spots.

All students are encouraged to meet with the MLS Program Director or a MLS advisor before initial registration and periodically thereafter in order to prepare a plan to ensure that all requirements are met in the minimum amount of time.  There is no advance placement and no credits for experiential learning.

The transfer option provides for the continuing education of students who have completed the first two years of lower-division work (preferably with the A.A. or A.S. degree). Transfer students must apply to UIS before or at the same as application to the MLS Program.  See the MLS Program Director regarding questions about transfer of credits.

Prerequisite courses required for admission to the MLS Professional Phase Program include:

  • 90 quarter hours or 60 semester hours of lower-division courses including the UIS general education requirements, detailed in the UIS catalog.
  • 2 semesters of general chemistry
  • 1 semester of organic chemistry (recommend the lab also)
  • 2 semesters of biological sciences, preferably the first biology course for majors and another course
  • 1 semester of statistics or higher math
  • 1 semester of microbiology with lab (in addition to the 2 biological science courses above)

Science courses should be those for science majors.  Recommended courses include genetics and a second semester of organic chemistry.

Students should consult with advisors for specific guidance regarding completion of general education requirements. Six of the ten upper division general education requirements, called “ECCE” courses, are included in the MLS Program.

Application Process to CLS Professional Phase Program

Applicants in consultation with their physicians should assure that the applicant can perform the Essential Functions (found here and in the MLS Student Handbook).

Application to the Program/Professional Phase includes submission of 1) a complete CLS Application for Admission (found below or from the office manager in HSB 314); 2) a written statement in your own words of your academic and professional goals; and 3) names and contact information (email addresses, phone numbers, etc) of two college science instructors for use as references.  Preferred references would be one biology and one chemistry instructor.  A personal interview may be required.  Admission to the MLS Program is competitive and selective.  Students are encouraged to apply by February 1st for best consideration.  Cumulative GPA is the main consideration, however references and the written statements are also considered.  The best qualified applicants will be offered admissions as space permits.  There is no appeal of the department’s decision.  The admission process is approved by the university and complies with nondiscrimination policies (

CLS Application for Admission to Professional Phase