Molecular Pathology Admissions Requirements | Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center

MP Admissions Information

The MP program begins in late May of each year. Please visit the links below for deadline information. The online applications and all supporting documentation must be received by the deadline.

Admissions Requirements

  1. Online Application

    Applicants for the Molecular Pathology program must complete the TTUHSC SHP online application

  2. Application Fee

    The $75.00 application fee may be paid by credit card through the online application system. You may also pay by check or money order. Please mail your check or money order to the Office of Admissions and Student Affairs (3601 4th Street MS 6294, Lubbock, TX 79430). Please make checks and money orders payable to "TTUHSC."

  3. Official Transcripts

    The Office of Admissions and Student Affairs must receive a current, official transcript from every institution that you've attended. If you have attended TTU or TTUHSC, you only need to send official transcripts from the other institutions you've attended. Electronic transcripts are preferred and should be sent to Hard copies of official transcripts must be in a sealed envelope from the institution. Please send all hard copies of official transcripts to the following address:

    TTUHSC SHP Admissions and Student Affairs
    3601 4th Street MS 6294
    Lubbock, TX 79430

    Foreign Transcripts: International applicants who have taken any courses outside of the U.S. must have a foreign transcript evaluation from a foreign transcript evaluation agency. We do not madate evaluations come from a certain company; however, they must be a course by course evaluation.

    Foreign transcript evaluations must be official, coming directly from the evaluation agency.

    If multiple Institutions outside of the U.S. have been attended; the evaluation must include all institutions attended.

    Foreign transcript evaluations should be submitted to:

    TTUHSC School of Health Professions
    3601 4th Street MS 6294
    Lubbock, TX 79430

  4. Official GRE Scores

    The GRE is not required for the MP program.

  5. Bachelor's Degree

    A Bachelor's Degree is required for admission in addition to the specific prerequisite courses listed in Section 8.

  6. Minimum GPA

    A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 and a prerequisite GPA of 2.75 is required to be considered for admission. Applicants must be one of the following:

    • Graduate of a NAACLS accredited Clinical Laboratory Science Program with a national certification in clinical laboratory science
    • Graduate of an accredited university with a Bachelor's degree which includes the stated prerequisites
  7. Essay

    Applicants must complete an essay within the online application. The essay should include a self-introduction and an explanation of the applicant's interest in the Molecular Pathology program. Included should be a discussion of how the Molecular Pathology program can help the applicant reach his/her personal goals.

  8. Prerequsitie Courses

    All prerequisite courses must be complete prior to matriculation. If prerequisite courses have not been completed in the last seven years, program director approval for acceptance of courses may be required.

    Prerequisite Courses
    Course Credit Hours
    College Algebra 3 hours
    General Chemistry - lab required 8 hours
    Microbiology 4 hours
    Biochemistry 3-4 hours
    Genetics 3-4 hours
    General Biology 8 hours
    Organic Chemistry 8 hours

    Note: Recommended Courses: Cell Biology and Anatomy & Physiology

  9. International Applicants

    All foreign coursework must be evaluated by a Foreign Credential Service. We also require TOEFL/IELTS Scores for any applicant for whom English is their second language (scores are considered on a case by case basis). Please refer to our International Applicants webpage for more information and TOEFL/IELTS exemptions.

  10. Essential Functions

    The Molecular Pathology Program (MP) at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center is a vigorous and intense program that place specific professional, intellectual, physical and social requirements and demands on the students enrolled in the program. An objective of this program is to prepare graduates to enter a variety of employment settings and to render care to a wide spectrum of individuals with physical and psychosocial impairments. The essential functions set for by the MP program establish the essential qualities considered necessary for students admitted to the program to achieve the knowledge, skills, and competencies for entry-level practice. Ability to meet these essential functions is required for admission to the MP program and must be maintained throughout the terms a student is enrolled in the program. These standards are subject to amendment based on changes in health care /scope of practice.

    Accepted applicants for the MP education program will be required to verify that they understand and meet these essential functions, or that they believe that with reasonable accommodations they can meet the standards.

    In keeping with applicable federal and state law regarding disabilities, we are committed to making reasonable accommodations for individuals with disabilities to enable them to perform successfully in our program. Any student with a disability who is accepted to the MP program must contact the TTUHSC Office of Student Disability Services as soon as possible. The coordinator will evaluate the student, confirm that the stated condition qualifies as a disability under applicable laws, and determine what accommodations are reasonable.

    There are three separate and distinct components in the curriculum for the MP program. There is an academic didactic (classroom) component, a laboratory component, and a clinical/fieldwork/preceptorship/ component. Accommodations in place for the didactic component may not be available for the laboratory component, and clinical/fieldwork/preceptorship/ components in the curriculum.

    To successfully complete didactic, laboratory, and clinical/fieldwork/preceptorship portions in the MP program, an individual must meet the following essential functions:

    1. Mobility:

      1. The student must have adequate gross mobility in order to maneuver in a timely and safe fashion throughout the department.
      2. The student must be able to lift his or her arms above shoulder height in order to place or remove items of ten pound or less from shelves.
      3. The student must be able to bend over at the waist or squat (waist and knees) in order to place and remove items of ten pounds or less from drawers or cabinets.

    2. Manual Dexterity: The student must have adequate fine motor skills to be able to manipulate small objects in a safe and precise manner. Examples would include (but are not limited to) being able to operate a computer keyboard; dial a telephone; handle a pipette, use pipette tips, and reagent vials; manipulate tools and instruments used in the clinical laboratory; collect specimens, and use a pen or pencil in order to communicate effectively in writing for coursework and clinical/fieldwork/preceptorship to ensure patient/client safety.

    3. Auditory Acuity: The student must be able to hear well enough to respond to significant sounds in a clinical lab. Examples would include (but are not limited to) being able to hear signals generated from instrumentation that may indicate normal operating status, critical sample value, or equipment malfunction, and being able to hear and follow verbal instruction from a coworker or supervisor in order to ensure patient safety. (National Patient Safety Goals)

    4. Verbal Communication Skills: The student must be able to orally communicate professionally to persons on the telephone or other health care workers listening specifically to the student in person to ensure patient safety. (National Patient Safety Goals)

    5. Visual Acuity to read, write, discern colors, and use a microscope: The student must have adequate eyesight such that he/she can recognize and distinguish gradients of color (such as on an ELISA assay or FISH assay), read numbers and words either on a video display screen, computer printout, or legible handwriting, and interpret lines and points on graphs and charts to ensure patient safety.

    6. Intellectual, Conceptual, Integrative, and Quality Skills: The student must possess the ability to develop and exhibit organizational problem-solving skills. Specifically, the student must have the ability to measure, calculate, analyze, interpret, synthesize and evaluate data in a short period of time; have the ability to learn to perform duties and assignments in a timely manner while under stress in a variety of settings; exhibit the maturity to accept feedback and demonstrate professional conduct in the classroom, laboratory, and at the preceptorship site.

    7. Social Behavior Skills: Demonstrate respect for individual, social, and cultural differences in fellow students, faculty, staff, patients, clients, and patients’/clients’ families during clinical/fieldwork/ preceptorship/ and academic interactions. Demonstrate flexibility and the ability to adjust to changing situations and uncertainty in academic and clinical/fieldwork/preceptorship situations. Conduct oneself in an ethical and legal manner, demonstrating honesty, integrity, and professionalism in all interactions and situations.

Application Process

Applications are considered on a rolling basis for acceptance into the professional program. Individual applications are reviewed once materials have been received; therefore, it is in the applicant's best interest to complete their application, including submission of required documentation, as early as possible. Fulfillment of the basic requirements does not guarantee admission.

Applicants who meet the above listed requirements and are deemed competitive candidates for admission will be invited to TTUHSC for an interview. The admissions committee selects the most qualified applicants for admission by considering the following: cumulative GPA, prerequisite GPA, interview scores, student essay, and other factors.


Admission interviews are granted by the MP admissions committee by invitation only. Applicants are selected for on-campus interviews based on a holistic evaluation of their application and supporting documents.

Application Submission Checklist

  1. Online Application
  2. Application Fee
  3. Official Transcripts
  4. Proof of ASCP Certification (if applicable) in MLS degree

Contact Information

Questions regarding the application process should be directed to the Office of Admissions and Student Affairs. Please contact our office by phone at 806-743-3220 or email at