CLS Second Degree and Certificate Admissions Requirements | Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center

CLS Online Admissions Information

The CLS 2nd Degree and CLS Certificate programs begins in August of each year. Please visit the link below for deadline information. The online application and all supporting documentation must be received by the deadline.

Applicants are allowed to apply to more than one program; however, the prerequisite requirements for the Post-Baccalaureate Certificate and Second Degree Bachelor of Science programs are different. Please review the prerequisites for each program prior to applying. Additionally, the coursework for both programs is exactly the same. If you apply to both programs, you will be considered for the program for which you meet the requirements.

Admissions Requirements

  1. Online Application

    Applicants for the CLS Second Degree and CLS Certificate programs 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 the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, you only need to send official transcripts from the other institutions you've attended. We will require official Texas Tech University transcripts if you attended their institution. Electronic transcripts should be sent to health.professions@ttuhsc.edu. 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. Bachelor's Degree

    A Bachelor's Degree is required for admission in addition to the specific prerequisite courses listed in Section 6.

  5. Minimum GPA

    A minimum cumulative GPA of a 2.5 is required; this includes all courses taken at every institution attended. A minimum science prerequisite GPA of a 2.5 is also required.

  6. Prerequisite Coursework

    All prerequisite courses must be complete prior to matriculation. Applicants who have completed all or most of their prerequisite coursework at the time of application may be at an advantage during the admissions process. Courses must be completed with a "C" or above to be considered for prerequisite credit.

    CLS Second Degree Prerequisites

    Science Prerequisites
    Course 28 Credit Hours
    General Chemistry I with lab 4 hours
    General Chemistry II with lab 4 hours
    Biology I or A&P I with lab 4 hours
    Biology II or A&P II with lab 4 hours
    Microbiology with lab 4 hours
    Genetics or science elective 4 hours
    Intro to Organic or Organic Chemistry I with Lab 4 hours
    Math Prerequisites
    Course 3 Credit Hours
    Statistics 3 hours

    Note: CLS 2nd Degree applicants must have a Bachelor's degree to include the Texas Common Core completion. Recommended Courses: Immunology, Anatomy, Physiology, Genetics, Cell Biology and upper division Microbiology.

  7. CLS Second Degree Admission Requirements

    Bachelor's Degree

    Texas Common Core Requirements: 42 hours

    The Texas Common Core course requirements can be found at this website.

    Science Prerequisite Courses: 31 hours Note: These hours may be included as part of your Texas Common Core.


    CLS Certificate Prerequisites

    Science Prerequisites
    Course 28 Credit Hours
    General Chemistry I with lab 4 hours
    General Chemistry II with lab 4 hours
    Biology I or A&P I with lab 4 hours
    Biology II or A&P II with lab 4 hours
    Microbiology with lab 4 hours
    Genetics or science elective 4 hours
    Intro to Organic or Organic Chemistry I with Lab 4 hours
    Math Prerequisites
    Course 3 Credit Hours
    Statistics 3 hours

    Note: CLS certificate applicants must have a Bachelor's degree. Recommended Courses: Immunology, Anatomy, Physiology, Genetics, Cell Biology and upper division Microbiology.

  8. CLS Certificate Admission Requirements

    Bachelor's Degree
    Science Prerequisite Courses: 31 hours

  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 Clinical Laboratory Science Programs (CLS), to include traditional as well as second degree & post baccalaureate certificate, at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, are vigorous and intense programs placing specific professional, intellectual, physical and social requirements, and demands on the students enrolled in the programs. An objective of these programs 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 forth by the CLS programs establishes the essential qualities considered necessary for students admitted to these programs to achieve the knowledge, skills, and competencies for entry-level practice. Ability to meet these essential functions is required for admission to the CLS programs and must be maintained throughout the terms a student is enrolled in the respective program. These standards are subject to amendment based on changes in health care /scope of practice.

    Accepted applicants for CLS’ education programs will be required to verify they understand and meet these essential functions or they believe the standards can be met with reasonable accommodations.

    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 CLS program must contact the 504 coordinator in the TTUHSC Office of Student Services as soon as possible. The coordinator will evaluate the student, confirm 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 CLS programs. 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/or clinical/fieldwork/preceptorship/ components in the curriculum.

    To successfully complete didactic, laboratory, and clinical/fieldwork/preceptorship portions in the CLS programs an individual must meet the following essential functions with or without accommodations: