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Clinical Laboratory Science

CLS Traditional Admissions Information

The CLS program begins in August of each year. The application for the admissions cycle will open on September 1. The deadline for the receipt of the application, supporting documentation, and application fee is March 1.

Admissions Requirements

1. Online Application

The Merlin Application can be accessed through the following link: Please make sure that all information on your application is correct before selecting "Submit." Once you submit the General Information section of the application you cannot edit any information. If a change needs to be made, please email

2. Application Fee

The TTUHSC Application Fee of $40 can be paid through the online application by credit card. You may also pay by check or money order by selecting the "Money Order" option; mail a 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." Your application will not be considered for admission until your fee has been paid.

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. Transcripts must be in a sealed envelope from the institution and must have been printed within the last year. Please send all official transcripts to the following address:

TTUHSC SHP Admissions and Student Affairs
3601 4th Street MS 6294
Lubbock, TX 79430
4. 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. Provisional admission may be offered to applicants with a GPA of less than 2.5. Such applications will be reviewed on an individual basis.

5. 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. The following is an example course plans using the Texas Tech University equivalents of the prerequisite courses. Students wishing to enter the Clinical Laboratory Science program should choose either the standard, pre-med or pre-PA options. Substitution of courses may be authorized by the Program Director.



Freshman Year - Fall SemesterCredit Hours
CHEM 1307 Principles of Chemistry I 3 hours
CHEM 1107 Principles of Chemistry I Lab 1 hour
BIOL 1403/ZOOL 2403 A&P I or Biology I 4 hours
MATH 1320 College Algebra 3 hours
ENGL 1301 Essentials of College Rhetoric 3 hours
Total Semester Hours
14 hours
Freshman Year - Spring SemesterCredit Hours
CHEM 1308 Principles of Chemistry II 3 hours
CHEM 1108 Principles of Chemistry II Lab 1 hour
BIOL 1404/ZOOL 2404 A&P II or Biology II 4 hours
ENGL 1302 Advanced College Rhetoric 3 hours
*ELECTIVE   3 hours
Total Semester Hours
14 hours
Sophomore Year - Fall SemesterCredit Hours
CHEM 2303 **Introduction to Organic Chemistry 3 hours
CHEM 2103 **Introduction to Organic Chemistry Lab 1 hour
HIST 2300 US History to 1877 3 hours
POLS 1301 American Government Organization 3 hours
*ELECTIVE   3 hours
*ELECTIVE   3 hours
Total Semester Hours
16 hours
Sophomore Year - Spring SemesterCredit Hours
MBIO 3401 Principles of Microbiology 4 hours
HIST 2301 U.S. History after 1877  3 hours
POLS 2302 American Public Policy 3 hours
**SCIENCE ELECTIVE   3 or 4 hours
Total Semester Hours
13 or 14 hours

* Electives must be two Social and Behavioral Sciences, (Starting with freshman entering fall 2014), one Language, Philosophy and Culture and one Creative Arts. Please see advisor.
** Organic 3305/3105 can be substituted.
*** Science elective must come from the Life and Physical Sciences of the Core Curriculum in the TTU catalog or Genetic course.



The pre-med mentor program is designed to provide direction to students interested in attending medical school following the completion of a degree in clinical laboratory science. The primary purpose of this program is to help the student, by means of meetings and counseling, to prepare for and apply to medical school. Preparation for the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT), the admission interview, and other aspects of personal preparation are considered. The goal of this program is to provide to those students with both academic and professional potential the best opportunity to successfully gain admission to medical school.

Standard prerequisites plus the following:Credit Hours
Organic Chemistry I & II 8 hours
Physics I & II 8 hours
Calculus I or Statistics 3 hours
Biochemistry 4 hours



Standard Prerequisites plus the following:Credit Hours
Organic Chemistry or Biochemistry 4 hours
Anatomy & Physiology 8 hours
Genetics 4 hours
Psychology 3 hours


Additional Admission Requirements:

* For additional requirements for the Pre-Med and Pre-PA options, please visit out website ( or contact the Office of Admissions and Student Affairs 806.743.3220 or

* Effective fall 2014, freshman curriculum matriculation will require 6 hours.


6. 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:

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 science GPA, interview scores, student essay, and other factors.


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

Application Submission Checklist

1. Online Merlin Application
2. Application Fee
3. Official Transcripts
4. Essential Functions (submitted through online Merlin Application)

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