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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: https://www.ttuhsc.edu/merlin/. 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 health.professions@ttuhsc.edu.

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.

6. Texas Core Curriculum

Certain prerequisite courses will apply toward meeting the Texas Core requirements as indicated below (*). Students must have all Texas Core courses completed prior to program entry to the Bachelor of Science in Clinical Laboratory Sciences degree program. Completion of the Texas Core Curriculum (42 semester credit hours) with a grade of C or better:

 

STANDARD OPTION PREREQUISITES

    • English Composition  I & II, 6 semester credit hours*
    • College Algebra or higher (including pre-calculus), 3 semester credit hours*
    • Natural Sciences (BIOL, CHEM, PHYS or other natural science), 12 semester credit hours*
    • Philosophy, language, humanities, or English literature course, 3 semester credit hours*
    • Arts, drama, or music course, 3 semester credit hours*
    • U.S. History I and II, 6 semester credit hours*
    • Government/Political Science, 6 semester credit hours*
    • Psychology or sociology course, 3 semester credit hours*
  • All applicants must complete the program prerequisites (27 hours) and requirements below (Note:No grade of less than a C will be accepted; all science courses must be designated for science majors):

    • General Chemistry I with lab, 4 semester credit hours*
    • General Chemistry II with lab, 4 semester credit hours*
    • Biology I or A&P I with lab, 4 semester credit hours*
    • Biology II or A&P II with lab, 4 semester credit hours*
    • Microbiology with lab, 4 semester credit hours*
    • Genetics or science elective, 3 semester credit hours*
    • Intro to Organic or Organic Chemistry I with lab, 4 semester credit hours*

  • PRE-MED OPTION PREREQUISITES

    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

     *Must verify medical school of choosing as prerequisites vary per school.

     

    PRE-PHYSICIAN ASSISTANT OPTION PREREQUISITES

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

      *Must verify medical school of choosing as prerequisites vary per school.

     

    Additional Admission Requirements:

    * For additional requirements for the Pre-Med and Pre-PA options, please visit our website (www.ttuhsc.edu/shp) or contact the Office of Admissions and Student Affairs 806.743.3220 or health.professions@ttuhsc.edu

     


     

    7. 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: http://www.ttuhsc.edu/shp/prospective/international_applicants.aspx

     

    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.

    Interviews

    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 health.professions@ttuhsc.edu.

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