Contact Joan Polancic, MSEd, MLS(ASCP)CM
School of Medical Laboratory Science
The student must have:
- A BS or BA degree in chemistry or biological sciences prior to starting the program
- A minimum of 16 semester hours (24 quarter hours) in chemistry, including:
- Organic chemistry and/or biochemistry
- Three courses must include a laboratory
- A course in analytical or instrumental chemistry is highly recommended
- A minimum of 16 semester hours (24 quarter hours) in biological sciences, including:
- Microbiology with a laboratory
- Immunology; may be a separate course or basics included in another course
- Molecular Biology; may be a separate course or basics included in another course
- Anatomy and physiology, cell biology or human/animal physiology
- Two courses must include a laboratory component
- One course in pathogenic/medical microbiology is highly recommended
- A college level course in mathematics – statistics or a higher level course. No remedial math courses will be accepted, and
- A minimum overall and a science GPA of ≥2.75 on 4.0 scale. Required courses must qualify towards a degree in chemistry or the biological sciences
If required courses were taken seven or more years prior, the applicant must take a course in Biochemistry/Organic chemistry and Microbiology with a laboratory component before he/she will be considered for admission.
Applicants with a degree from a foreign university (non-U.S.) must submit a transcript evaluation by an evaluation agency that is acceptable to the ASCP Board of Certification. Contact the Program Director for the acceptable agencies.
Applicants whose native language is not English must demonstrate a minimum score of 550 on the written exam or 70 on the internet based TOEFL exam (Test of English as a Foreign Language). Applicants whose native language is not English but successfully graduated from a U.S. university may have the TOEFL requirement waived. Applicant must be a U.S. citizen or a legal permanent resident of the U.S.
How to Apply
All applicants must submit a completed application form, official transcripts, three references, an essay (<500 words) stating their interest in becoming a medical lab scientist, and meet the Essential Functions.
The due date for applications is June 1, 2015, for consideration for the January 2016 class; a non-refundable $50 application fee must be submitted with the application to be considered.
Download the application and reference forms for use below. Read the Essential Functions thoroughly as you must agree that you meet these requirements on the completed application form.
Those who meet acceptable criteria may be invited for a personal interview at Denver Health. All interviews must be completed by July 31; applicants will be notified by August 17 if accepted. The candidate must notify the Program Director by August 28 if accept/decline and pay the $500 acceptance fee (fee applied towards tuition), otherwise the position will be given to the next candidate. Class size is six.
Admission is based on a combination of requirements including meeting pre-requisites and essential functions, GPA/overall academic performance, professional interest and attitude, and reference recommendations.