Clinical Laboratory Science Admission Procedures

Admission to the program is competitive. Candidates are selected for a personal interview based on the following criteria:

  • Bachelor's degree or college/university confirmation that a degree will be received upon completion of the program
  • Minimum grade point average of 2.75 (on a 4.0 scale) overall and 2.5 in the sciences; overall GPA and science GPA are based on all college course work, including both initial and repeated course grades.
  • Completion of the required prerequisite courses before the start of classes in August
  • In addition, international students must submit:
    • TOEFL scores
    • Course-by-course evaluation if submitting transcripts from any university outside of the U.S.

Applicants who wish to apply to the program must submit a completed application, all official transcripts and three recommendation forms. Anyone re-applying must submit a new application form with updated information. The deadline for receipt of applications and transcripts is December 1 of the year prior to anticipated admission. Transcripts do not have to include fall grades at the time of the initial application but must be received no later than the day of the interview. All recommendation forms should be received by the time of interview. A letter of recommendation may be submitted in addition to, but not in place of, the required form. Two recommendation forms should be from academic sources; the remaining form should be from a professional source.

One class per year is accepted, and classes begin the end of August. Each class may have up to 8 students. The interview date for the class of 2018-19 is scheduled for January 9, 2018. Additional interview dates may become available if there are more than 16 interviewees. A maximum of 32 applicants may be interviewed. It is advised to submit your application early, as interview times are limited. All applicants selected for the program must submit to a background check and drug screen. Final acceptance is based on a negative screen for illegal drugs and no criminal history.

Pre-requisites are:

Biological Science 15 total hours (to include)
General Biology* or Anatomy & Physiology * 8
Microbiology * † 4
Immunology † 3-4
Chemistry 16 total hours (to include)
Inorganic* or Other Chemistry * 8
Organic Chemistry * † 4
Quantitative Chemistry * or Biochemistry
3-4
Mathematics 6 total hours (to include)
College Algebra or higher 3
Statistics 3
Recommended Electives 3 to 4 total hours
Genetics, Molecular Biology, Parasitology, Virology, Mycology, Instrumental Analysis, Physics, Computer Science, Management or Education courses.
* Must include a laboratory section
† Must have been completed within the last seven years


Baylor Scott & White Health Program in CLS is affiliated with the following universities:

  • Baylor University
  • Louisiana Tech University
  • Midwestern State University
  • University of North Texas
  • University of Texas

Upon completion of the 12 month training program, credits earned (approximately 63) will be transferred to the student's university for completion of their degree.

Essential Functions

In addition to fulfilling the academic requirements, students accepted into the program should also be able to:

  • Maneuver sufficiently to collect blood specimens and perform other work-related laboratory tasks in a timely manner
  • Communicate effectively and professionally with peers, staff, faculty and patients
  • Read and comprehend text, numbers and graphs displayed in print, on video and instrument display and printouts
  • Demonstrate written and oral proficiency in the English language without assistance
  • Interpret reactions on slides, media plates and in test tubes, etc., by visual characteristics and odor
  • Exhibit the manual dexterity necessary to collect blood samples, process specimens, operate and repair laboratory instruments, equipment and computers, perform delicate procedures and all other aspects of laboratory testing that require eye-hand coordination
  • Regularly meet the activity schedule of didactic and clinical instructors and supervisors to satisfy all performance requirements (objectives) of all clinical rotations and didactic instruction to include transportation to all clinical sites
  • Carry or lift objects weighing up to 15 pounds
  • Work quickly and accurately under stress, possessing the emotional and mental health to make sound judgments and complete all responsibilities
  • Work in a thorough, careful, efficient, responsible and organized manner alone or as a laboratory team member
  • Logically correlate information in order to solve problems
  • Demonstrate ethical judgment, integrity, honesty, common sense and accountability in the clinical laboratory when dealing with peers, faculty, staff and patients
  • Use interpersonal skills such as cooperation, confidentiality and attentiveness in a positive and tactful manner
  • Measure, analyze, synthesize, integrate and apply information as it relates to laboratory testing and management
  • Successfully complete exams and assignments independently, perform required laboratory practice independently with or without supervision and
  • Follow verbal and written instructions in order to correctly and independently perform laboratory procedures

Access Online Application and Recommendation Forms

Application for Admissions PDF Document
Note: Application and Essential functions only

CLS Recommendation Form PDF Document
Note: Letter of Recommendation Form only

Mailing Address

Mary Ruth Beckham M.Ed. MT(ASCP)
Director, Allied Health Education and Clinical Laboratory Science
Baylor Scott & White Health Program in Clinical Laboratory Science
2401 S. 31st St.
MS-07-S031
Temple, TX 76508
Phone: 254-724-5970
E-mail: MaryRuth.Beckham@BSWHealth.org Send an e-mail


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