An applicant to the Mercy Hospital St. Louis’ Clinical Laboratory Science (CLS) program must initially meet one of the following criteria:
Note: A non-degreed, non-affiliated applicant may be considered if space is available and the individual’s respective college or university agrees to certain terms of cooperation. The program director can provide further details.
Additional criteria for application includes:
* The content of the prerequisite chemistry and biology courses must be considered applicable towards a major in either of those degree fields or a major in medical laboratory science/clinical laboratory science/medical technology.
** The program director may waive one prerequisite course provided the applicant can document the content is covered within another course. A course syllabus will be required to document the content.
*** An applicant who has completed a baccalaureate degree and prerequisite coursework more than seven years prior to application must demonstrate current knowledge in chemistry and biology especially microbiology. This can be done by work experience or additional coursework. Please contact the program director for further details.
**** Prerequisite coursework can be taken at a university or college as a non-degree seeking student if an individual’s degree has been previously awarded but all coursework must be completed prior to the June start of the program if the applicant is selected for admission to the program.
An applicant who has obtained a degree outside of the United States must also meet the following criteria:
Students accepted in the CLS program must successfully complete a criminal background check, physical examination and drug screen prior to the start of the program. They are also required to purchase and maintain health insurance during the program year.
The application and letter of explanation and reference and degree confirmation forms are available via the links provided. The deadline for the completed application and non-refundable fee is Nov. 30. Classes traditionally begin the last week of June of each year.
Viable applicants are invited for a program orientation, laboratory tour and personal interview with the program’s admissions committee. The entire process takes two to three hours.
Admission to the CLS program is on a competitive basis. The CLS program’s admissions committee evaluates each applicant based on academic and non-academic criteria such as science GPA, math GPA, work experience, references, and personal interview. Eight students are selected for each incoming class.
Selected students, alternates and others are notified by the third or fourth week of December by the program director.