Academic Requirements for Admission
To be eligible for admission, the applicant must possess a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college/university. Alternatively, the applicant may be degree-eligible at one of our college/university affiliates, lacking only the clinical year to complete the baccalaureate degree requirements. In either case, the required courses listed below must be completed prior to admission. These courses must have been taken within the past seven years and must be passed with a grade of “C” or better. If the following courses were taken longer than seven years ago, the applicant must submit a resume along with the application demonstrating further education (pursuit of Masters or Doctoral degree), or work in a laboratory-related field so that current competence can be evaluated. Exceptions to the seven-year course requirement will be made at the discretion of School officials.
- 16 semester hours in the Biological Sciences to include
- 16 semester hours in Chemistry to include
- EITHER Organic Chemistry
- OR Biochemistry
- 1 semester in Mathematics (preferably Statistics, although not required)
- Overall Grade Point Average of at least 2.3 cumulative from all colleges/universities attended.
- Science Grade Point Average of at least 2.5 calculated from the required courses listed above.
Non-Academic Requirements for Admission
Essential functions are a set of requirements that students must meet for admission, retention and graduation from the program. Prior to admission each student must agree that they can, and are prepared to, meet these requirements with or without reasonable accommodation. It is the responsibility of the student with disabilities to request accommodations that he/she feels are reasonable and are needed to execute the essential function requirements described below.
The Clinical Laboratory Science student must possess the following skills:
- Observation: Distinguish objects macroscopically and microscopically; read and comprehend text, numbers and graphs displayed in print and on video display monitors.
- Movement: Maneuver safely and efficiently in the workspace in order to perform assigned tasks.
- Communication: Read and comprehend educational and technical materials; communicate clearly, accurately and professionally both verbally and in a written format; and follow verbal and written instructions provided in English.
- Intellect: Receive, process, and utilize information in order to achieve satisfactory performance in all tasks; demonstrate judgment and critical-thinking skills.
- Behavior: Work independently or as part of a team; manage time efficiently; demonstrate respect to all regardless of individual values and opinions; adapt to working with unpleasant biologicals; and maintain sound psychological health and emotional stability.
- Safety: Recognize potentially hazardous materials, equipment, and situations; proceed safely in order to minimize risk of injury to self and nearby personnel.
- The applicant must submit three letters of reference from non-related individuals, such as science professors, employers, or volunteer coordinators.
- The applicant must submit official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended, including those from which transfer credit was obtained. Final transcripts showing successful completion of all required coursework must be submitted by enrolled applicants no later than one month prior to the program start date. Failure to do so will result in rejection of the enrolled applicant.
- The 3+1 applicant must submit a degree eligibility form which certifies his/her eligibility to receive a baccalaureate degree from his/her college/university following successful completion of the clinical program. This form must be received no later than one month prior to the program start date. Failure to do so will result in rejection of the enrolled applicant.
- The applicant must complete a medical and work history form, and undergo a criminal background check, drug screening, and hospital orientation as required by Augusta Health. Failure to successfully pass the hospital screening will result in rejection of the enrolled applicant.
- The enrolled student must maintain health insurance throughout the clinical year and must document this coverage by submitting a photocopy of their insurance card.
- An interview will be conducted as part of the admission process. Applicants are selected for admission on the basis of academic coursework, references, personal interview, interest in the field, conduct, and communication skills.