Admission Requirements

  • Candidates must hold a minimum of a Bachelor’s degree.
  • Minimum GPA of 2.75 on a 4.00 scale. 
  • Grade of C or better in science and math courses.
    • Applicants who do not have a minimum 2.75 cumulative undergraduate GPA may be reviewed for admission if the math/science GPA is 3.0 or higher.
  • The following prerequisites are required prior to admission to the program:
    • 12 credit hours of Biology, including Cell Biology (at least 4 credit hrs at 200-level or higher); Immunology and Molecular Biology are strongly recommended
    • 12 credit hours of Chemistry, including Organic or Biochemistry
    • 3 credit hours of Mathematics (Precalculus or Statistics
  • Complete an application at the Allied Health Centralized Application Service (AHCAS) website:, including
    • Official transcripts of all previous undergraduate and graduate course work. (Transcripts must be mailed directly from previous institution(s) to Allied Health Centralized Application Service.)
    • Two references. Please use the electronic reference form at AHCAS.
    • Personal statement explaining why you would like to be a Medical Laboratory Scientist.
  • A personal interview.
  •  If any transcript(s) or undergraduate degree(s) is from an international institution, you must provide an official copy of a third party course by course credential evaluation to Allied Health CAS and Bellarmine University. The following organizations offer this service and information regarding processes and fees are available at:,, and The Office of Graduate Admission reserves the right to request a certified copy of the original transcript.

Transcript Review

We can provide fast feedback about your transcript(s) and pre-requisite coursework. Simply complete the form below by attaching unofficial copies of your transcript(s).

International Applicants

Please complete the items under Procedure for Admission and submit the following:

Language Proficiency. Language Proficiency: MLS requires an official TOEFL iBT or IELTS score for verification of language proficiency for applicants: a) who were born outside the US, b) for whom English is a second language, or c) who have a degree or transcripts from a non-US institution. Applicants must earn a total score of 83 or higher and a speaking score of 26 or higher on the TOEFL iBT or earn a total band score of 7 or higher AND a speaking band score of 8 or higher on the IELTS to meet the language proficiency requirement. Only official score reports will be accepted.  The program reserves the right to require a TOEFL or IELTS from any applicant. The official score should be sent to both Allied Health CAS and Bellarmine University. Students may petition to alternatively use one of the following to document English-language proficiency: a) Language training at an approved center; b) Prior educational experiences in a TOEFL Exempt Country; or 3) satisfactory scores on the SAT or ACT. See applicable Undergraduate or Graduate International Student’s Admission Requirements in the Bellarmine Course Catalog for specific criteria.

Financial Affidavit. All applicants must provide credible evidence (e.g. a bank statement, letter on bank stationary attesting to the availability of funds, etc.) of the ability to fund the cost of attending Bellarmine University for one academic year. If funds are provided by another person on behalf of the student, an affidavit must accompany the financial information.

Proof of Passport. Scan of passport ID page must show validity for 6 months post completion of the program.