Admission - NIU - Medical Laboratory Sciences

Medical Laboratory Sciences

Medical Laboratory Sciences Admission

Traditional Students

MicroscopeStudents are admitted to the university and the professional phase of the program by two distinct processes. Only students who are admitted to the university may be admitted into the program. Admission to the university is managed by the NIU Office of Admissions for U.S. citizens or International Admissions for non-U.S citizens with foreign transcripts. Published admissions policies and procedures for undergraduate applicants to the university may be found in the online undergraduate catalog.

Admission into the professional phase of the MLS program is limited and competitive. Applications are available November 1 and must be turned into the office by February 1 for admission to the class for the following fall semester. Applicants must be admitted to the university and must submit all college grade transcripts, a completed application form, a signed copy of the program’s essential functions, and two letters of recommendation to the MLS program office by the published due date(s). Criteria for admission include completion or near completion of core competency, general education, and prerequisite courses, and cumulative and prerequisite course grade point averages of 2.5/4.0. Admissions policies and procedures for the Medical Laboratory Sciences professional program are published in the online NIU undergraduate catalog under Limited Admissions and Limited Retention.

Accelerated Degree Completion

Female studying a test tubeTo be eligible for completion of a B.S. degree in Medical Laboratory Sciences (MLS), the student must have earned an A.A., A.S., or A.A.S., and be certified as a CLT/MLT. The student must be admitted to Northern Illinois University (NIU) and complete general education and prerequisite courses (if an A.A.S. candidate).

Admission into the professional phase of the MLS program is limited and competitive. Applications are available November 1 and must be turned into the office by February 1 for admission to the class for the following fall semester. Applicants must be admitted to the university and must submit all college grade transcripts, a completed application form, a signed copy of the program’s essential functions, and two letters of recommendation to the MLS program office by the published due date(s). Criteria for admission include completion or near completion of core competency, general education, and prerequisite courses, and cumulative and prerequisite course grade point averages of at least 2.5 out of 4.0 scale. Admissions policies and procedures for the Medical Laboratory Sciences professional program are published in the online NIU undergraduate catalog under Limited Admissions and Limited Retention.

Fast Fact: Rapid job growth and excellent job opportunities are expected. Most jobs will continue to be in hospitals, but employment will grow rapidly in other settings, as well.
(Bureau of Labor Statistics)