Application Procedure

MLS Application (95kB)

Declaration of a Medical Laboratory Science major is open to students who meet general requirements for admission to Saginaw Valley State University. Formal application for admission to the upper division (professional phase) courses of the Medical Laboratory Science program is required prior to registering for MLS professional courses.

The professional phase of the medical laboratory science program begins formally each Winter semester. Preparation for admission to the MLS program consists of completing the required general education courses and the program prerequisites.

Admission to SVSU is required for, but does not guarantee, acceptance into the MLS program. The program is planned to accommodate a limited number students each year; this number may vary depending on available clinical affiliates.

Prospective students must submit an application for admission to the professional program by October 15 preceding the winter semester admission.

Admission Criteria

The following admission criteria are required of all applicants and will be used to rank order applicants to determine acceptance to the program:

  • Complete a minimum of 4 semesters of credits or prerequisite coursework prior to admission to the program.
  • Achieve a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 for all pre-professional coursework
  • Download and complete an by Oct. 15.

Admission Ranking

1. Overall GPA

2.6-2.74 = 0.25
2.75-2.99 = 0.50
3.0-3.49 = 0.75
3.5-4.0 = 1.0

2. Science GPA (to include required math, biology, chemistry, physics, and previous MLS courses)

2.00-2.49 = 0.25
2.50-2.74 = 0.50
2.75-2.99 = 0.75
3.0-4.0 =   1.0

3. Quantity of Science Courses
(Does not include courses with D, F, W, or I. Includes math, biology, chemistry, physics, and MLS courses.)

<10 = 0.0
10-12 = 0.25
13-15 = 0.5
16-18 = 0.75
19-21 = 1.0

4. Recommendations or Experience
Since experience is related to recommendations, these are averaged for one number.

Recommendations:            
None = 0.0
Poor = 0.25
Ave. = 0.5
Good = 0.75
Exc. = 1.0

Experience:
None = 0
Health setting exp = 0.25
Non-clinical but biotech/research/lab = 0.5
Clinical Lab 6 months PT = 0.75
PT-FT recent clin lab exp (>1yr) = 1.0

5.  Performance in MLS 200 (cognitive and affective)

Cognitive:  Final grade or grade at midterm
A = .50
B = .25
C=  0

Affective evaluation by instructor based acceptable performance in the following categories (0.10 each):

  • Attendance & Punctuality
  • Professionalism
  • Assignments submitted on time
  • Enthusiasm
  • Participation

6.  Evaluation of Essay (based on requirements described on MLS application).