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Program Admission Requirements

The applicant must possess a baccalaureate degree or have satisfactorily completed a minimum of 90 semester hours (135 quarter hours) in an affiliated college or university, be eligible for a baccalaureate degree upon successful completion of the professional year of study at the hospital, and possess the required pre-program course work. The affiliated colleges and universities are the following:

Briar Cliff University, Sioux City, Iowa

Dordt College, Sioux Center, Iowa

Mount Marty College, Yankton, South Dakota

Morningside College, Sioux City, Iowa

North Dakota State University, Fargo, North Dakota

Northwestern College, Orange City, Iowa

University of South Dakota, Vermillion, South Dakota

Wayne State College, Wayne, Nebraska

Minimum pre-clinical and credit requirements are:

  • 16 semester hours of chemistry, to include: general chemistry, organic and/or biochemistry
  • 16 semester hours of biological sciences, to include anatomy/physiology, genetics/molecular biology, microbiology, immunology. It is strongly recommended that immunology be a separate course.
  • One course of mathematics to include statistics.

The content of chemistry and biological science courses must be acceptable toward a major in those fields or in medical technology/clinical laboratory science. Survey courses do not qualify as fulfillment of the prerequisites. Remedial mathematics courses will not satisfy the mathematics requirement.

Applicants must have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.80 on a 4.0 scale to be considered. Applicants with GPAs below 2.8 may submit a COMLE application. However, applications will be evaluated and considered only after candidates with GPAs 2.80 or higher have been processed.

Individuals who meet the requirements seven or more years before application should update their academic preparation in a manner acceptable to the program. A copy of Section IV Updating Course Work from the COMLE manual may be obtained from the program director.

Non-U.S. student applicants without a B.S./B.A. degree must be enrolled in an affiliated college and have a minimum of 24 semester hours or credits of undergraduate coursework completed in the U.S. at the time of application.  Non-U.S. applicants with a B.S./B.A. degree completed outside the U.S., and with all prerequisite coursework completed will be required to have a minimum of 8 semester hours or credits of relevant science coursework completed in the U.S. at the time of application.

Individuals who possess a foreign baccalaureate degree must have their transcripts evaluated by a qualified U.S. evaluation agency that performs foreign transcript evaluations.  All students with English as a second language must successfully complete the TOEFL exam.  Each non-U.S. applicant must possess the appropriate Visa and documentation allowing them to complete the clinical program.  COMLE hospital programs do not provide Visa sponsorship.  This process is described in Section VIII in the COMLE manual. A copy of this may be obtained from the program director.

The essential requirements provide criteria so that potential applicants can independently evaluate their own ability to meet, participate in education activities and successfully fulfill the expected competencies required of a medical laboratory scientist. These standards are in compliance with the current regulations of the Rehabilitations Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, Civil Rights Act and the Standards of NAACLS. The Committee on Medical Laboratory Education requires that all applicants read and sign the form providing this description.

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