Online Bachelor of Science in Medical Laboratory Sciences

Applications are accepted at all times throughout the year, however, applications are reviewed and admission is granted primarily before course enrollment periods each term, which is normally in March for summer and fall terms, and October for spring term each year.  To be considered for admission into the Marshall University Online Bachelor of Science in Medical Laboratory Science program, applicants must meet the following criteria:

  1. General application or re-application to Marshall University; online application can be found here.
  2. Successful completion of an associate’s degree in Medical Laboratory Technology from a NAACLS accredited MLT/CLT program.  Students applying from NAACLS accredited programs other than Marshall University must either submit a letter of satisfactory completion from the MLT program director, or submit documentation of MLT/CLT national certification through NCA or ASCP.
  3. Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 prior to admission.
  4. Send directly to the MLS Program Director:
    1. Submission of two letters of reference prior to admission, one being the letter of satisfactory completion from the MLT program of the completed NAACLS accredited MLT program.
    2. Letter of Application which can be downloaded and customized
    3. A copy (not official) of transcripts from all other institutions attended (most importantly, the NAACLS accredited MLT program).
  1. Send directly to Marshall University Admissions Department along with general university admission application:  Submission of official sealed transcripts from all institutions attended to Marshall University Admissions along with application for general admission; we do not do informal transcript reviews as many credits transfer differently from institution to institution – only formal evaluation of credits is performed.
  2. Marshall University MLT students and students from linked programs:  Need only to submit notification via email of letter in the last year of their MLT program of their intention to continue into the online BS in Medical Laboratory Science.  Past graduates need to provide their Marshall University 901# and date of graduation from the program.

The online BS in MLS courses are currently limited to 20 – 25 students; admission will be granted to current Marshall University MLT students first who have had continuous enrollment each semester in the program coursework and who have provided written notification of their desire to continue in the during the final year of their MLT program .   Further evaluation for placement into the program will be determined based on overall academic performance and references received.

The Marshall University online Bachelor of Science in Medical Laboratory Science does not discriminate against applicants from any geographic region of the USA, however, some states do have statutes and laws that make it difficult, perhaps impossible, for Marshall University to reach a legal distance education agreement with facilities in the state. In addition, clinical agreements with health care facilities in certain states may not be possible due to extreme measures enacted by state organizations to limit learning and career opportunities for qualified MLS students.  In order for Marshall University to reach a legal affiliation agreement with a clinical site within a state, the state has to be an approved member of SARA.  Please be aware that it may be extremely difficult to successfully secure supervised practice rotations in areas that are not approved members of SARA. Without practice sites or legal distance education agreements between Marshall University and the facility, there is a strong likelihood that you may not complete the required clinical experiences for the MLS program, and not be eligible for graduation. 

To determine if your state is a member of SARA, please use the following link: