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Admission to Medical Laboratory Science

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Standards

Students enter the University as a freshman or a transfer student, with a declared Interest in Medical Laboratory and Diagnostics (MTI) for the purpose of advisement. Any student interested in Medical Laboratory Science should talk with the Department's Program Director as early as possible, before or after admission to the University.

Consideration for admission to the Medical Laboratory Science (MT) major at the end of the sophomore year is based on the following criteria:

  1. Minimal grade point index of 2.00 for the first 4 semesters;
  2. Minimal grade point index of 2.00 for specific prerequisite courses in biology and chemistry; and
  3. Completion of at least 60 credit hours, including the prerequisite science courses.

Within the pool of eligible students, admission to the major courses will be determined by academic achievement. In the past, all sophomores with a grade point index (GPI) of 2.5 or better have been successful in gaining admission to the major.

Procedure for Admission

In June, each sophomore Medical Laboratory and Diagnostics Interest (MTI) student is reviewed by the Department's Program Director and the Undergraduate Program Committee for admission eligibility to the Medical Laboratory Science (MT) major. The previously stated standards are applied to each student. The student's transcript is reviewed for overall grade point index for four semesters, for grade point index in the specific prerequisite courses in biology and chemistry, and for completion of at least 60 credit hours towards fulfilling requirements for the degree.

A student who has achieved a GPI of less than 2.00 overall and/or for the prerequisite science courses will be determined ineligible for admission to the Medical Laboratory Science major. Students who meet the minimal standards will be ranked according to their overall GPI. The Medical Laboratory Science Program accepts 36 students annually to continue into the junior year of the Medical Laboratory Science major. Although the expectation is that a student will have completed 60 credit hours by the end of sophomore year, the Program understands that occasionally a student may fall short by several credits in the liberal arts courses. When this occurs, the student is notified and given an extension for course completion with the recommendation that the liberal arts requirements be completed by the end of Winter session of the junior year. In the event more than one student places as #36 based on the overall GPI, the science GPI and the completion of 60 credits will be used to re-rank the students to determine who receives position #36.

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To assure that all standards are met and that students have been assessed equitably, the Program Director reviews the eligibility of all students with the Department's Undergraduate Program Committee. This is in accordance to the Bylaws of the Department.

Students who are not accepted into the Medical Laboratory Science major may be reviewed again the following year in June if they so desire. Students are counseled about alternative majors (e.g., biological sciences) and are referred to the Office of Academic Enrichment, 148-150 S. College Avenue, and the Center for Counseling and Student Development, 261 Perkins Student Center, for additional assistance.

All students receive written notification of their acceptance/rejection status approximately the third week of June. Students accepted into the Medical Laboratory Science major also receive two copies of the "Student Handbook". One copy is for the student to retain; the second copy is to be signed and returned for the student's Department file.

Admission to Medical Diagnostics

Standards

Students enter the University as a freshman or a transfer student, with a declared Interest in Medical Laboratory and Diagnostics (MTI) for the purpose of advisement. Any student interested in Medical Diagnostics should talk with the Department's Program Director as early as possible, before or after admission to the University.

Consideration for admission to the Medical Diagnostics major at the end of the sophomore year is based on the following criteria:

  1. Minimal grade point index of 3.00 for the first 4 semesters; and
  2. Completion of at least 60 credits including designated chemistry, biological science, physics, mathematics, and kinesiology and applied physiology prerequisites prior to admission into the major. The science prerequisites include BISC 207, BISC 208, BISC 300, CHEM 103, CHEM 104, CHEM 321, CHEM 322, and the science sequence of BISC 276 and PHYS 201/PHYS 202 or KAAP 309/KAAP 310. The mathematics prerequisites include one of the following courses: MATH 114, MATH 115, MATH 117, MATH 221, or MATH 241. In addition, the student must have made satisfactory progress towards a baccalaureate degree.

Within the pool of eligible students, admission to the major courses will be determined by academic achievement.

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Procedure for Admission

In June, each sophomore Medical Laboratory and Diagnostics Interest (MTI) student is reviewed by the Department's Program Director and the Undergraduate Program Committee for admission eligibility to the Medical Diagnostics major. The previously stated standards are applied to each student. The student's transcript is reviewed for overall grade point index for four semesters, for completion of the specific prerequisite courses in chemistry, biological science, physics, mathematics, and kinesiology and applied physiology, and for completion of at least 60 credit hours towards fulfilling requirements for the degree.

A student who has achieved a GPI of less than 3.00 overall and/or has not completed the prerequisite science courses will be determined ineligible for admission to the Medical Diagnostics major. Students who meet the stated criteria will continue into the junior year of the Medical Diagnostics major. Although the expectation is that a student will have completed 60 credit hours by the end of sophomore year, the Department understands that occasionally a student may fall short by several credits in the liberal arts courses. When this occurs, the student is notified and given an extension for course completion with the recommendation that the liberal arts requirements be completed by the end of the junior year.

To assure that all standards are met and that students have been assessed equitably, the Program Director reviews the eligibility of all students with the Department's Undergraduate Program Committee.

Students who are not accepted into the Medical Diagnostics major may be reviewed again at the student’s request upon completion of stated criteria. Students are counseled about alternative majors (e.g., biological sciences) and are referred to the Office of Academic Enrichment, 148-150 S. College Avenue, and the Center for Counseling and Student Development, 261 Perkins Student Center, for additional assistance.

All students receive written notification of their acceptance/rejection status approximately the third week of June.


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    Newark, DE 19716 •   Phone: 302-831-2849   •  Fax: 302-831-4180   •  mls-dept@udel.edu   •  © 2014
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