Admissions and Application

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Application Deadlines

Prospective students must complete an application in order to be considered for admissions into the MLS program. The online application can be accessed via the link below.

The deadline to apply for the Lexington campus is MARCH 1ST. 
The deadline to apply to the Hazard campus is MAY 1ST. 
The deadline to apply to the MLT to MLS Track is JUNE 1ST.

Below are the admission requirements for entry into the MLS Program.

Prerequisite Courses

In addition to the University of Kentucky requirements, students seeking admission to the MLS program must complete the following pre-requisite or pre-professional courses. The following courses need to be completed before beginning the MLS program:

  • 1 semester of general biology with laboratory
  • 2 semesters of general chemistry with laboratory
  • 1 semester of organic chemistry with laboratory
  • 1 semester of general microbiology with laboratory
  • 1 semester of statistical methods
  • 1 semester of human physiology (or combined course in physiology and anatomy)

Academic Performance

The minimum GPA for entrance into the MLS program is a 2.5 on a 4.0 scale.

Application Fee

  • A separate application fee of $25.00 is required for admission to the Medical Laboratory Science Program. Your application will not be processed without the $25.00 fee.
  • The application fee cannot be waived nor deferred, and is non-refundable.
  • We accept Visa, Discover, American Express and MasterCard. Credit/debit cards may also be used.

Pay MLS Application Fee Here


Application Process

More information regarding the recommendation forms and transcripts is provided in the online application documents.

After the deadline for applying to the MLS program, application packets will be reviewed. Qualified applicants may participate in a brief interview by MLS faculty member(s).

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Other Requirements

  • Completion of application to the University of Kentucky (if currently not a UK student)

Post-Admission Requirements

  • University of Kentucky Medical Center student immunization requirements
  • Health insurance
  • Background check
  • Drug Screen
  • Training (HIPPA, safety, sexual harassment)
  • More details on post-admission requirements will be provided to students upon admittance into the MLS program.

Foreign Graduates 

If you are a foreign graduate, you need to: 1)submit your foreign transcripts to an approved credentialing company, 2) take the TOEFL test, and 3) submit your application to the University of Kentucky as soon as possible.  

Your first step is to submit all of your higher education transcripts to World Education Services (WES). The MLS Program will only accept transcript evaluations from WES in consideration of admittance into the Program. This is usually a lengthy process which is why you need to submit these as soon as possible. Once your transcripts have been evaluated, by WES, we can appropriately advise you for the Medical Laboratory Science Program and/or consider your application for admittance.

Your second step is to take the TOEFL test and submit scores to the MLS Program. In order to be eligible for admissions into the MLS Program, a minimum score of 26 in each category is required: Reading, Listening, Speaking, & Writing. Refer to the TOEFL website ( for more information regarding the test.

Your third step is to submit your University of Kentucky undergraduate application. As a foreign graduate, admission may be a lengthy process as foreign transcripts, WES evaluation, and TOEFL scores are individually reviewed. In addition, course syllabi may be required to ensure equivalency therefore we highly encourage submission of syllabi along with the above documents. This review is to ensure that you have met all general education core requirements and MLS prerequisite courses, and to ensure sufficient undergraduate credit hours. This review process (by the University of Kentucky undergraduate admissions office) needs to be completed for the MLS Program to adequately evaluate your MLS application. If this review process is in progress during the MLS application review period, it is possible for foreign graduates to be accepted on a conditional basis pending completion of missing courses/credit hours.