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Doctorate in Clinical Laboratory Science: Admissions

Application Deadlines: (The application and all required documents are due by the deadline dates)

  • March 1 for Fall Term   
  • September 1 for Spring Term

Selection of applicants for admission is a competitive process that is the responsibility of the program faculty/admissions committee. The University places no restrictions on prospective applicants because of their color, creed, race, sex, age, marital status, or national origin. The University recognizes the value of diversity and is committed to providing appropriate support to its student body. The Admissions Committee carefully reviews each application and only the most competitive applicants are invited for an interview.

When initially screening applicants, the admissions committee looks for evidence of the following:

  • Ability of the applicant to handle a rigorous science course workload as demonstrated by the applicant’s previous coursework and GPA
  • Career goals that align with the scope of practice of a DCLS as discussed in the personal essay
  • Evidence of professionalism, as demonstrated in the resume/CV, such as:
    • professional society membership
    • professional leadership at local, state, region and/or national level
  • Research interests as discussed in the personal essay
  • Strong written communication skills as demonstrated in the personal essay
  • Commitment to continuous continuing education as demonstrated in the BOC-ASCP CE transcript

Admissions Requirements: 

  • Baccalaureate degree in CLS or related science from a regionally accredited US institution or equivalent*
  • Completion of a NAACLS-accredited Medical Laboratory Science program or equivalent international program
  • Professional certification as a generalist Medical Laboratory Scientist MLS(ASCP)CM with proof of continuing certification maintenance
    • Submission of BOC-ASCP Continuing Education Transcript is required.
  • Minimum of three (3) years clinical laboratory experience in the United States, preferably as a generalist medical laboratory scientist
  • Overall minimum GPA of 3.3 and science course cumulative GPA of 3.2
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General test scores taken within the last 5 years
  • Official transcripts of undergraduate and graduate coursework from ALL institutions
  • Curriculum vitae/resume
  • Personal essay - A well written, grammatically correct essay is a key expectation and is carefully reviewed by the committee to assess if the applicant should move to the next phase of the admissions process, the interview. The essay should address/discuss:
    • background information
    • career goals and reasons for pursuing the DCLS degree
    • motivation to become an advanced practitioner by earning the DCLS
    • unique life and professional experiences
    • leadership roles in CLS and other life areas
    • research interests
    • positive attributes to bring to the DCLS program and the CLS profession
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation. Recommendation letters should be from individuals who are thoroughly familiar with the candidate's academic ability, their work ethic and professionalism, and their general characteristics.
    • Two (2) letters from professional supervisor, pathologists, or laboratory managers; Letters from co-workers who do not serve in a supervisory capacity to the applicant are not acceptable.
    • One (1) letter from a college professor
  • Personal interview (via video conference); Meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee an invitation for an interview.

*Applicants who have earned a degree from a non-US accredited institution must comply with the applicable University and School policies and submit:

  • Official transcripts sent from the non-US institution directly to Rutgers-School of Health Professions
  • World Education Services (WES) Evaluation of transcripts
    • Only WES evaluation accepted; detailed course and grade evaluation is required
  • TOEFL Exam - taken within the last 2 years
    • TOEFL is NOT required if a Bachelor's degree or higher has been awarded in the U.S.  Please note:  If applicant has an Associate's degree in the U.S., TOEFL scores are required.
    • A minimum of 79/80 on the Internet-based test is required

Online application:

 GPA minimum requirement and credentialing requirement:

  • Overall minimum GPA of 3.3 and science courses cumulative GPA of 3.2
  • Professional certification as a generalist Medical Laboratory Scientist MLS(ASCP)CM with proof of continuing certification maintenance.

For more information contact the Office of Admissions: or 973-972-5336




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