Augusta University grants a Master of Health Science in Clinical Laboratory Science. The student must have a baccalaureate degree approved by the department from an accredited college/university.
This is an entry-level degree and upon graduation, the student would be eligible to sit for the national certification examinations. The program is 5 semesters long and culminates in a research or capstone project. This program will also offer courses in evidence based practice, clinical services delivery, epidemiology, and education principles. This degree will prepare the student for practice in research, management, and education as well as practice as a clinical laboratory scientist.
For the internet students, laboratories are conducted at a satellite laboratory in Atlanta or at the clinical affiliates. The clinical internships are conducted at affiliated clinical sites. Internet students are encouraged to identify possible internship sites convenient to them. The Program of Clinical Laboratory Science will contact these sites to explore a clinical affiliation. The program requires computer capability and Internet connectivity.
Fall Entry: June 1
Web-based: June 1
NOTE: Prerequisite liberal arts (core) courses do not have to be complete before applying to the program. These courses must be complete before the program begins in the fall.
NOTE: All required application materials and documents must be received in order for an application to be considered complete and before an admission decision can be made. Applications and supporting materials received after the program deadline will only be considered on a space-available basis.
NOTE: Early submission of all application materials is strongly advised.
Program Delivery: Traditional/On-Campus, Online
Standard Admission Requirements
Completed Online Application
Application Fee: $55
GPA: Minimum overall undergraduate GPA of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale.
Minimum Degree Requirement: Minimum of a Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university. To be used to satisfy degree requirements, evaluation of foreign educational transcripts must show degree earned that is the U.S. equivalency of degree required by the program.
Official Transcripts: Official transcripts are required from all universities and colleges ever attended. Only in the case of transcripts from international colleges/universities will an official course-by-course transcript evaluation be accepted in lieu of an official transcript. Official transcripts should be sent to Augusta University's Office of Academic Admissions. To remain official, all transcripts must remain in the original, unopened, sealed and stamped/signed envelope from the Registrar's office of the issuing institution. Alternatively, Augusta University will accept official electronic transcripts from the registrar's office at your prior institution. Electronic transcripts should be directed to email@example.com.
Transcript/Credential Evaluation of Foreign Transcripts: An official, professional course-by-course evaluation based on official transcripts and documents is required for all foreign educational transcripts and documents from one of the following three credentials evaluation services: Josef Silny & Associates, Inc., World Education Services (WES), Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc. (ECE). Silny and WES are recommended. Official transcript evaluations based on unofficial transcripts, documents or copies will not fulfill this requirement. International Students
References: Recommendations (which include a reference form and letter of recommendation) from
three individuals are required. Referees should be individuals qualified to critically
assess the applicant's prior academic (usually college professors), employment, artistic,
research and/or clinical experience (clinical or research supervisor/manager) and
qualifications (as applicable) as well as the applicant's potential as a graduate
student in the field/program selected.
Graduate reference forms and letters of recommendation can be submitted online only. As part of the online application process, applicants provide the names and current email addresses for three individuals they have asked to serve as their referees. Once the online application is submitted, each referee will receive an email notification directing him/her to the online site where he/she can complete the reference form and submit his/her letter of recommendation. To change a referee after the application has been submitted, the applicant is instructed to log into his/her CollegeNet account and update the name and current email address for the referee. Status updates of your referees' submissions will be provided to you directly from CollegeNet.
Proof of Lawful Presence: In accordance with Board of Regents Policy 4.1.6, all applicants for admission to Augusta University are required to provide validation of lawful presence in the United States. Acceptance to the Augusta University is conditional until lawful presence is verified. ALL applicants who are U.S. Citizens must submit documentation that verifies his/her lawful presence in the United States at time of application to firstname.lastname@example.org.
NOTE: While every effort is made to maintain this information as current, it may be subject to change. Please check with Augusta University's Office of Academic Admission for recent updates.
NOTE: Exceptions and/or waivers of minimum requirements must first be supported and approved at the program level and then formally approved by the Dean of The Graduate School.
NOTE: Applications deferred to another semester are subject to all admission requirements and program requirements in effect for the semester to which they are deferred.
GPA requirement: A minimum overall grade point average of 2.75 (on a 4.0 scale) and a minimum math/science grade point average of 2.75.
Personal Interview: Includes writing sample. Interviews by invitation only. Applicants will be selected for an interview based on an initial review of submitted application materials. Selected applicants will be notified directly by the program.
You must have current CPR and First Aid certification cards before the start of the program. We do not accept certifications from online courses.
We require that all students have BOTH of the following certifications from the American Heart Association:
*Please note - we will only accept the certifications listed above from the American Heart Association*
If you would like information on the program listed above, please visit the College of Allied Health Sciences.
*Note:An applicant holding a Medical Laboratory Science Certification by the American Society of Clinical Pathology, MLS(ASCP), will receive advanced credit for the following courses:
|CLS 6220||Introduction to CLS Practice||2 credit hours|
|CLS 6645||Clinical Biochemistry Laboratory||2 credit hours|
|CLS 6845||Clinical Hematology Laboratory||2 credit hours|
|CLS 6445||Clinical Microbiology Laboratory||2 credit hours|
|CLS 6745||Clinical Immunohematology Lab||2 credit hours|
|Total||10 Credit Hours|
An applicant holding categorical/specialist ASCP certification in blood bank, clinical chemistry, hematology, microbiology immunology or molecular biology will receive up to 10 advanced credit hours for courses specific to their specialty area.
1. Application Submission
Applications and references are submitted via the CollegeNet online systems. Completed applications and references will be transferred from College systems to Augusta University’s Office of Academic Admissions (OAA) for processing into the Augusta University electronic applicant database system. Programs will have access to applicant’s files and documents only after OAA has officially processed them into the Augusta University electronic applicant database system.
Application materials and documents (e.g. transcripts, proof of degree, transcript evaluations, etc) are submitted directly to and processed through Augusta University’s OAA:
The Office of Academic Admissions
1120 15th Street, Benet House
Augusta, GA 30912
2. Check Status
Applicants can monitor OAA’s receipt and processing of their application and application documents into the Augusta University system using the online status check. Application decisions will not be made until all official documents have been received and processed into the Augusta University’s electronic applicant database system by Augusta University’s OAA.
3. Application Review
The program/academic college for which you are applying will review your Graduate School application and supporting documents. Interviews will be scheduled and considered, as applicable to individual programs. Taken together, the whole of your application should demonstrate substantial preparation for graduate study in the field for which you are seeking admittance.
Exceptions and/or waivers of minimum requirements must first be supported and approved at the program level and then formally approved by the Dean of The Graduate School.
4. Decision Notification
Upon recommendation of the program/academic college, The Graduate School will review your credentials and applicant profile and make a formal, official decision for your admittance. Official notice of your admission can only come from the dean of The Graduate School via notification from Augusta University’s Office of Academic Admission.
5. Next Steps After Acceptance
Upon acceptance, please submit your Admissions Acceptance Contract and official final transcripts, if necessary to the address below or electronically to email@example.com.
The Office of Academic Admissions
1120 15th Street, Benet House
Augusta, Georgia 30912