Selection Process

Applicants seeking admission must submit certain documents:
  • Complete the application form or request an application via mail:
  • Medical Laboratory Science Program
  • Houston Methodist Hospital
    6565 Fannin St.
    Houston, TX 77030–2707
  • Official university/college transcripts
  • Final graduation plan that ensures the student has a baccalaureate degree upon completion of the 12-month program (applies to 3 + 1 students only)
  • Letters of reference and/or the provided form is required from three faculty members; (Referees should submit letters to the Program Office at the above address.)
  • A 200- to 300-word statement in the applicant's own handwriting of extra curricular activities, honors, achievements, leadership positions, interests and hobbies, and short- and long-term career goals
  • A personal interview is initiated by invitation from the program director to qualified applicants when the above material is received.

The admissions committee, which is composed of the program director and medical director, begins the selection process in the winter prior to the August entry date. The committee uses all of the material provided, including transcripts, letters of reference, interview and handwritten statement when selecting students. In addition, special consideration may be given for relevant work experience. The application deadline is December 15. Students will be selected during the winter and notified by letter of their status for the August class by February 1. Selected applicants will be asked to respond in writing within five business days. Unsuccessful applicants may be considered for a later class by petitioning in writing, citing justifiable reasons for further consideration.

International Students
Students who have completed part or all of their college coursework outside of the United States must submit their transcripts to an accredited U.S. agency for a course and grade evaluation.
Below are suggested agencies:
  • World Education Services, Inc.
    P.O. Box 5087
    Bowling Green Station
    New York, NY 10274
  • International Education Research Foundation, Inc.
    Credentials Evaluation Service
    P.O. Box 3665
    Culver City, CA 90231

The evaluation should be sent directly to the Houston Methodist Hospital Medical Laboratory Science Program Office (see address above).
Advanced Placement
Students accepted into the Medical Laboratory Science Program at Houston Methodist Hospital who feel that they have achieved the objectives for one or more courses may receive course credit by achieving a grade of 70 or better on all of the following assessments: 
  • Written examinations
  • Practical examinations
  • Evaluation of unknown specimens, where applicable
  • Clinical evaluation assessment

A student wishing to apply for advanced placement may submit, in writing, their request to the program director after completing at least one month of the program. Faculty members will act upon the request and submit their decision, in writing, to the student within three weeks of the request.
The admission committee does not discriminate in its recruiting or selecting procedures because of race, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, veteran status or disability. Applicants with disabilities will be considered; however, all students must be fully capable of completing all aspects of the program. The program is committed to providing reasonable accommodations for students with disabilities.
College Credit for Program Completion
For those students enrolled in a 3 + 1 program (degree conferred at the end of 12-month hospital program), the Houston Methodist Hospital Medical Laboratory Science Program will supply the student's college/university with an evaluation of grades in each course. However, the student must make all arrangements for the acceptance of this evaluation as partial fulfillment of the requirements of a baccalaureate degree.