Minimum Degree Requirements
Track One: 43 credits NAACLS accredited courses and 24 credits Advanced Practice courses (67 credits total)
Track Two: 30 credits Advanced Practice courses
Students in both Track One and Track Two will be required to complete a comprehensive exam that covers major topic areas of the medical laboratory science profession.
Clinical and Research Opportunities
Students in Track One will complete a semester long clinical internship at one of the hospitals within the University of Vermont Medical Center Network (UVM Medical Center Campus, Champlain Valley Physician’s Hospital Campus, and Central Vermont Medical Center Campus) as part of the core NAACLS-accredited program.
All students will complete a three course series in research method and design that culminates with a capstone research project. Under the supervision of the program faculty in collaboration with clinical affiliate partners, students will conduct relevant evidence based research to advance the field of medical laboratory science.
Application Deadline: March 1
Applications for graduate admission must be submitted online to the UVM Graduate College. The application form requires:
- General application and associated fee,
- Three letters of recommendation,
- Official transcript of all colleges attended,
- Statement of purpose (personal summary of interest),
- Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores.
- Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) for non-US residents.
Please note the minimum TOEFL score for this program is 100. Applicants must have the equivalent of a US bachelor’s degree, which consists of 16 years of formal education.
Review of Graduate Applications
The UVM Medical Laboratory Science program considers several factors when reviewing an application to the graduate program. There are several components that are considered. Specifically, and not in any order of importance, the Department is interested in:
- Undergraduate/Pre-professional Grades (GPA 3.0 or higher)
- Graduate Record Examination Scores
- Letters of Recommendation
- Statement of Purpose (Essay)
There is a distinction between "undergraduate" and "pre-professional" grades, since some people have completed an undergraduate degree in another field and have had to complete a series of prerequisite courses in addition to the undergraduate degree.
Graduate Record Examination Scores
Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores are commonly taken as one predictor of graduate school performance and success. GRE scores are required as a part of the application procedure for this department and these scores are given the same weight as your academic transcripts, letters of recommendation, and Statement of Purpose. Competitive applicants will have GRE scores at 60% or higher.
Letters of Recommendation
Applicants are required to provide three letters of recommendation to support their application for graduate study. These letters are important because they often provide admissions committees with information that is not found elsewhere in your application. Letters should come from academic faculty who know you well and can speak to your academic performance OR professional contacts and employers who can speak to your work skills and practice.
Statement of Purpose (Essay)
The Statement of Purpose is a very important part of your application. In fact, at UVM it is given the same weight as your academic transcript, graduate record exam (GRE) scores, and letters of recommendation. Furthermore, the Statement of Purpose demonstrates how well you express yourself using the written word. An effective Statement of Purpose is a 1 – 2 page essay that typically:
- describes your motivations for advancing your career as a medical laboratory scientist at the University of Vermont.
- tells us why you think you will be a successful candidate. We are interested in knowing how you have prepared for graduate study, what this preparation demonstrates about your fitness for study in the field, and what you consider to be your strengths and challenges. When identifying challenges, also please describe how you have dealt with these in your academic career to date.
For More Information:
College of Nursing & Health Sciences
Office of Student Services