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Applicants must demonstrate an overall GPA of at least 2.75 on a 4.0-point scale and a strong track record in science and math. Math and science courses that are required and recommended for admittance to the Medical Laboratory Science Program at Mayo Clinic are:

Subject Prerequisites
Biological sciences (16 semester hours)


  • Microbiology (with lab preferred)
  • Anatomy and/or physiology

Strongly recommended:

  • Genetics
  • Molecular biology
  • Immunology
Chemistry (16 semester hours)


  • Organic chemistry (with lab)

Strongly recommended:

  • Biochemistry
Mathematics and statistics

Strongly recommended:

  • Statistics

All qualified candidates typically possess these general characteristics:

  • Aptitude for the basic sciences, computers and laboratory instrumentation
  • Ability to work quickly and carefully
  • Self-sufficient, precise and thorough
  • Emotional stability under pressure
  • Critical thinking and problem-solving skills
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills

3+1 program

Students in affiliated medical or clinical laboratory science programs are eligible to apply for the 3+1 Medical Laboratory Science Program at Mayo Clinic through their college program director.

4+1 program

Students with baccalaureate degrees may apply directly for the 4+1 Medical Laboratory Science Program at Mayo Clinic. In addition to meeting the prerequisite course work, applicants applying to the Medical Laboratory Science Program must have a four-year degree in chemistry or the human biological sciences.

Technical standards

These are essential functions that represent the nonacademic requirements of the Medical Laboratory Science Program that all students must master to successfully participate in the program and become employable.

View the technical performance standards.

International applicants

See the Mayo School of Health Sciences international applicants policy.

More information

See further Mayo School of Health Sciences admissions policy information.

  • March 4, 2014
  • ART181098