Students must complete the following five prerequisite courses prior to submitting the CLS application:
BIO 1330/1130, BIO 1331/1131, CHEM 1341/1141, CHEM 1342/1142, and the mathematics course.
You must have completed most of the prerequisite courses by the time you enter the program. You must have 9 or fewer credit hours remaining (with no remaining credit hours in prerequisite science and math courses) prior to beginning of the CLS Program in the Fall.
Preference will be given to those applicants that have completed all of the science prerequisites before applying.
If you are enrolled in prerequisite courses when you apply, you may receive "Conditional Acceptance" into the CLS program. If you drop a prerequisite course or make a "D" or less during the Spring or summer semesters before you begin the program, you may forfeit your spot at the discretion of the CLS faculty and staff.
Yes. You must take all of the CLS courses because they are designed to prepare you with skills and theory of diagnostics. This is a significantly different focus from general chemistry or microbiology.
This is determined on a case-by-case basis. The decisions are based on you coursework, clinical rotation experience, as well as recent work experience. You will be required to take all Senior level CLS courses. When you complete the End of CLS Admissions Module quiz, you will be contacted by a CLS faculty or staff member to discuss your information.
Not in most cases. You must apply to the CLS program and proceed through all of the CLS courses because they are designed to prepare you with skills and theory of diagnostics. This is a significantly different focus from general chemistry, microbiology, or other sciences. If you have CLS courses, substitutions might be possible on a case-by-case basis. You will need to discuss this with your CLS advisor.
It is HIGHLY recommended that you have a home computer with a fairly fast internet connection. Many assignments are completed online or uploaded into the online TRACS system; however, a home computer is not mandatory. There are many computer labs on campus that you may use.
The Texas State website and TRACS are not designed for mobile devices. You will get partial functionality on tablets or smartphones. When completing assignments online, it is recommended that you use a laptop or a desktop computer.
We do not forbid our students from working while in the program; however, we recommend that students reduce hours significantly or stop working if at all possible. This program is rigorous and time-consuming.
During the Junior year it will be easier to work than the Senior year. You will not have CLS courses during the Junior summer.
During the Senior spring and summer, you are off-campus at clinical rotations for 3 weeks for 6-8 hours per day Monday through Friday. Between rotations you will be on campus for lectures, testing, and labs. These weeks on campus are challenging. It is quite difficult for working students during this time. (Senior spring and summer)
The most important prerequisite courses are the sciences. If you are unable to have all courses complete before you apply, try to have the sciences and maths complete. Make the highest grades you can...GPA does matter. This will make your application more competitive.
Inform yourself about the field of laboratory science. Become a member of the American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science. Become a member of the Texas State Society for Clinical Laboratory Scientists. Attend meetings for these groups. Volunteer in a lab if possible. Taking this type of initiative will make your application more competitive.
We will mail hard-copy letters out in early to mid March. You will be told of your status (accepted, not accepted or alternate.) You will also be told if you have been given a "conditional acceptance" based on successful completion of your prerequisites in the Spring and Summer semesters.