Application and Admission Requirements


Application and Selection

Applicants who are in their junior year of a baccalaureate degree must be from one of the following affiliated academic institutions in order to receive college credit for courses completed in the program:
  • Blackburn College
  • Bradley University
  • Eastern Illinois University
  • Greenville University
  • Illinois College
  • Millikin University
  • Quincy University
  • Southern Illinois University - Edwardsville
  • University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh
  • Western Illinois University
Applicants from non-affiliated academic institutions must possess a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college/university prior to entering the program.

Applicants must submit a completed application by December 1 to be considered for the following July class. Please fill in form, print and mail back to St. John's School of Clinical Laboratory Science with the non-refundable $25 application fee.

Applicants must also complete an on-site personal interview in the fall preceding the clinical year. A list of available interview dates will be sent following receipt of application materials. Applicants must notify the program of their choice of date. While the School makes every effort to accommodate choices, an interview date is assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. Interviews consist of a presentation of the faculty, a general orientation, laboratory tour and personal interviews with members of the Student Selection Committee. This in-depth approach requires a half day.

Official transcripts from all universities and colleges attended must be submitted by December 1. Three reference forms must be completed by a biology and a chemistry professor/instructor or teaching assistant, another science professor or current/former employer and also submitted by December 1.

Admission to the program is competitive, based on academic and non–academic selection criteria. Academic performance is assessed through college transcripts. Non-academic criteria are assessed through application materials, reference forms and the personal interviews. These include, but are not limited to: interpersonal skills, dependability, adaptability, integrity, organizational ability, initiative, communication skills, laboratory skills, and problem solving.

Applicants who meet the qualifications for admission are eligible for acceptance regardless of race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, ancestry, marital status, disability, political affiliation, military discharge or any other characteristic protected by law.

Admission requirements

  • Applicants must be guaranteed a baccalaureate degree from their affiliated college/university upon successful completion of the program; OR possess a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college/university prior to entering the program.
  • A minimum overall and science grade point average of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale are required at the time of application.
  • A minimum of 16 semester hours of chemistry, which must include general chemistry, organic chemistry and/or biochemistry are required; three courses must include laboratory experience.
  • A minimum of 16 semester hours of biological sciences; immunology, microbiology with laboratory experience and physiology (may be included in a general course) are required. One additional course must include laboratory experience. Recommended courses to fulfill remaining college requirements should be drawn from parasitology, genetics, molecular biology, cell biology and human anatomy.
  • A minimum of one course in college-level mathematics. A course in statistics and one in physics are strongly recommended.
  • The content of the chemistry, biological science and mathematics courses acceptable toward meeting the requirements would be those applicable toward a major in those fields or in clinical laboratory science/medical technology.
  • Applicants who met the minimum course requirements seven or more years before application must update their academic preparation. This may be satisfied by earning a grade of C or better in microbiology and biochemistry courses acceptable toward a major or by taking challenge examinations given by the college with at least a C grade.
  • Applicants whose native language is not English must demonstrate a score of 79 on the web-based TOEFL exam (Test of English as a Foreign Language).
  • Transcripts from countries other than the U.S. must be submitted to an evaluation agency that determines U.S. equivalency. A list of such agencies is available from the Program Director.
  • Applicants must be able to meet the following essential functions: ability to grasp with one or both hands; adequate eye-hand coordination and finger dexterity to perform all laboratory procedures; ability to bend, stoop, stand and lift; normal or corrected vision to observe such things as microscopic work, graphs, charts, manuals and for color discrimination; normal, corrected or aid able hearing; ability to communicate effectively with patients and health care personnel; ability to comprehend verbal and written instructions, ability to memorize, analyze and synthesize material; and ability to act reasonably independently.
  • It is the responsibility of students with disabilities to request reasonable accommodations to execute the essential functions.
  • A physical examination is required, at the student's expense, prior to entrance to the program to determine whether a student's health enables her/him to meet the essential functions.
  • Selected students must pass a criminal background check and drug screen, at their own expense, prior to the start of the program.