Master of Science in Clinical Laboratory Sciences Advanced Practice Track

The program is a career entry-level curriculum for students with a B.S. degree in biology or chemistry and desire to enter a career in the clinical laboratory. The program provides the necessary educational experiences for the student to qualify for national certification as a medical laboratory scientist /medical technologist and to apply for a Tennessee license to practice as a medical laboratory professional. In addition to their B.S. degree requirements, qualified students must have successfully completed with a “C” or better the specific courses required for medical laboratory science. Go to the Medical Laboratory Science page for information about the program.

To apply to the program, applicants must:

  1. Complete all of the pre-requisite courses for the undergraduate degree in medical laboratory science with a grade of “C” or better:

    General Biology 8 semester hours
    Microbiology 4 semester hours
    Anatomy & Physiology or Human Physiology 4 semester hours
    General Chemistry 8 semester hours
    Organic Chemistry 8 semester hours
    College Algebra or higher math 3 semester hours
  2. Have an earned B.S. degree in biology, chemistry, microbiology or other science from an accredited university.
  3. Submit a satisfactory score on the Graduate Record Exam (GRE).
  4. Complete forty-two (42) semester hours of the undergraduate professional pre-requisite courses (the first year of the BS in medical lab science program) with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale.
  5. Students must submit a letter of intent to the Admissions Committee of the Department of Clinical Laboratory Sciences in the Spring of the first year of the program.
  6. Meet faculty expectations on the student professional performance evaluation.

Students must initially apply to and be accepted into the B.S. Program in Medical Laboratory Science. The application deadline is December 1st for early acceptance, April 1st for regular acceptance and July 1st for late acceptance. The program is for full time students and begins in August each year. Graduate applicants will be notified by the Dean of the College of Health Professions in early June advising them of their admission status. Master’s level course work begins in the second fall term.


Master’s level courses in the second year will be taken with the BS in MT students but will have higher level course learning objectives to improve the learner’s critical thinking and problem solving skills. To achieve these objectives, graduate students will have additional assignments in each course including clinical rotations. These assignments will include but are not limited to: additional reading assignments, essay test questions, journal critiques, case study presentations, research papers and independent learning assignments. The fall semester of the second year will be extended to allow time to complete these graduate assignments.

Grading Scale

The grading scale for CLS graduate students is as follows:
95-100 =A
Below 75=F
Graduate students must maintain a GPA of 3.0 or higher. Academic probation or dismissal from the program may result if the GRA falls below 3.0.

Master's Project and Graduation

During the second Winter/Spring semester, graduate students will begin work with a faculty mentor on a Master’s Level Project, which will be written in a format suitable for publication in a clinical journal. Projects will be presented to faculty and students upon completion.
Having met all the requirements for graduation, successful graduate students will complete the program at the end of the summer term in late August and will be eligible to take national certification examinations and apply for a Tennessee license to practice in the state. Graduation will be held in early December of the second year.

For more information, please contact:
Kathy Kenwright, MS, MT(ASCP)SI, MB
Chairman, Department of Clinical Laboratory Sciences
University of Tennessee Health Science Center
930 Madison Avenue, Suite 664
Memphis, TN  38163
Fax 901-448-7545

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Department of Clinical Lab Sciences

930 Madison - Suite 664
Memphis, Tennessee 38163
Phone: 901-448-6304