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Admissions Instructions


General Policy
Each student must exhibit professional conduct, satisfactory progress in academic standing and practical achievement. The Program reserves the right to require, at any time, the removal of any student whose attitude, conduct, health, scholastic records or practical experience is not in harmony with the policies of the College or hospital, or its best interests.

Application and Admission
A Student must have completed or be in process of completing the required pre‐major courses through Semester 4  before applying for admission into the program. Admission is competitive, with a limited number of clinical training positions available.

Application forms are available on the Medical Laboratory website or from the Medical Laboratory Science Program office. In addition to the application form, applicants will need to include copies of academic transcripts, a resume detailing volunteer, paid, and unpaid experience, two letters of reference, and a well-written and structured personal statement addressing questions specified in the application form. 

Deadline For Applications:
February 15th for entry in to the Fall of that same year.

At least two members of the MLS Admissions Committee review applications and applicants will be notified of decisions in April. Please consult the Program Director for specific admission procedures.  

Admission and Retention Requirements:
Students must have completed the foundational courses and must have a 3.0 cumulative GPA for entry into the program.  Students are required to maintain a 3.0 cumulative GPA and a 3.0 in the major to remain in good standing with the MLS program.  

Minimum Grade Requirement
Students must earn a grade of C or better in all Medical Laboratory Science (MLS) courses. A minimum grade of C is required for a biology course to be used to satisfy a prerequisite for a biology course required for the major requirements for the BS in Medical Laboratory Science

There shall be no discrimination on the basis of age, sex, race, color, religion, national origin, marital status, physical or mental handicap for admission to the program.


Students must meet the following non-academic essential functions:

  • Vision
    The student must be able to read charts and graphs, instructions, read instrument scales, discriminate color, read microscopic materials, and record results.
  • Communication:  hearing, speech, writing
    The student must be able to verbally communicate understandably
    The students must be able to communicate effectively in writing
  • Fine motor functions and manual dexterity
    The student must process all skills necessary to carry out diagnostic procedures, manipulate tools, instruments and equipment. 
    The student must be able to move freely and safely about the laboratory.
  • Intellectual and Behavioral Skills
    The student must possess the following intellectual skills; comprehension, measurement, mathematical calculation, reasoning, integration, analysis, comparison, self-expression and critical thinking.
    The student must exhibit ethical, compassionate and responsible behaviors


Accreditation, Certification and Licensure Eligibility

National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Science
The CUNY College of Staten Island Medical Laboratory Science program is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Science (NAACLS). The program is required to comply with NAACLS standards for MEDICAL LABORATORY SCIENCE. To view a copy of the MLS standards please visit the NAACLS website at 


National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences 
5600 N. River Road
Suite 720 
Rosemont, IL 60018-5119 
Phone: 773-714-88807


ASCP Board of Certification
Graduates of the Medical Laboratory Science program are eligible for certification by the ASCP-BOC examination and for New York State Licensure.  Granting of the B.S. degree in Medical Laboratory Science is not contingent upon passing an external certification or obtaining licensure.

American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) 
Board of Registry Department #77-3335
Chicago, Illinois 60678-3335
(312) 738-1336


New York State Education Department
The CUNY College of Staten Island Medical Laboratory Science is registered with the New York State Education Department as a CLS licensure- qualifying program.


New York State Education Department Office of the Professions (NYSED OP)
PO Box 22063
Albany, NY 12201 

The College of Staten Island Medical Laboratory Science Program reserves the right to change requirements upon reasonable notice as this may be necessary to maintain the proper standards and objectives of the Program.


  • Application Form:  complete and submit online.
  • Personal narrative:  type and email to the Program at the address below.
  • Unofficial transcripts from the College of Staten Island must be emailed to the Program Director at the address listed below.
  • Recommendation letters: must be sent directly to the Director of the Medical Laboratory Science Program  by your references in signed, sealed envelopes.
  • Return completed forms to: 
    Director, Medical Laboratory Science Program
    CUNY College of Staten Island
    2800 Victory Blvd. Building 6S-Room 143
    Staten Island, NY 10314  or email electronically to
    E‐mail address: