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Transfer students must apply to both the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and to the Division of Clinical Laboratory Science. We rely on the Office of Undergraduate Admissions to review applicant transcripts and determine whether University requirements have been met. The office has published helpful information about transfer course equivalencies on their website. You will submit all your transcripts to Undergraduate Admissions for official review as part of your application to Carolina.

Office of Undergraduate Admissions
CB# 2200 Jackson Hall
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-2200
Phone: (919) 966-3621
Fax: (919) 962-3045

Applicants who already have bachelor’s degrees

Applicants who have previously been awarded a bachelor’s degree in the US, or who have received international degrees that are deemed by Undergraduate Admissions to be equivalent to a bachelor’s degree or higher, are eligible to complete the CLS program and earn a second bachelor’s degree. These students are not required to meet the requirements of the general education curriculum.

If you need to complete any CLS prerequisite courses, you may take these courses at UNC-Chapel Hill or at another institution, i.e., during the summer prior to the CLS program. Credit must be granted for the CLS math and science prerequisites before you may enter the CLS program. Students may wish to enroll through Continuing Studies to complete CLS pre-requisite courses.

Applicants who do not have bachelor’s degrees

All applicants transferring to the University of North Carolina for the CLS program who do not already have a bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) must satisfy the requirements of UNC’s general education curriculum, in addition to the CLS program curriculum, in order to receive a bachelor’s of science in Clinical Laboratory Science from UNC.

Note that math and science prerequisites must be completed before entering the CLS program. (Students may apply to the program before prerequisite courses are complete, but credit must be granted before you may enter the CLS program.) It may be possible to complete some other requirements during summer sessions while enrolled in the CLS program. Additional general education requirements and/or CLS prerequisites may be completed at UNC-Chapel Hill or at another institution. Students may wish to enroll through Continuing Studies to complete CLS pre-requisite courses.

The Office of Undergraduate Admissions has created a suggested course plan that demonstrates how certain community college courses can be applied in order to fulfill requirements.

International applicants

As an international student, there are a few additional considerations:

  • All transcripts must be submitted in English. If you have coursework from non-US institutions, you may need to get an official translation.
  • In addition, you must submit a transcript evaluation for all coursework at non-US institutions.
  • If English is not your first language, you must also submit scores for an English Proficiency Exam.

Applicants with MLT certification

The UNC-CH CLS program may award credit for selected CLS clinical courses if students meet the following criteria:

  1. Graduation from an MLT program accredited by NAACLS
  2. Certification as an MLT(ASCP)
  3. Completion of MLT clinical courses within five years of the student’s acceptance into the UNC-CH CLS program. If students do not meet this requirement, the UNC-CH CLS program will evaluate their clinical experiences since graduation and award credit on a case by case basis.
  4. Successful completion of first-year CLS courses.

MLT students who meet the requirements described above may request to receive credit for the following courses:

Course Credit
Clinical Chemistry Laboratory Rotation CLSC 570L 4
Clinical Hematology Laboratory CLSC 540L 4
Clinical Microbiology Laboratory CLSC 560L 4
Clinical Immunohematology Laboratory CLSC 580L 4

The CLS faculty will review the request for credit and base the approval on the student’s performance in the first two semesters of the CLS program.Credit for other MLT courses is granted on a case-by-case basis. Students are also allowed to challenge any course in the CLS curriculum. Credit is awarded after the successful completion of all other courses.