The School of Medical Laboratory Science seeks student applicants who:

  • Demonstrate familiarity with medical laboratory science.
  • Match personal attributes with those required for practice of medical laboratory science

Applicants should also demonstrate a capacity for academic achievement:

  • Minimum Cumulative GPA of 2.5
  • Minimum Chemistry GPA of 2.5
  • Minimum Biology GPA of 2.5
  • Minimum Mathematics GPA of 2.5

Desirable Attributes of Applicants:

  • Logical thought processes facilitating problem solving
  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • Dependability and a sense of responsibility
  • Courtesy and respect in personal relationships
  • Internal Motivation
  • Integrity
  • Maturity
  • Interests or hobbies that enrich personal satisfaction
  • Ability to follow directions
  • Ability to react appropriately and to maintain poise and control under stressful conditions
  • Manual dexterity
Prerequisite for Admission

Prerequisite for Admission

  • Applicants must be enrolled as a Medical Technology/Medical Laboratory Science (Clinical Laboratory Science) student at an affiliated school or have a Bachelor's of Science degree in chemical, physical, or biological science or medical technology, which includes the prerequisite chemistry, biology, and math coursework.
  • Cleveland Clinic School of Medical Laboratory Science has formal affiliation agreements with a number of universities and colleges. See the list of affiliated institutions on this website.
  • The applicant must have a minimum of 90 semester hours (135 quarter hours) of academic credit in a baccalaureate degree program from an accredited institution, including the following courses:
    • Chemistry: A minimum of 16 semester hours (24 quarter hours) acceptable toward a chemistry major is required. A course in organic chemistry or biochemistry must be included. Biochemistry is strongly recommended.
    • Biological Sciences: A minimum of 16 semester hours (24 quarter hours) acceptable toward a biology major is required. Microbiology and immunology must be included. Genetics and parasitology are strongly recommended.
    • Mathematics: One course in college mathematics is required. Remedial mathematics courses will not satisfy the mathematics requirement. A course in statistics is strongly recommended.
  • All 3 + 1 students must have their academic credits evaluated by an authorized individual.
  • Before admission to the program, students must have completed all required pre-clinical courses and be eligible for a Bachelor's of Science degree in chemical, physical, or biological science or medical technology at the completion of the clinical program, or already have a Bachelor's of Science degree in chemical, physical, or biological science or medical technology.
  • Degrees granted by foreign schools must be evaluated and judged to be equivalent of U.S. degrees. See “Applicants with Foreign Credentials” for more information.
  • All prerequisite coursework must be taken within 7 years of the class enrollment date.
  • All students who do not have a Bachelor's of Science degree before entering the program must submit evidence that they are enrolled in a 3+1 program and that their college will grant them a Bachelor's of Science degree in chemical, physical, or biological science or medical technology upon completion of the program.
  • If deadlines are not met, we cannot guarantee the applicant will be considered for the July entrance date.
  • Questions? Contact Barbara Zingale, Program Director, at 216.448.5503 or zingalb@ccf.org.
Technical Standards

Technical Standards

Physical and Motor Skills

Students must:

  • Have fine motor dexterity to collect patient samples, use a microscope, and operate and repair laboratory equipment
  • Have gross motor dexterity to process samples, physical mobility to collect blood specimens from patients, and stamina to tolerate a physically demanding workload
  • Be able to stand for long periods of time and maneuver through narrow spaces, if needed to collect specimens

Sensory / Observational Skills

Students must:

  • Be able to participate in lab and practical demonstrations in clinical areas
  • Have visual acuity sufficient to use microscopes to perform analysis requiring distinguishing structural details and staining characteristics of cells and microorganisms
  • Be able to view computer screens for extended lengths of time
  • Be able to visually identify color and macroparticle reactions on slides, in test tubes, and in microwells. Be able to distinguish morphology of microbes in culture.

Communication Skills

Students must:

  • Be able to communicate in English, both verbally and in writing to all staff, employees, students, patients and other healthcare workers
  • Be able to complete written assignments and participate in classroom discussions

Intellectual and Qualitative Skills

Students must:

  • Have the ability to calculate, measure, interpret and evaluate laboratory data and other research materials
  • Have the ability to organize their work, solve problems, think critically, and make appropriate judgments

Professionalism and Social Behavior

Students must:

  • Have the ability to follow directions, manage time, and meet deadlines
  • Be able to function as part of a team and act as a professional
  • Have the ability to work under pressure, maintaining a calm demeanor and demonstrating maturity
  • Be able to adhere to the regulations of accrediting agencies, comply with safety regulations of the laboratory and maintain a safe environment for themselves and others
  • Be able to act as a professional by wearing appropriate dress, using proper behavior and maintaining personal honesty and integrity.

Members of the Tomsich Pathology Laboratories carry out clinically applied and translational research investigations/projects in diverse areas in the study of human disease. Translational research in pathology aims to bring the discoveries from the lab bench to the bedside.

Active research spans all aspects of disease including basic pathologic and molecular mechanisms; pathologic manifestations and characterization; diagnostic and prognostic markers and studies in blood, tissue, and body fluids; applications of new laboratory technologies; clinical management; and patient outcomes.

Members of the Tomsich Pathology Laboratories obtain funding from a variety of sources, both intramural and extramural. Extramural fund sources include the National Institutes of Health (NIH), other federal and state governmental agencies, professional societies in pathology, and industry.

The Tomsich Pathology Laboratories vigorously pursues partnerships in research and development with industry, including biotechnology, molecular and in vitro diagnostics, pharmaceutical, information technology, and other firms, who recognize the expertise and the resources available in the Laboratories and Cleveland Clinic as an excellent research and development environment.

The Tomsich Pathology Laboratories participate in and supports many collaborative research efforts with clinical departments and with the Lerner Research Institute at Cleveland Clinic. Faculty also play important roles in multi-center research trials.

The Tomsich Pathology Laboratories provide core laboratory support for translational research projects for investigators throughout Cleveland Clinic. The Molecular Pathology Department functions as a core facility for molecular research programs and the extraction of DNA and RNA for multiple investigators.

Techniques available include DNA sequencing, SNP analysis, array-based comparative genomic hybridization, in situ hybridization for DNA and RNA targets, tissue microarrays, laser capture microdissection, cell culture, gel-based and real time polymerase chain reaction (PCR), and other technologies. The Biospecimen Repository is a facility for the collection and storage of well annotated tissue specimens for translational and clinical research. The program procures, catalogs, and provides tissue samples (>5000 per year) for Cleveland Clinic investigators with appropriate IRB approval.

Research programs in pathology at Cleveland Clinic are profiled in the semiannual publication Pathology Research: Clinical and Translational.

Admissions Procedures

Admissions Procedures

  • Each applicant must submit the following information/materials as instructed before any consideration of the application will be given:
    • Completed application form (Deadline: December 1)
    • Fully completed transcript evaluation form
    • Application fee: $20 (non-refundable)
    • Official transcript from each college attended
  • The application file must be completed by December 1. When all of the items listed above have been submitted, the applicant’s academic qualifications are evaluated. Applicants meeting the minimum criteria may be contacted to make an appointment for a personal interview. Please note that meeting the minimum criteria does not guarantee an interview.
  • Letters of Recommendation are not required, but will be accepted. Letters will be reviewed prior to selecting a candidate for an interview. They are not considered in the overall scoring of the applicant.
  • It is the responsibility of the applicant to see that deadline for submitting applications and other application materials is met.
  • After the interview, each applicant who has completed the process will be scored on non-academic characteristics, using information gathered from the application form and interview.
  • The relative weights given to each source of information are:
    • Academic criteria: 60 percent of total score
    • Non-academic criteria
      • Application form: 15 percent of total score
      • Interview: 25 percent of total score
  • Acceptable applicants will be ranked and selected in order of their total scores.
  • Any questions, contact Barbara Zingale, Program Director, 216.448.5503 or zingalb@ccf.org.


  • $7500 tuition fee for 4 + 1 students
  • 3 + 1 students consult with college advisor for fee details
  • Approximately $600 for text books
  • Supplies such as notebooks, shoes, etc.
  • Medical insurance (if needed)

Financial Aid

No stipends are available, but a limited number of scholarships are available for students attending allied health programs at Cleveland Clinic.

Health Insurance

Health care and hospitalization insurance are the responsibility of the student.


Cleveland Clinic has no student housing facilities. The cost of room, board and transportation is borne by the student.

Withdrawal/Refund Policy

A student may withdraw from the School of Medical Laboratory Science at any time. A written letter of intent indicating the anticipated date of withdrawal must be submitted to the Program Director. The reason for the withdrawal is not required. Once the letter of intent is received by the School, the Program Director will set up a meeting with the student to discuss the withdrawal.

The withdrawing student is responsible for returning any borrowed reference materials belonging to the School. The student must surrender his or her temporary ID badge and parking sticker prior to departure on the last day. There will be no reimbursement for any expenses incurred as a result of being in the Program. There will be no refund of tuition after the first week of the program.

The student will be asked to complete a final program evaluation prior to departure.

Students withdrawing from the program prior to January 31 of the clinical year will be considered withdrawn. Students withdrawing from the program after January 31 will be counted as incomplete and will be included in the published outcomes measures according to NAACLS Standards.

Students that do not pay tuition within the agreed upon time frame will no longer be eligible to participate in the program until such time as the tuition is paid. Any decisions regarding tuition payments and due dates are at the sole discretion of the Program Director.