Admissions Criteria

The LSU Health Shreveport BS Medical Laboratory Science Program accepts applications for admission via the Allied Health Centralized Application Service (AHCAS). Applicants should send all application materials directly to AHCAS. Applicants should NOT send any application documents directly to the Program or LSU Health Shreveport.

Medical Lab Science - Admission Dates (2024)

Application: Allied Health Centralized Application Service (AHCAS) 

Application Term

Application Deadline*

Classes begin

Spring 2024

October 15, 2023

January 8, 2024

Summer 2024

January 15, 2024

May 20, 2024
Fall 2024 June 1, 2024 August 19, 2024

*Deadline for complete AHCAS applications: e-submitted, payment received, and all transcripts received.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion 

In the School of Allied Health Professions’ admissions and recruitment processes, we pursue diverse cohorts of students in each program to enhance the learning experiences of all of our students, and foster an open and welcoming environment that promotes inclusion, respect, and compassion.

LSU Health Shreveport adopts a definition of diversity that embraces a broad spectrum of human expression and characteristics that include but are not limited to race, ethnicity, gender/gender identity, social and cultural attributes, abilities, sexual orientation, religion, rural or metropolitan background, military or veteran status, and age. In addition, diversity also includes life experiences, record of service, and other talents and personal attributes that enhance the work and learning atmosphere. We are dedicated to building an inclusive and diverse community through the recruitment, enrollment, hiring, and retention/graduation of students, faculty, staff, and leadership who meet this definition of diversity.

LEARN MORE about the AHEAD Scholar Tuition Waiver for Students from Underrepresented Groups. 

The following are minimum admission requirements for the Bachelor of Science in Medical Laboratory Science Program:

1. Minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of 2.5 (on a 4.0 scale).

2. Grade of "C" or better in required pre-requisite courses.

3. Pre-requisite courses earned from a regionally accredited U.S. college or university by the first day of class. Prospective students interested in a pre-requisite course check are invited to email unofficial college transcripts to the Program Director, Dr. Stephanie Blackburn at

Required Prerequisite Courses
English (Composition) 6
Chemistry (General / Inorganic - Lecture and Laboratory) 8

Mathematics (College Algebra or above)
Recommended: Algebra and Statistics (Statistics must be from Math Department)

Biology (General - Consecutive Lecture and Laboratory for Science Majors) 8
Microbiology (Lecture and Laboratory) 4
Science Elective (200/2000 level or higher) 

Recommended: Anatomy/Physiology, Organic Chemistry, Biochemistry, Immunology, Genetics, Parasitology, Advanced/Medical Microbiology


General Electives
Recommended: Communications, Technical Writing, or Management


Fine Arts Electives
Recommended: Art, Dance, Music, or Theater


Recommended: History, English, Philosophy, or Religious Studies.

Social Science 6

4. After initial processing of applications, selected applicants will be contacted to arrange an interview.

5. Accepted students must certify that they meet the technical standards established by the program with or without reasonable accommodations. 

Please note: Accepted students are assigned a provisional admission status until meeting conditions outlined in the acceptance letter and completing pre-matriculation requirements set forth by the Office of the Registrar. As part of the pre-matriculation requirements, accepted students are required to pass a drug screen and criminal background check prior to matriculation. Offers of acceptance are contingent on passing both.

Residents of AR and TX are eligible for in-state tuition rates!


Student Admissions Office
(318) 813-2908

Medical Laboratory Science

Dr. Stephanie Blackburn, Program Director
(318) 813-2912

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