Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University
Jefferson College of Health Professions
Medical Laboratory Sciences & Biotechnology

1-Year Option Bachelor's Program

Students with three prior years of specific prerequisite coursework, who are seeking a Bachelor of Science (BS) in Medical Laboratory Sciences & Biotechnology can enter Thomas Jefferson University for upper-division study after completing prerequisite coursework at another school. The 1-Year Option allows students to earn a BS in one calendar year of full-time study.

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Application Deadlines

May 15th: International Students
August 1st: U.S. Citizens, Permanent Residents, and International Students with Current F-1 Visas

International Students

International applicants who are coming from abroad or who are in the U.S. on a non-F-1 visa are strongly encouraged to submit their admission application by May 15th to ensure enough time to complete the visa process. We still accept and review international applications after May 15th, but may need to defer the application to a later start term due to the visa application timeline.

Additional information for applying as an International Student.

Note: International applicants who are currently in the U.S. studying in F-1 status with another school have until August 1st to submit their admission application.

U.S. Citizens, Permanent Residents, and International Students with Current F-1 Visas

U.S. Citizens, Permanent Residents, and international students in current F-1 status must submit their admission application by August 1st.

Decisions are granted on a rolling basis throughout the cycle until the class is filled. We may contact academically eligible applicants via e-mail to schedule an interview (provided space is still available). Decisions include: Offer of Admission, Denied Admission, Hold for Grades, and Waitlist.


The majority of your prerequisites must be completed before an admissions decision can be made. You do not need to have your prerequisites completed before you apply. You may also earn credits through standardized tests, including CLEP.

Questions about Prerequisites can be directed to 215-503-8890 or

Degree & GPA

No degree is required. Incoming students must have taken three years at an accredited college. A 3.0 GPA is strongly recommended.

Courses & Credits

70 credits from specific science, math, english and elective courses. All science courses must be completed within 10 years of applying to Thomas Jefferson University. Courses must be completed with a grade of “C” or above to be eligible for transfer. A grade of “C-” or below will not be eligible for transfer.

Course acceptance subject to Academic Counselor approval.

Biology I w/ lab


Biology II w/ lab


Chemistry I w/ lab


Chemistry II w/ lab


Anatomy & Physiology I w/ lab*


Anatomy & Physiology II w/ lab*


Organic Chemistry w/ lab










* 8 credits of A&P I and II or 4 credits of Human Anatomy and 4 credits of Human Physiology. Labs must be included. 

** Must be writing intensive courses

*** Courses cannot be remedial or review in nature and cannot include Physical Education or Technical courses. May include Arts, Humanities, Social Sciences, Sciences and Foreign Languages.

Strongly Recommend Science Courses w/ Lab for MLS track applicants*: Analytic Chemistry/Biochemistry, Molecular Biology

*Failure to take the “Strongly Recommended Science Courses” would result in the inability to obtain a CLS/MLS License in several states.

Strongly Recommend Science Courses w/ Lab for Cytotechnology track applicants: Biochemistry

Online sciences courses will not fulfill the science prerequisites. If you have questions about online classes, please contact Admissions at

Performance Requirements/Technical Standards

Technical standards are the fundamental abilities a student needs to complete every activity his/her degree requires. These standards are determined by the competency, proficiency and/or skill standards set forth by accrediting and professional organizations appropriate to each program.

Technical Standards of the Department of Medical Laboratory Sciences & Biotechnology are:

  • Ability to observe and participate in classroom exchanges, demonstrations, experiments and other learning venues in the applicable laboratory discipline or in interdisciplinary didactic and clinical settings.
  • Ability to analyze, synthesize, solve problems and reach interpretive judgments.
  • Sufficient use of the senses of vision, hearing, somatic sensation and motor movement necessary to learn and perform applicable laboratory procedures and associated data management in the classroom, clinical or research setting.
  • Ability to communicate electronically, in writing and verbally with faculty, other students and professional colleagues with accuracy, clarity, efficiency and timeliness.
  • Sufficient cognitive and physical ability to comply with physical, chemical and biohazard precautions.

The technical standards of the Department do allow for the use of an assistive device (or devices), program time extensions or other forms of support necessary to accomplish the requirements of the program. Such accommodation must be requested in a timely manner, and must be documented, reasonable, appropriate and available to the Department and/or the student.

Application Process

Create an account by visiting our applicant portal, TJAPP.  Follow the directions to complete the application.

For application related questions, please visit TJAPP Instructions and FAQ's.

Application Fee

Submit the $50 application fee to TJAPP.

Official Transcripts

Submit official post-secondary transcripts, and if applicable, international evaluations directly to TJAPP:

P.O. Box 9130
Watertown, MA 02471

If your courses were completed outside of the United States, you must submit a course-by-course evaluation from WES.

Personal Statement/Essay

  • Describe a current ethical or moral healthcare issue and explain how it may change or affect the role of healthcare practitioners in your desired profession.


  • Describe a situation you have encountered in the past that required you to use critical thinking and problem solving skills. Based on that experience, explain how you might resolve a similar issue in your desired healthcare profession.

Recommendation Letters

Two letters of recommendation are required by TJAPP for application completion.

Students will need to provide the name and email address of recommenders during time of application. TJAPP will email a recommendation form directly to the references.  References return the recommendation form directly to TJAPP, not the student. 

If you have letters of recommendation previously written for you by a reference, contact your counselor directly.

International Students

Please see our additional information for applying as an International Student.

English Language Proficiency

TOEFL Requirements

Send official TOEFL scores (if applicable) to Thomas Jefferson University at the following address:

130 South 9th St.
Suite 100
Philadelphia, PA 19107
TOEFL code = 2903

Drug, Criminal Background & Child Abuse Clearances

All students who are offered admission are required to have a criminal background check and child abuse clearance. In addition, PA students who are offered admission are required to be fingerprinted and undergo a drug test. Some clinical sites may require health professions and pharmacy students to be fingerprinted and/or undergo a drug test. The Office of Admissions will provide you with the appropriate information to complete these requirements, as needed.

Clinical rotation and fieldwork sites that require a criminal background check, child abuse clearance and/or fingerprinting may deny a student’s participation in the clinical experience, rotation or fieldwork because of a felony or misdemeanor conviction or a record of child abuse. Clinical sites may also deny participation in clinical experiences for other reasons, such as failure of a required drug test, or inability to produce an appropriate health clearance. As participation in clinical experiences, rotations or fieldwork is a required part of the curriculum and a requirement for graduation, denial of participation by a clinical site may result in delay of graduation or the inability to graduate from the Program.

Regardless of whether or not a student graduates from Thomas Jefferson University, individuals who have been convicted of a felony or misdemeanor may be denied certification or licensure as a health professional. Information regarding individual eligibility may be obtained from the appropriate credentialing bodies.

Contact Us

Thomas Jefferson University
Office of Admissions
Phone: 215-503-8890