Students who have a BS with at least 30 science credits (biology, chemistry, and/or medical sciences) can apply to a Graduate Certificate program to gain mastery of the technical and analytical skills in specific areas of clinical or research laboratory practice.
Note: We communicate with applicants via email, so please provide a valid email address and adjust your email settings to allow mail from Jefferson.edu.
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May 15th: International Students
August 1st: U.S. Citizens, Permanent Residents, and International Students with Current F-1 Visas
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:
1-877-JEFF-247 or 215-503-8890
Degree & GPA
Students are required to have a Bachelor's degree. A 3.0 GPA is strongly recommended.
Courses & Credits
At least 30 credits: Biological & Chemical Sciences w/Laboratory. 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.
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.
Submit the $50 application fee.
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.
In the online application you will be requested to submit a personal statement that is between 400-600 words. In your essay, you should describing your motivation or desire to become a Biotechnologist, Cytotechnologist, or Medical Laboratory Scientist.
This program does not require letters of recommendation to apply. However, the admission committee may request one in the future. If requested, letters of recommendation can be from an academic source (professors, instructors, advisors) or a professional source (manager, supervisor, volunteer coordinator).
Please see our additional information for applying as an International Student.
English Language Proficiency
Send official TOEFL scores (if applicable) to Thomas Jefferson University at the following address:
130 South 9th St.
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.
Phone: 1-877-JEFF-247 (1-877-533-3247)