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Certificate Program Application and Supporting Documentation

Diagnostic Genetic Sciences and Medical Laboratory Sciences

Click on program below for additional program-specific admission criteria and information. The MLS certificate program is not approved for International students.

Admission Criteria

Admission to a certificate program is open to students provided they meet the following criteria. Admission is competitive with limited enrollment:

  1. To be competitive, applicants should have a total GPA and a science GPA of 2.7 or better.
  2. Earned baccalaureate degree (or complete requirements prior to matriculation*)

    * Applicants who have not fulfilled all required prerequisite coursework must complete any unmet requirements prior to enrolling in the practicum semester.

  3. Coursework in the following areas; passed with a grade of C or better:
    • Biochemistry
    • Cell biology (Diagnostic Genetic Sciences Certificate program only)
    • Computer Terminology and Application (may be a component of another course)
    • Two semesters of General Chemistry with lab
    • General Genetics or Human Genetics
    • Immunology (Medical Laboratory Sciences Certificate program only)
    • Microbiology (including Virology)
    • Precalculus or higher
    • Organic Chemistry
    • Statistics

Submission Deadline

  • Priority review and decision will be given to applications filed by February 1st.
  • Applications filed after February 1st will be considered on a space available basis.
  • International applicants are advised to start the admission process one year in advance of anticipated matriculation to ensure approval through the ISSS Office.

 

Please note: Program annual start dates:

                    DGS – August

                    MLS - January

Required Documentation

The Application, Personal Statement information, and Recommendation Forms are in Adobe's Portable Document Format (PDF). Applicants can download a free version of the software at Adobe Acrobat reader.

Department of Allied Health Sciences Certificate Program application and supporting documentation become the confidential property of the department and cannot be returned. The Department of Allied Health Sciences WILL NOT provide copies of the application or supporting documentation. Please retain copies for your own files (if possible).

Applicant must submit:

 

  1. Certificate Program application and Instructions:

    Applicants must complete the Department of Allied Health Sciences' "Application for Certificate Programs." Applications will NOT be reviewed unless ALL information is complete.

  2. Personal statement:

    Applicants are required to submit a 500 word personal statement outlining their career goals as they relate to the program of application. Applicants applying to more than one program are required to submit a personal statement for each program.

  3. 2 Letters of Recommendation: (Certificate recommendation form)

    Applicants must supply the admissions committee with at least two (2) but no more than three (3) letters of recommendation. These must be academic, employment, or volunteer experience references (no personal references). They should be sealed in an envelope then signed across the seal by the evaluator. It is preferable, when possible, to include sealed letters of recommendation with your application. Otherwise, they should be sent to the address indicated on the form. Applicants to multiple programs need only supply two (2) recommendations.

  4. Transcripts:

    Applicants must submit documentary evidence of all collegiate work completed (including if applicable, courses in progress).

    1. Unofficial Transcripts: (UConn applicants only - access through PeopleSoft Account) If you have completed course work at UConn as a matriculated or non-degree student, you MUST submit a UConn transcript.
    2. Official Transcripts (Certificate and UConn applicants with coursework from all other institutions) Applicants who completed course work at institutions other than the University of Connecticut MUST submit official transcripts from each school attended whether or not you graduated from that school. Additionally, a transcript showing the date of graduation is required. Unofficial or copies of transcripts are not acceptable to the Department of Allied Health Sciences. Applications will not be considered without such documentation.
    3. International Transcripts: Applicants with education outside of the U.S. or Canada must submit transcripts of all college coursework to a transcript evaluation agency (i.e. www.wes.org) (link) for translation and evaluation for equivalency. International applicants should allow a lead time of six months or more to complete all requirements of entry into the United States.

     

  5. Application Fee:

            There is a non-refundable application fee of $70 per program for the Department of Allied Health Sciences Certificate Program application; checks should be made payable to the "University of Connecticut" and mailed with the other application documents to the submission address below. 

Please note:  If admission to the program is offered, a $150.00 registration deposit is required at the time the student accepts the offer. This deposit will be applied toward the tuition. This fee is non-refundable; students who accept admission but do not matriculate are not entitled to a refund of the deposit.

*International Applicants: If you are an International applicant, please refer to and comply with the special instructions for application. The Department of Allied Health Sciences cannot review applications or extend offers of admission to international applicants who have not submitted documentation in keeping with the requirements of the International Student & Scholar Services (ISSS) as part of the application process. Please contact the ISSS Office (Email: international@uconn.edu; Phone: (860) 486-3855; Fax: (860) 486-5800; Web: www.global.uconn.edu/about/isss/) for specific requirements for international applicants. Failure to meet ISSS requirements will result in a revocation of a Certificate program's offer of admission. Applicants forfeit the program deposit (if applicable). It is the applicant's responsibility to contact ISSS and coordinate the university approval and international student admission process.

Please note: The Medical Laboratory Sciences (MLS) program is not open to international students at this time.

Current Diagnostic Genetic Sciences (DGS) or Medical Laboratory Sciences (MLS) Undergraduates

Applicants who have or will complete a DGS or MLS undergraduate degree and want to complete either the Diagnostic Genetic Sciences or Medical Laboratory Sciences Certificate are required to submit the application and personal statement only; submission of transcripts and letters of recommendation are not required.

Submission Address

University of Connecticut
Department of Allied Health Sciences
ATTN: Certificate Program Admissions
358 Mansfield Road Unit 1101
Storrs, CT 06269-1101

Important Admission Notes

  • Offers of admission and acceptances to the Department of Allied Health Sciences are conditional and contingent upon the successful completion of all prerequisite courses and any other contingencies. Failure to successfully complete prerequisites or other contingencies, or failure to provide documentation of graduation with a Bachelors degree may be cause for revocation of offer of admission.
  • Requests to defer an offer of admission must be placed in writing to the Program Director. Requests to defer will be considered on a space available basis and for a period not more than one year after the date of admission that was offered.
    • Request prior to matriculation: Students wishing to defer admission either a) before matriculation (prior to submission of deposit and supporting documentation) or, b) beyond one year must submit a new application for the academic year they wish to attend. The offer of admission under this situation is not guaranteed and is subject to space availability.
    • Requests following matriculation: Students who request a deferment after they accept and submit the deposit and supporting documentation may do so in writing for a period not more than one year after the date of admission. The offer of admission under this situation is not guaranteed and is subject to space availability. The deposit is retained for application to the first semester’s tuition; deposit is forfeited if student chooses not to matriculate.
  • The admission process for international applicants (including I-20 and VISA issuance) can take 6 months to a year to complete. Applicants are encouraged to allow adequate time for processing. Initial I-20 or DS-2019 documentation, along with the final admission packet, will be forwarded to the mailing and billing address indicated on the application. Please note that it will take approximately 4 to 6 weeks for documentation to reach you if mailed by regular overseas mail. Documents cannot be expedited to a post office box address and must have a valid phone number attached for delivery confirmation.
 

 

 

Department of Allied Health Sciences
College of Agriculture, Health and Natural Resources
358 Mansfield Road, Unit 1101
Storrs, Connecticut 06269-1101
Telephone: (860) 486-2834
Fax: (860) 486-5375