Clinical Laboratory Science

As “illness investigators,” medical laboratory scientists use sophisticated instruments to analyze blood and other body tissue and fluids – providing the essential information used to make diagnoses and plan treatment. From anthrax incidents to the emergence of SARS and avian flu, these professionals are involved in investigating events that make headlines all over the world. The extensive scientific knowledge and skill developed through the program also provides the student with a distinct advantage should he or she decide to pursue further academic or professional studies.

image of cells under microscope (photo) In KU’s one-of-a-kind accredited CLS program, students learn in a innovative dual-track program featuring molecular biotechnology and the traditional clinical concentrations. Because of the continued growth of the profession, students of KU's CLS program have a nearly 100-percent placement rate following graduation.

Students enter the KU CLS program after two years of prerequisite course work. They then complete two years of clinical laboratory science courses at KU Medical Center in Kansas City, Kan. to earn a bachelor's degree and sit for the registry exam.

Students interested in KU's program in clinical laboratory science should contact an advisor as soon as possible in their college career. Planning ahead allows students to obtain the required course work and help prevent unnecessary expense in preparation for CLS.

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The department also offers a Master of Science in Molecular Biotechnology degree program for students interested in continuing their academic pursuits at the graduate level.


The KU Clinical Laboratory Science degree programs are accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences, 5600 N. River Road, Suite 720, Rosemont, IL 60018; 773-714-8880. The clinical concentration is an NAACLS-accredited medical laboratory science program. The molecular biotechnology concentration is an NAACLS-accredited diagnostic molecular science program. Documents relating to accreditation status are available at the department office by request. Information for students.

Board of Certification pass rates and job-placement information: see CLS program outcomes PDF document icon

Last modified: Jul 25, 2016

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Prospective Students
The priority deadline to apply to this program is December 15. Applications may be accepted after the deadline based on space available in the next class. Note: applications are no longer accepted for the class entering fall 2016.

Learn about this program:
Program overview
Eligibility and requirements
Prerequisites
Tuition and fees
Curriculum
KU Core Courses PDF document
How to apply
FAQ


For advising on the KU Lawrence campus, please contact Robin Merritt in the KU Undergraduate Advising Center, Strong Hall Room 132.

Students from other institutions: please contact Jan Hudzicki at KU Medical Center for advising assistance.

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