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.
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.
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