Frequently Asked Questions

What if I already have a bachelor's degree?
All students who are accepted into the CLS program at the University of Kansas Medical Center must satisfy our degree requirements for a bachelor's degree in CLS. Students who already have a degree will receive a second degree.

Requirements and process for admission or application to the program
Everything needed for application can be found in the how to apply section.

Costs of program
Visit the costs and financial aid page for information. The tuition is subject to change every year. The current tuition and fees for the program are published in the Timetable of Classes for the University of Kansas. Students enroll for 70-72 credit hours during the 2 years at the Medical Center campus. There are additional campus and laboratory fees students also pay.

Living Arrangement Possibilities for Students
The KU Medical Center campus does not have dorms. Students typically find housing in apartments in the metro area.

How to apply for financial aid
All student loans must be obtained through KU Medical Center and not your current school. (This includes students currently attending the KU-Lawrence campus). For student loan opportunities, assistance and forms please visit the Office of the Registrar website.

Program starting and ending dates
The CLS program has one intake of students in the fall semester (August) of each academic year. Students completing one concentration (clinical or molecular) will graduate in May of the second year while those competing both concentrations will graduate the following December.

What is the application deadline?
Applications received by December 15 are reviewed first. Applications continue to be accepted until the class is filled.

Can I do a phone interview for out of state applications?
The admissions committee would consider such a request.

Part-time employment possibilities
Students should consider carefully their academic schedule before accepting part-time employment, as the last two years are science-intensive. Students in the program are often able to find employment in local hospital and reference laboratories.

Health insurance opportunities
All students are required to have health insurance. The student admissions office on campus has information about acceptable insurance policies for students. Please contact them to determine the cost.

Official uniform requirements
Currently the students are required to wear plain-colored scrubs (without printed figures).

I am an international student from India but English is my primary spoken language. Am I required to provide English language proficiency exam scores?
Yes. Please see our requirements for international students on the eligibility page.

What on-campus housing options are available for students?
There is no student housing on the KU Medical Center campus. Most students live in apartments in surrounding neighborhoods and are responsible for arranging their own housing. Many local housing ads are posted online. Housing is available for students on the Lawrence campus. See Student Housing for information.

Is the background check required when applying to the program?
No,
not during the application process, but students are required to follow the background check procedure once accepted into the program and to complete it before entering the program.

I already have a degree, but it's not from a U.S. college or university. What steps do I need to take?
All non-U.S. transcripts must be evaluated before they will be accepted. Please see our information for international students page for more details about this procedure.

I need driving directions.
KU Medical Center is centrally located in Kansas City and easily accessible from I-35. The campus resides at 39th Street and Rainbow Boulevard. See: KU Medical Center maps, parking and directions. The main campus of KU is located in Lawrence, Kan. along Interstate 70. See: KU-Lawrence maps, parking and directions.

Last modified: Jun 19, 2014

Prospective Students
The priority deadline to apply to this program is December 15. Applications are no longer being accepted for the class entering fall 2014. Applications will be available for the next year's class on Sept. 1.

Graduates of KU's clinical laboratory science program have an average passing rate of 93% on the ASCP Board of Certification Exam.


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