Eligibility and Requirements

To be considered for admission into KU's Clinical Laboratory Science program, the following are required:

  1. female CLS student at microscope (photo)Prerequisite Courses
    Prior to entering the program students must complete two years of undergraduate college course work including a total of 57 semester credit hours. Please see the complete list of prerequisite courses for details.

    Science and math prerequisite courses will only be accepted if they have been taken within the six years prior to the submission of the application for admission to the program.

    Students need to demonstrate the ability to handle full academic course loads (more than 12 credit hours per semester) during their enrollment in prerequisite course work.

  2. Grade Point Average
    An overall grade point average (GPA) of 2.70 on a 4.00 scale is required. The GPA of all science courses taken must also be 2.70 on a 4.00 scale. In addition, student transcripts must document an individual course grade of no less than "C" on each biology, chemistry, and math prerequisite course. All grades (including courses that were repeated) will be used in the calculation of GPA.

  3. Health and Physical Requirements
    Good physical and mental health are essential. Physical or other disabilities are evaluated on a case by case basis by the program and by the Equal Employment Opportunity Office at KUMC. Please review the program's technical standards for details. Physical examinations are required prior to the time of registration for classes at KUMC.

  4. Background Check
    The Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) requires all incoming students to pay for a background check. This one-time fee must be paid directly to the company performing the background investigation. You will be asked to provide information and make the payment once you have been officially accepted into the program. For more information, please see the School of Health Professions Background Check Instructions.

  5. Shadow Experience
    Applicants are required to participate in a shadowing activity to ensure that they are fully aware of the type of work performed by medical laboratory scientists. Shadowing involves observing the operations of a medical laboratory, the job duties and responsibilities of the various personnel and becoming aware of the level of professionalism needed to function in this career. To fulfill this requirement, students should contact a hospital laboratory and ask to spend some time observing specimen processing, workflow, phlebotomy, and other laboratory procedures. A minimum of two hours are to be scheduled, covering as many aspects of the laboratory as possible. There is no maximum time limit. Applicants should be aware that they may need to participate in some preparatory training (confidentiality; safety, etc.) prior to being allowed to shadow in a lab. These requirements will vary based on the institution selected for the shadowing experience.

  6. International Students:
    An applicant is considered an international student if he or she requires a visa, or currently resides in the U.S. with non-immigrant status, or currently resides in the U.S. while applying for permanent residency. Additional requirements and documentation, such as proof of English language proficiency, are required for international students to become eligible for KU programs. Please review the information for international students before applying.
    International students must have international transcripts evaluated by a transcript evaluation service that will provide a course-by-course evaluation of their degree including a grade equivalency and credit-hour equivalency. This is needed to facilitate the transfer of specific courses into the degree requirements of the Clinical Laboratory Science degree program.

English Language Requirements

Students in clinical laboratory science are required to have strong command of the English language, both to ensure success during their education and also to be properly prepared for employment after graduation. Special requirements apply to any student that is not a citizen of one of the following countries where English is the native language, or have earned a baccalaureate degree (or higher) from an institution in one of them: United States, Great Britain, Australia, New Zealand, or English-speaking provinces in Canada.

To verify English language requirements have been met, official exam results from either the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) must have been obtained within the two years prior to application:

  • Internet-based TOEFL minimum requirements: At least 23 or higher on the reading and listening sections; a score of 5.0 or 23 or higher on the writing section; a score of 26 or higher on the speaking section.

  • IELTS minimum requirements: Overall band score of 7.5 and no part score lower than 7.0.

  • Official documentation means that your test scores must be sent directly from the administering agency to KUMC. ETS school code for KUMC: 6895. Failure to submit official documentation will delay the admission process.

Meet the requirements? Proceed to How to Apply

BEFORE STARTING THE APPLICATION, ALL STUDENTS MUST HAVE CONSULTED WITH AN ADVISER IN THE KU DEPARTMENT OF CLINICAL LABORATORY SCIENCES! Failure to contact an advisor could result in a delay in your start date to the program.

Jan Hudzicki, PhD, is chair of the admissions committee for the department. She may be contacted via email: clsed@kumc.edu with other questions you may have about the application requirements.


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Last modified: Jun 17, 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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Advising

We're here to answer questions and help students prepare for an exciting career in laboratory science. Advising for prospective students is available Monday-Friday by appointment. Please email clsed@kumc.edu for scheduling.

For advising on the KU Lawrence campus, please see the KU Undergraduate Advising Center at 785-864-2834, TTY 711, or visit Strong Hall Room 132.

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