How to Apply

IMPORTANT: Before beginning an application, please contact a KU advisor in CLS to review prerequisite courses. Failure to contact an advisor could result in a delay in starting the program if missing prerequisite courses are discovered or if certain courses already taken are not transferable to the University of Kansas. Contact information

Before you start the online application

It will be helpful if you have the following information ready before starting the online application:

  • Personal Goals Statement: Please explain why you are interested in pursuing this profession, experiences or activities that have helped you prepare to enter a CLS program, your personal and professional goals, why you feel you would be successful in our program, etc.

  • References: Applicants will enter the names and contact information (including email addresses) of three (3) individuals into the online application. The system will then prompt each person to submit the reference online.

    A reference provides a professional recommendation on your behalf. At least two (2) of the references must be science instructors, preferably laboratory instructors (graduate teaching assistants are acceptable). The third reference may be provided by an employer or an instructor in an area other than science. The recommendations may not be obtained from family members, friends, etc. Make sure each reference is willing to submit this electronically, and inform him or her that they will be receiving an email from “KU Medical Center <>” requesting them to submit a reference for you online.

  • Course Work Plan: Have ready a list of all courses in which you are currently enrolled, and in which you plan to enroll to complete the prerequisites. All required course work must be complete prior to the start date of our program. You will need to list for each course the course number, title, credit Hours, and institution attended.

  • Shadow Documentation: Applicants are required to participate in a minimum of two hours of shadowing activity in a hospital laboratory work environment to ensure that they are fully aware of the type of work performed by medical laboratory scientists.

  • Employment History: We are interested in paid employment positions held while attending college classes. Please provide the approximate number of hours per week worked per semester, the number of credit hours enrolled while employed, each semester's GPA, the name of the employer, and job responsibilities. Applicants are not penalized if they have not worked while attending college.

  • Review the program's technical standards and requirements, which describes the abilities and expectations of all students in the KU Clinical Laboratory Science program. Before submitting the application, students must acknowledge having read this document.

  • English Language Proficiency: All applicants must verify English language proficiency, even those whose first language is English. If required, the TOEFL, TSE, and/or SPEAK tests must have been taken within the two years prior to your application. Official documentation must be sent directly from the administering agency to KUMC using ETS school code 6895. Failure to submit official documentation will delay the admission process.

  • Transcripts: Arrange to have one official copy of each transcript from every college and university that you have attended, both graduate and undergraduate, sent directly to KU Medical Center. If the institution(s) provide electronic transcripts please have them sent to Hardcopy transcripts can be mailed to the address below:  

    Attn: CLS Admissions
    KU Dept. of Clinical Laboratory Sciences
    Mail Stop 4048
    3901 Rainbow Blvd
    Kansas City, KS 66160
    Note: KU students do not need to send official transcripts for course work completed or in progress at KU, but KU students will need to send official transcripts from any other school(s) attended.

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.

Applications to this program are no longer accepted for the class beginning fall semester this year. The link to apply for the following class will be posted on this page after September 1.

Last modified: Jul 25, 2016

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
Tuition and fees
KU Core Courses PDF document
How to apply

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.