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The University of Kansas will start a doctoral program in clinical laboratory science in fall 2019. Designed to prepare graduates for advanced practice as members of interprofessional health care teams, the program will also provide research opportunities for faculty.

KU's programs are nationally recognized for excellence as a leader in education and research in the field. The KU Department of Clinical Laboratory Sciences is located on the University of Kansas Medical Center campus in Kansas City, Kansas.

In collaboration with The University of Kansas Health System, and other metro area clinical affiliates, students benefit from the opportunity to interact with a large number of health care professionals and leading researchers in real-world environments.

KU offers the following degree programs in the fields of clinical laboratory science and molecular biotechnology:

Bachelor of Science in Clinical Laboratory Science
This four-year, entry-level degree is for those with an interest in performing diagnostic testing on blood, bodily fluids, and other human specimens. Students completing the program are eligible to sit for the Medical Laboratory Scientist (MLS) Exam and/or the Molecular Biotechnology (MB) exam given by the American Society for Clinical Pathology.

Passing the MLS examination is required for employment in clinical laboratories (hospital, reference, physician office, etc).

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Master of Science in Molecular Biotechnology
A two-year, non-thesis program, this graduate-level degree prepares students for advanced careers in molecular biotechnology-oriented clinical, industrial and research laboratories. Students obtain training in the use and application of cutting edge molecular-based methodologies and instrumentation as well as critical thinking, trouble shooting, and communication skills.

This program does not confer eligibility for the ASCP MB examination.

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Doctor of Clinical Laboratory Science
Building upon the existing strength of KU's nationally-accredited bachelor's degree program, the doctorate allows practicing, certified medical laboratory scientists the opportunity for advanced practice, and training at the highest level. Besides providing career advancement opportunities, the DCLS graduate will be able to institutionalize new models of clinical consultation to clinicians, other health care providers, and patients to guide their decisions about utilization of laboratory tests or services. 

Clinical education in the form of a one-year residency provides students the clinical experiences that are essential for skill and knowledge acquisition in clinical laboratory sciences.

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Research

KU is regarded as one of the premier research institutions in the country, and researchers in this department are at the forefront of advancing knowledge in health care. Explore current laboratory group sites directed by faculty in the Department of Clinical Laboratory Sciences:

kidney cells

Maser Laboratory 
Research by Maser revolves around the pathogenesis and treatment of polycystic kidney disease. In particular, the lab has focused on the structure-function relationships of polycystin-1 (PC-1), the protein product of the PKD1 gene, and the contribution of reduced antioxidant protection to the pathogenetic mechanism of PKD.

cells under the microscope

Zhu Diabetes Research Group Lab
Current projects are studying how Ncb5or, or NADH-cytochrome b5 oxidoreductase, functions in cells, in tissues and in the whole organism. Focusing on fatty acid desaturation, triglyceride synthesis and utilization, glucose metabolism, pancreatic beta-cell function, scientists aim to define the impact of the overall signaling process on energy balance.


Mission

The mission of the Department of Clinical Laboratory Sciences is to provide undergraduate and graduate programs in a setting where qualified students can prepare themselves for careers in the clinical laboratory sciences and molecular biotechnology. An integral part of the University of Kansas Medical Center, the department subscribes to and supports the mission of the campus and institution.

The department is to be responsive to current workforce needs in the life science and health care systems, and, when appropriate, provide leadership in developing programs to meet those needs. The department strives to provide the best possible resources for attainment of the stated mission.

Last modified: Oct 16, 2018

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