As “illness investigators,” medical laboratory scientists use sophisticated instruments to analyze blood and other body tissue and fluids. They provide the essential information used to make diagnoses and plan treatment.
From anthrax incidents to outbreaks 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.
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.
Students interested in KU's program in clinical laboratory science should contact an advisor as soon as possible in their college career. Planning ahead allows students to obtain the required course work and help prevent unnecessary expense in preparation for CLS.
Yan Zheng, Ph.D., MLS(ASCP)cm Clinical Assistant Professor
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.