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Curriculum and Degree Requirements

This program requires 76 course credits at the graduate level to acquire the doctorate in clinical laboratory science.

Full-time students enroll in 9 to 12 credit hours during the fall and spring semesters and 7 credit hours during the summer semester between the second and third years of the program. See: suggested course progression for full-time students. Part-time students enroll in 5-7 credit hours per semester.

After completion of the core course work, a comprehensive qualifying exam takes place prior to entering the clinical residency. A capstone project is completed during the residency year.

  • Students must be in good academic standing with the KU Medical Center Office of Graduate Studies by maintaining a 3.00 GPA while in the program.
  • All courses must be completed with a grade of "C" or higher. No grades of "D" are acceptable.
  • Students need to be continuously enrolled in courses each semester during the full length of this program.

Core Courses

Hrs.

DCLS 800 Advanced Topics

3

DCLS 802 Principles of Healthcare Education

3

DCLS 805 Advanced Molecular Diagnostics

2

DCLS 815 Research Methods in Clinical Laboratory Sciences

2

DCLS 820 Evidence Based Practice

3

DCLS 830 Advanced Clinical Chemistry

3

DCLS 836 Advanced Hematology

3

DCLS 838 Advanced Immunology/Transplant

3

DCLS 842 Advanced Microbiology

3

DCLS 844 Advanced Immunohematology

3

DCLS 851 Clinical Correlations I

3

DCLS 852 Clinical Correlations II

3

DCLS 880 DCLS Interprofessional Practice

2

DCLS 890 Advanced Laboratory Operations

3

BIOS 704 Principles of Statistics in Public Health

3

HP&M 810 Health Care System

3

PHCL 898 Principles of Pharmacology

1

PHSL 843 Physiology of Disease

3

PRVM 800 Principles of Epidemiology

3

PRVM 853 Responsible Conduct of Research

1

 

 

Research Courses

 

DCLS 901 DCLS Research I

2

DCLS 902 DCLS Research II

3

DCLS 903 DCLS Research III

3

DCLS 999 DCLS Capstone

1

 

 

Practicum Courses

 

DCLS 911 DCLS Residency I

5

DCLS 912 DCLS Residency II

5

DCLS 913 DCLS Residency III

5

Note: curriculum is subject to change.

Residency Qualifying Examination

Upon completion of the core curriculum, successful completion of a comprehensive qualifying examination is required. The examination must be completed prior to enrollment of the residency courses.

Students who fail to pass will be allowed to repeat the examination with the recommendation of the student's advisory committee. Failure to successfully pass the qualifying examination will prevent the student from entering the clinical residency and may result in dismissal from the program.

Capstone Project

A prospectively planned and approved translational research project will be developed during the core curriculum. Research will be conducted during the residency year and must be defended in writing and orally to the student's graduate committee prior to graduation.

If the student unsuccessfully defends his/her research, he/she will be allowed to repeat the defense with the recommendation of the student's advisory committee. Failure to successfully defend the research project may result in dismissal from the program.


Clinical Residency

One year of clinical residency is completed at affiliated institutions. The student will create a portfolio during the clinical residency documenting experiences and work products developed during the residency. The portfolio will be assessed by the student's advisory committee according the national competencies and guidelines.

Example of a residency rotation schedule:

  • Hospital laboratory administration: 5 weeks
  • Hospital information system: 4 weeks
  • Subspecialties of clinical practice: 28 weeks
  • Reference laboratory: 6 weeks
  • Community health: 5 weeks

Plan of Study

Recommended plan of study for full-time students in this program.

Year 1Fall – 12 credit hours
DCLS 836 Advanced Hematology (3)
DCLS 830 Advanced Clinical Chemistry (3)
DCLS 815 Research Methods in Clinical Laboratory Sciences (2)
HP&M 810 Health Care System (3)
PRVM 853 Responsible Conduct of Research (1)

Year 1 – Spring – 12 credit hours
DCLS 842 Advanced Clinical Microbiology (3)
DCLS 851 Clinical Correlations I (3)
DCLS 890 Advanced Laboratory Operations (3)
PHSL 843 Physiology of Disease (3) 

Year 2 – Fall – 13 credit hours
DCLS 805 Advanced Molecular Diagnostics (2)
BIOS 704 Principles of Statistics in Public Health (3)
DCLS 838 Advanced Immunology/Transplant (3)
DCLS 802 Principles of Healthcare Education (3)
PHCL 898 Principles of Pharmacology (1)
DCLS 880 DCLS Interprofessional Practice (1)

Year 2 – Spring – 13 credit hours
PRVM 800 Epidemiology (3)
DCLS 844 Advanced Immunohematology (3)
DCLS 852 Clinical Correlations II (3)
DCLS 820 Evidence Based Practice (3)
DCLS 880 DCLS Interprofessional Practice (1)

Year 2 – Summer – 7 credit hours 
DCLS 800 Advanced Topics (1)
DCLS 901 DCLS Research I (2)
DCLS 911 DCLS Residency I (4)

 

Year 3 – Fall – 9 credit hours 
DCLS 800 Advanced Topics (1)
DCLS 902 DCLS Research II (3
DCLS 912 DCLS Residency II (5)

Year 3 – Spring – 10 credit hours 
DCLS 800 Advanced Topics (1)
DCLS 903 DCLS Research III (3)
DCLS 913 DCLS Residency III (5)
DCLS 999 DCLS capstone (1)

Last modified: Sep 07, 2018
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