Technical Standards

Graduates of this program must have the knowledge and skills to function in a broad variety of research environments, including academic, industrial, and clinical settings. Therefore, the following abilities and expectations must be met by all students in the program.

1. Essential Observational Requirements
A Master of Science in Molecular Biotechnology student must be able to perform the following duties:

  • Observe and perform laboratory procedures in which biological materials (e.g., proteins, nucleic acids, body fluids, cultured cells, and cellular samples) are analyzed by molecular biological methods.
  • Characterize the color, odor, clarity, and viscosity of biological materials, reagents, or chemical reaction products.
  • Read and comprehend text, numbers, and graphs displayed in print and other visual displays.
  • Perform comparative observations of text, movement, shapes, graphs, colors, etc.

2. Essential Movement Requirements
A Master of Science in Molecular Biotechnology student must possess the ability to do the following:

  • Move freely and safely about a laboratory.
  • Reach laboratory benchtops and shelves, and lift a minimum of 25 pounds.
  • Travel to laboratory sites for practical experience – sites may be located anywhere within the Kansas City metropolitan area.
  • Perform moderately taxing continuous physical work over several hours.
  • Control laboratory equipment and adjust instruments to perform laboratory procedures.
  • Use an electronic keyboard generate, calculate, record, evaluate, and transmit information, and to operate laboratory instruments.

3. Essential Communication Requirements
A Master of Science in Molecular Biotechnology student must have the ability to complete the following responsibilities:

  • Read and comprehend technical and professional materials (e.g., textbooks, journal articles, handbooks, and instruction manuals).
  • Follow verbal or written instructions in order to correctly and independently perform laboratory procedures.
  • Effectively, confidently, and sensitively converse with scientific staff at practicum sites regarding laboratory tests.
  • Communicate verbally and in a recorded format (writing, typing, graphics, or telecommunication) with faculty members, fellow students, staff, and scientific staff.
  • Independently prepare papers, prepare laboratory reports, and take paper, computer, and laboratory practical examinations.

4. Essential Intellectual Requirements
A Master of Science in Molecular Biotechnology student must exercise the following capabilities:

  • Intellectual skills, including comprehension, measurement, mathematical calculation, problem solving, reasoning, integration, analysis, comparison, self- expression, and criticism.
  • Sufficient judgment to recognize and correct performance deviations.

5. Essential Behavioral Requirements
A Master of Science in Molecular Biotechnology student must be capable of the following skills and abilities:

  • Manage the use of time and be able to systematize actions in order to complete professional and technical tasks within realistic constraints.
  • Possess the emotional health necessary to effectively employ intellect and exercise appropriate judgment.
  • Demonstrate appropriate affective behaviors and mental attitudes to not jeopardize the emotional, physical, mental and behavioral safety of other individuals with whom there is interaction in academic and practicum settings.
  • Possess the mental and emotional rigor to demonstrate respect to all people, including fellow students, faculty, and other individuals at practicum settings, without showing bias or preference on the basis of race, color, age, sex, religion or creed, national origin or ancestry, gender expression, gender identity, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation or genetic testing & screening.
  • Perform technical procedures while experiencing the stresses of research environments (e.g., large number of tasks to complete in a limited amount of time), emergent demands (e.g., changes in procedures), and potentially distracting environments (i.e., high noise levels, crowding, complex visual stimuli).
  • Adapt to professional and technical change and be flexible and creative.
  • Recognize potentially hazardous materials, equipment, and situations and proceed safely in order to minimize risk of injury to self and nearby individuals.
  • Honesty, compassion, a respect for ethics and responsibility. The student must be forthright about errors or uncertainty. The student must be able to critically evaluate her or his own performance, accept constructive criticism, and look for ways to improve. The student must be able to evaluate the performance of fellow students and tactfully offer constructive comments.

It is the student's responsibility to notify the Department of Clinical Laboratory Sciences if there is any reason they cannot meet the expectations of students in the program with or without reasonable accommodation.

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply to the program.  Candidates who indicate that they cannot meet one or more of the expectations will be reviewed further by the admissions committee, with applicant and faculty input, to determine what reasonable accommodations might be possible to facilitate successful completion of the curriculum and preparation for the certification examinations.

The expectations for MS in Molecular Biotechnology students are described above. If you have any questions about program accommodations or university services, please contact the Director of the Office of Institutional Opportunity and AccessIOA@ku.edu, 1246 W. Campus Road, Room 153A, Lawrence, KS, 66045, (785) 864-6414, 711 TTY.


The University of Kansas prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion, sex, national origin, age, ancestry, disability, status as a veteran, sexual orientation, marital status, parental status, gender identity, gender expression and genetic information in the University's programs and activities. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies: Director of the Office of Institutional Opportunity and Access, IOA@ku.edu, 1246 W. Campus Road, Room 153A, Lawrence, KS, 66045, (785) 864-6414, 711 TTY.

Last modified: Mar 13, 2013
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