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Eligibility and Requirements

An overview of admission and eligibility requirements for KU's bachelor degree in clinical laboratory science.

To be considered for admission, the following are required.

Completed Prerequisite Courses

Students must have at least two years of undergraduate college coursework including a total of 56 semester credit hours. Prerequisite courses can be completed at KU or other academic institutions. Please see the complete list of prerequisite courses for details.

Science and math prerequisite courses must have been completed no more than the seven years prior to semester of admission.

For an application to be competitive, students should demonstrate the ability to handle full academic course loads (more than 12 credit hours per semester) during their enrollment in prerequisite courses.

At least one laboratory component of required chemistry and biology prerequisite courses must be completed in-person in a physical laboratory setting.

Exemptions to the above eligibility requirements may be considered on a case-by-case basis. Please contact a KU advisor in clinical laboratory science to review prerequisite courses and help build a plan for successful completion of all requirements.

Grade Point Average

An overall grade point average (GPA) of 2.70 on a 4.00 scale is required. The GPA of all science courses taken must also be 2.70 on a 4.00 scale. In addition, all course grades should be no less than "C" on each prerequisite course. Repeated courses may replace prior failing grades if taken at the same or equivalent institution.

Shadowing Experience

Applicants are required to participate in a shadowing activity to ensure they are fully aware of the type of work performed by medical laboratory scientists.

Applicants may fulfill this requirement in one of several ways:

  • Successfully complete courses CLS 210 or BIOL 210 on the University of Kansas Lawrence campus, or
  • Have documented, recent experience working in a clinical laboratory as a laboratory assistant or similar position, or
  • Visit a hospital laboratory and spend time observing specimen processing, workflow, phlebotomy and other laboratory procedures. Two hours minimum is suggested to cover as many aspects of the laboratory as possible. For additional information please contact an advisor in clinical laboratory science.

Essential Health and Physical Requirements

Because CLS graduates are expected to function in a variety of clinical, research and industrial laboratory situations, students must be able to meet the program's technical standards.

Students that require accommodations can be evaluated on a case-by-case basis by the Equal Employment Opportunity Office at KU Medical Center.

All students are required to carry health insurance. KU Medical Center offers a health insurance policy for eligible students. Selected for the Kansas Board of Regents institutions by the State of Kansas, this plan is offered through Student Health Services at KU Medical Center and is underwritten by UnitedHealthcare Student Resources. For additional health enrollment requirements, visit the KU Medical Center Student Health page.

Vaccine and Clinical Site Requirements

Matriculated students will need to provide an immunization profile prior to participating in curricular and/or clinical experiences required by the program. Please read the information found at the bottom of the program's curriculum page and be sure that you understand these requirements.

Background Check

Incoming students must provide KU with a background check report. Once accepted into the program, students should start this process. The one-time fee must be paid directly to the company performing the background investigation.


Students are required to have a computer that meets the minimum software and hardware requirements.

For International Students

An applicant is considered an international student if they require a visa, currently reside in the U.S. with non-immigrant status or currently reside in the U.S. while applying for permanent residency. Please review the information for international applicants before applying.

International applicants must have international transcripts evaluated by a transcript evaluation service that will provide a course-by-course evaluation of their degree including a grade and credit-hour equivalency. This is needed to facilitate the transfer of specific courses into the degree requirements of the clinical laboratory science degree program. KU accepts transcript evaluations evaluated by World Education Services OR Educational Credential Evaluators.

Please note: transcripts and grades earned outside the U.S. must be evaluated, even if classes were taught in English and the transcript is written in English.

English Language Proficiency

English language requirements apply to any student who is not currently enrolled in a U.S. college or university. Earning a degree from an institution outside the U.S. where the language of instruction is English may not exempt students from this requirement, except when a bachelor's degree (or higher) is earned from an institution in one of the following countries: United States, Great Britain, Australia, New Zealand or English-speaking provinces in Canada.

To verify English language requirements, official exam results from either the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) must have been obtained within the two years prior to application:

  • Internet-based TOEFL minimum requirements: At least 23 or higher on the reading and listening sections; a score of 5.0 or 23 or higher on the writing section; a score of 26 or higher on the speaking section.
  • IELTS minimum requirements: Overall band score of 7.5 and no part score lower than 7.0.

Official documentation of test scores must be sent directly from the administering agency to KU Medical Center. ETS school code for KUMC is 6895. Failure to submit official documentation will delay the admission process.

Advising and Questions

photo of Alex LopezWe're here to answer questions and provide assistance as you explore the field of clinical laboratory science! It is very important to contact us for advising as early as possible in your college career.

High school students, counselors and those in their early years of college study may contact Alex Lopez, our school's outreach and recruitment specialist, with questions at or 913-588-1743 (711 TTY).

photo of Leah AdeIf you're interested in pursuing a bachelor's degree in clinical laboratory science at KU, please contact Leah Ade, MPH, MLS(ASCP)cm, a clinical assistant professor in our program, to schedule an advising session.

Students from institutions other than the University of Kansas: please provide your information online to schedule an advising session.

KU School of Health Professions

University of Kansas Medical Center
Clinical Laboratory Science
3901 Rainbow Boulevard
Mailstop 4048
Kansas City, KS 66160
913-588-5220 • 711 TTY