Curriculum and Degree Options
Learn about the curriculum and degree requirements of the KU Clinical Laboratory Science bachelor's degree.
A bachelor's degree in Clinical Laboratory Science from KU can offer a wealth of opportunities and unique flexibility in your future career decisions.
2+2 Bachelor's Program
In our 2+2 program, you'll take at least two years (a minimum of 56 credit hours) of specified preparatory courses (biological science, chemistry, math and general education) followed by entry into the professional component of the program at the KU Medical Center in Kansas City, Kansas.
The clinical concentration and molecular biotechnology concentration study plans detail the preparatory course requirements and may be helpful in planning course work. Classes with similar content from an accredited institution may be acceptable alternatives.
During their time in the CLS program, students are expected to enroll full-time with course loads of 13-15 credit hours in science classes during fall and spring semesters. Enrollment during the summer between the first and second years in the program is also required. Students take the same course work until they reach their final semester in the program.
During the final year, students have 14-16 weeks of practicum experience at one or several of the school’s many collaborating affiliates.
The CLS degree includes two concentration options.
- This is our NAACLS accredited Medical Laboratory Scientist program.
- Successful completion and the awarding of the baccalaureate degree allows you to sit for the national certification examination (American Society for Clinical Pathology) and upon passing the exam, be credentialed as an MLS(ASCP).
Molecular Biotechnology Concentration
- This is our NAACLS accredited Diagnostic Molecular Scientist program.
- Successful completion and the awarding of the baccalaureate degree, allows you to sit for the national certification examination (American Society for Clinical Pathology) and upon passing the exam be credentialed as an MB(ASCP).
Categorical Concentration in Hematology, Chemistry or Microbiology
The categorical concentration serves science majors who already hold a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution and are currently working in a clinical laboratory in hematology, chemistry or microbiology in a position comparable to a Medical Laboratory Scientist.
The categorical concentration course of study allows qualified individuals to complete the educational requirements for one specific area of clinical laboratory science. A second baccalaureate degree is NOT awarded to the student, but coursework will appear on the official KU transcript.
Successful completion of one of the categorical concentrations allows the student to sit for the categorical certification examination in microbiology, hematology or chemistry offered by the ASCP Board of Certification, and upon passing, be designated as either an H(ASCP), M(ASCP), C(ASCP), depending on which exam is taken.
Students interested in completing the categorical concentration should have completed the science prerequisite courses listed below. Courses must be current within the past 7 years with grade of C or better.
- BIOL 150 Molecular & Cellular Biology (3)
- BIOL 246/546 Human or Mammalian Physiology (3)
- BIOL 350 Principles of Genetics (4)
- BIOL 400 Microbiology and BIOL 402 lab (5)
- CHEM 130 General Chemistry I with Lab (5)
- CHEM 135 General Chemistry with Lab II (5)
- CHEM 330 Organic Chemistry I & CHEM 331 lab (5)
Equivalent courses are considered on a case-by-case basis.
The suggested categorical study plan is tailored to each individual at the time of acceptance.
Year 1 Fall (between 3-14 credit hours)
- BIOL 503 or CLS 538 Immunology (3)**
- BIOL 600 or CLS 600 Biochemistry (3)**
- CLS 523 Fundamentals of Analytical Techniques (3)
- For Hematology categorical: CLS536 & 537 (5)
**BIOL 503 & BIOL 600 allowed as prerequisites if current within the past 7 years with grade of C or better.
Year 1 Spring (between 5-7 credit hours)
- CLS 549 Clinical Immunology Laboratory (2)
- For Chemistry categorical: CLS 530 (3)
- For Hematology categorical: CLS 546 & 547 (5)
- For Microbiology categorical: CLS 532 & 533 (5)
Year 1 Summer (4 credit hours)
- CLS 605 Intro to Molecular Diagnostics (1)
- CLS 607 Intro to Molecular Diagnostics Lab (1)
- CLS 661 Management Principles in Health Care (2)
Year 2 Fall (between 4-7 credit hours)
- CLS 541 Professional development (2)
- For Chemistry categorical: CLS 540 (2)
- For Hematology categorical: CLS 646 & 647 (5)
- For Microbiology categorical: CLS 542 & 543 (5)
Hematology categorical eligible for BOC at this time.
Year 2 Spring (5-6 credit hours)
- For Chemistry categorical: CLS 639, 640 & 641 (6)
- For Microbiology categorical: CLS 642 & 643 (5)
Microbiology and Chemistry categorical eligible for BOC at this time.