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Program Details

Learn more about the program details for KU's one-of-a-kind, dual-track Clinical Laboratory Science bachelor's degree.

Medical laboratory scientists are the specialized health care professionals that test patient specimens to help detect, diagnose and treat illness and monitor health. From wellness checks to the COVID-19 pandemic, medical laboratory scientists use sophisticated instruments to analyze blood and other body tissue and fluids to investigate events that make headlines all over the world.

As a student of KU's Clinical Laboratory Sciences (CLS), you'll prepare for hands-on work in clinical laboratories and will have opportunities for interprofessional collaboration working with doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals.

Working closely alongside our talented faculty, you'll build essential communication skills to explain complex information to your peers and the health care team. Our program's graduates are more confident in their first professional job because of the varied and broad experiences they've had within the KU CLS program.

Learn about this exciting field!

Within KU’s one-of-a-kind accredited clinical laboratory science program, you'll learn in an innovative dual-track option featuring molecular biotechnology and the traditional clinical concentrations.

You can enter the program after two years of prerequisite course work, followed by two years of clinical laboratory science courses at KU Medical Center in Kansas City, Kansas, before sitting for the Board of Certification exam. Our students have a 100% placement rate following graduation and are recruited while still in the program.

The extensive scientific knowledge and skills you'll learn in the program will also be advantageous if you decide to pursue further academic or professional studies.

Get Started

Students interested in KU's bachelor's program in clinical laboratory science should contact an advisor as soon as possible in their college career. Planning ahead allows you to obtain the required coursework to prepare you for success.

Program Start Date

The CLS program has one intake of students in the fall semester (August) of each academic year. Priority deadline for applications is December 15 of the preceding year.

Learn how to apply

Advising and Questions

Janet Hudzicki, Ph.D., MLS(ASCP)CM, SM(ASCP)CM 
Chair of the undergraduate admissions

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