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Technical Standards

The following abilities and expectations must be met by all students in our DCLS program at the University of Kansas.

Graduates of the clinical laboratory science doctoral program must have the knowledge and skills to function in a broad variety of clinical laboratory and patient care environments, including hospital, reference lab, public health and physician office settings. Therefore the following abilities and expectations must be met by all students in the program.

Essential Observational Requirements

  1. Read and comprehend text, numbers and graphs displayed in print and other visual displays.
  2. Perform comparative observations of text, movement, shapes, graphs, colors, etc.
  3. Observe and respond to subtle cues of individual’s moods, temperament and social behavior.
  4. Observe, learn from and analyze medical record content, including discernment and use of clinical and administrative data displayed within the medical record.
  5. Observe, learn from and analyze statistical, financial and reimbursement data, including utilizing spreadsheets, software and databases and performing mathematical calculations.
  6. Observe, learn from and analyze class demonstrations and experiences in disciplines relevant to clinical laboratory sciences that include but are not limited to information management, biochemistry, physiology, statistics, clinical correlations and research methodology.

Essential Movement Requirements

  1. Perform actions requiring coordination of both gross and fine muscular movement, equilibrium and use of senses.
  2. Move freely and safely about health care settings (hospitals, patient rooms, clinics, laboratories, etc.).
  3. Travel to sites both on and off-campus involved in coursework and residency.
  4. Perform moderately taxing continuous physical work over several hours.
  5. Use an electronic keyboard to generate, calculate, record, evaluate and transmit information.
  6. Prepare assignments, both written and online.
  7. Deliver public presentations to large and small audiences.

Essential Communication Requirements

  1. Read, interpret and comprehend technical and professional materials (e.g., textbooks, journal articles, handbooks, instruction manuals and patient health care records).
  2. Be able to share and elicit information from patients, health care providers, peers and research collaborators verbally and in a recorded format.
  3. Assimilate information to prepare papers, produce reports and complete documentation for patient care and research purposes.
  4. Effectively, confidently, sensitively and confidentially communicate with patients, laboratory staff and health care providers regarding laboratory test selection, interpretation and follow-up.
  5. Communicate effectively (speaking, writing, typing, graphics or telecommunication) with faculty, students, laboratory staff, patients and other health care professionals.
  6. Take paper and computer examinations.

Essential Intellectual Requirements

  1. Understand and perform measurements, calculations, synthesis, analysis, reasoning and problem-solving.
  2. Participate in research activities involving the laboratory or patient-oriented research activities.
  3. Possess sufficient judgment to recognize and correct performance deviations.

Essential Behavioral and Social Requirements

  1. Manage the use of time and be able to systematize actions in order to complete academic, professional and technical tasks within realistic constraints.
  2. Possess the emotional health necessary to effectively employ intellect, act ethically and exercise appropriate judgment.
  3. Demonstrate appropriate affective behaviors and mental attitudes as to not jeopardize the emotional, physical, mental and behavioral safety of other individuals with whom there is interaction in academic clinical and residency settings.
  4. Possess the mental and emotional rigor to maintain relationships and demonstrate respect to all people, including students, faculty, patients and other health care professionals at residency 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 and screening.
  5. Adapt to professional and technical change, being flexible and creative.
  6. Use appropriate language.
  7. Demonstrate empathy when appropriate.
  8. Work effectively in interprofessional teams.
  9. Demonstrate an understanding of the rationale and justification for one’s performance.
  10. Demonstrate attention to detail and flexibility to function in a clinical and/or research setting.
  11. Recognize potentially hazardous materials, equipment and situations and proceed safely in order to minimize risk of injury to self and nearby individuals.
  12. Practice honesty, compassion and responsibility.
  13. Be forthright about errors or uncertainty.
  14. Critically evaluate one’s own performance, accept constructive criticism and look for ways to improve.
  15. Critically evaluate the performance of students, patients and health care providers, tactfully offering constructive comments.
  16. Provide professional and technical services while experiencing the stresses of heavy workloads (e.g., large number of tasks to complete in a limited amount of time), task-related uncertainty (e.g., ambiguous test-ordering, ambivalent test interpretation), emergent demands (e.g., "stat" test orders, interaction with other members of the health care team) and a distracting environment (e.g., high noise levels, crowding, complex visual stimuli).


KU Medical Center is committed to equal opportunity for students with disabilities. All students admitted to the KU Medical Center Master of Science in Molecular Biotechnology program must be able to meet the technical standards requirements and expectations with or without accommodation(s).

Reasonable accommodations will be considered and may be made to qualified students who disclose a disability, so long as such accommodation does not significantly alter the essential requirements of the curriculum and the training program or significantly affect the safety of patient care.

Students who disclose a disability are considered for the program if they are otherwise qualified. Qualified students with a disability who wish to request accommodations should provide appropriate documentation of disability and submit a request for accommodation to the following office:

Cyn Ukoko, Academic Accommodations Office
913-945-7035 (711 TTY)

1006 Dykes Library

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