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Technical Standards

Students in the Molecular Biotechnology master's degree program must meet these abilities and expectations

As a graduate of the Master of Science in Molecular Biotechnology program, you must have the knowledge and skills to function in a broad variety of research environments, including academic, industrial and clinical settings. The following abilities and expectations must be met by all students in the program.

Essential Observational Requirements

  1. Observe and perform laboratory procedures in which biological materials (e.g., proteins, nucleic acids, body fluids, cultured cells and cellular samples) are analyzed with molecular biological methods.
  2. Read and comprehend text, numbers and graphs displayed in print and other visual displays.
  3. Perform comparative observations of text, movement, shapes, graphs, colors, etc.

Essential Movement Requirements

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

Essential Communication Requirements

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

Essential Intellectual Requirements

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

Essential Behavioral Requirements

  1. Manage the use of time and be able to systematize actions in order to complete professional and technical tasks within realistic constraints.
  2. Possess the emotional health necessary to effectively employ intellect and exercise appropriate judgment.
  3. 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.
  4. 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 and screening.
  5. 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 (e.g., high noise levels, crowding, complex visual stimuli).
  6. Adapt to professional and technical change and be flexible and creative.
  7. Recognize potentially hazardous materials, equipment and situations and proceed safely in order to minimize risk of injury to self and nearby individuals.
  8. 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.


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