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Clinical Laboratory Sciences

DCLS Program Accepting Applications for Fall 2021

  • KU's doctorate in clinical laboratory science (DCLS) degree is for professionals looking to expand their impact beyond the lab environment and become a visible, integral member of the modern health care team.

    • Three-year, full-time clinical doctorate.
    • Core courses online.
    • Clinical placement near you.
    • GRE score waived for fall 2021.

    The interprofessional approach and integrated simulation prepares graduates to improve the utilization of lab tests, elevate patient outcomes, and earn a higher salary. Spots remain available for the class beginning fall 2021.

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KU's clinical laboratory science programs are nationally recognized for excellence as leaders in education and research in this field. The KU Department of Clinical Laboratory Sciences is located on the University of Kansas Medical Center campus in Kansas City, Kansas.

In collaboration with The University of Kansas Health System, and other metro area clinical affiliates, students benefit from the opportunity to interact with a large number of health care professionals and leading researchers in real-world environments.

KU offers the following degree programs in the fields of clinical laboratory science and molecular biotechnology:

Bachelor of Science in Clinical Laboratory Science

This four-year, entry-level degree is for those with an interest in performing diagnostic testing on blood, bodily fluids, and other human specimens. Students completing the program are eligible to sit for the Medical Laboratory Scientist (MLS) Exam and/or the Molecular Biotechnology (MB) exam given by the American Society for Clinical Pathology.

Passing the MLS examination is required for employment in clinical laboratories (hospital, reference, physician office, etc).

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Master of Science in Molecular Biotechnology

A two-year, non-thesis program, this graduate-level degree prepares students for advanced careers in molecular biotechnology-oriented clinical, industrial and research laboratories. Students obtain training in the use and application of cutting edge molecular-based methodologies and instrumentation as well as critical thinking, trouble shooting, and communication skills.

This program does not confer eligibility for the ASCP MB examination.

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Doctor of Clinical Laboratory Science

Building upon the existing strength of KU's nationally-accredited bachelor's degree program, the doctorate allows practicing, certified medical laboratory scientists the opportunity for advanced practice, and training at the highest level. Besides providing career advancement opportunities, the DCLS graduate will be able to institutionalize new models of clinical consultation to clinicians, other health care providers, and patients to guide their decisions about utilization of laboratory tests or services.

Clinical education in the form of a one-year residency provides students the clinical experiences that are essential for skill and knowledge acquisition in clinical laboratory sciences.

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KU is regarded as one of the premier research institutions in the country, and researchers in this department are at the forefront of advancing knowledge in health care. Explore current laboratory group sites directed by faculty in the Department of Clinical Laboratory Sciences:

kidney cells

Maser Laboratory

Research by Maser revolves around the pathogenesis and treatment of polycystic kidney disease. In particular, the lab has focused on the structure-function relationships of polycystin-1 (PC-1), the protein product of the PKD1 gene, and the contribution of reduced antioxidant protection to the pathogenetic mechanism of PKD. Learn more.

cells under the microscope

Zhu Diabetes Research Group Lab

Current projects are studying how Ncb5or, or NADH-cytochrome b5 oxidoreductase, functions in cells, in tissues and in the whole organism. Focusing on fatty acid desaturation, triglyceride synthesis and utilization, glucose metabolism, pancreatic beta-cell function, scientists aim to define the impact of the overall signaling process on energy balance. Learn more.


The mission of the KU Department of Clinical Laboratory Sciences is to provide undergraduate and graduate programs a setting where qualified students can prepare themselves for careers in the clinical laboratory sciences and molecular biotechnology. An integral part of the University of Kansas Medical Center, the department subscribes to and supports the mission of the campus and institution.

The department is to be responsive to current workforce needs in the life science and health care systems, and, when appropriate, provide leadership in developing programs to meet those needs. The department strives to provide the best possible resources for attainment of the stated mission.

Last modified: Jun 22, 2021

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