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Program Overview

As “illness investigators,” medical laboratory scientists use sophisticated instruments to analyze blood and other body tissue and fluids. They provide the essential information used to make diagnoses and plan treatment. From anthrax incidents to outbreaks of SARS and avian flu, these professionals are involved in investigating events that make headlines all over the world.

The extensive scientific knowledge and skill developed through the program also provides the student with a distinct advantage should they decide to pursue further academic or professional studies.

Learn about this exciting field in this video!

In KU’s one-of-a-kind accredited clinical laboratory science program, students learn in a innovative dual-track program featuring molecular biotechnology and the traditional clinical concentrations. Because of the continued growth of the profession, students of KU's program have a nearly 100-percent placement rate following graduation.

image of cells under microscope (photo)Students enter the program after two years of prerequisite course work. They then complete two years of clinical laboratory science courses at KU Medical Center in Kansas City, Kansas to earn a bachelor's degree and sit for the registry exam.

yellow triangle with exclamation pointStudents interested in KU's program in clinical laboratory science should contact an advisor as soon as possible in their college career. Planning ahead allows students to obtain the required course work and help prevent unnecessary expense.

For additional details about the program, including policies and procedures, please review the program and school student handbooks.

Program Faculty

photo of Eric Elsinghorst Eric Elsinghorst, Ph.D., MPH, MLS(ASCP)MBcm
Department Chair
Program Director and Graduate Director
Research Associate Professor
photo of Dana Bostic Dana Bostic, MBA, MLS(ASCP)cm
Clinical Assistant Professor
photo of Kasey Edwardson Kasey Edwardson, MPH, MLS(ASCP) CM,SCCM
Clinical Assistant Professor
photo of Susan Renee Hodgkins Susan Renee Hodgkins, Ph.D., MT(ASCP)
Clinical Assistant Professor
photo of Drew Jones Andrew Jones, MBA, MLS(ASCP)cm
Clinical Assistant Professor
photo of Jennifer Jones Jennifer Jones, MLS(ASCP)cm
Clinical Instructor
photo of Letycia Nunez-Argote Letycia Nunez-Argote, MPH, CPH, MLS(ASCP)cm
Clinical Assistant Professor
photo of Brad Pfaltzgraff Brad Pfaltzgraff, MLS(ASCP)MBcm
Clinical Instructor
WenFang Wang WenFang Wang, Ph.D., C(ASCP)cm
Clinical Assistant Professor
photo of Yan Zheng Yan Zheng, Ph.D., MLS(ASCP)cm
Clinical Assistant Professor

The KU Clinical Laboratory Science degree programs are accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences, 5600 N. River Road, Suite 720, Rosemont, IL 60018; 773-714-8880. The clinical concentration is an NAACLS-accredited medical laboratory science program. The molecular biotechnology concentration is an NAACLS-accredited diagnostic molecular science program. Documents relating to accreditation status are available at the department office by request. Information for students.

Board of Certification pass rates and job-placement information: see CLS program outcomes PDF document icon.

Graduates of KU's bachelor's degree program in clinical laboratory science are eligible for the certification examination offered by the American Society for Clinical Pathology. The program meets the education requirements for licensure in all U.S. states requiring licensure except California and New York. The American Society for Clinical Pathology Board of Certification provides information on specific state licensure requirements.

Last modified: Jul 06, 2021

Prospective Students
The priority deadline to apply to this program is December 15. Applications may be accepted after the deadline based on space available in the next class.

Learn about this program:
Program overview
Eligibility and requirements
Tuition and fees
KU Core courses PDF document
How to apply
Clinical affiliate sites

For advising on the KU Lawrence campus, please contact Robin Merritt at the KU Undergraduate Advising Center or visit third floor Summerfield Hall.

Students from other institutions: please provide your information online to schedule an advising session.