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Curriculum and Degree Options

A bachelor's degree in clinical laboratory science from KU provides a wealth of opportunities and unique flexibility in your career decisions.

Curriculum and Degree Optionsmale laboratory scientist working with equipment in the lab (photo)

The degree in clinical laboratory science at the University of Kansas is a "2+2 program" which means students take two years of specified preparatory courses (biological science, chemistry, math and general education) followed by entry into the professional component of the program at the KU Medical Center in Kansas City, Kansas.

The degree includes of two concentration options. Until the second semester of the senior year, students in either concentration take the same course work. Also during the senior year, students will rotate through 14-22 weeks of practicum experience at several of the school’s many collaborating affiliates.

Students are required to complete a minimum of 57 prerequisite credit hours. The clinical concentration and molecular biotechnology concentration study plans detail the requirements during the freshman and sophomore years and may be helpful in planning course work. Courses with similar content may be acceptable alternatives.

Successful completion of the clinical concentration, and the awarding of the baccalaureate degree, allows the student to sit for the national certification examination (American Society for Clinical Pathology) and upon passing the exam, be credentialed as an MLS(ASCP)cm. Successful completion of the molecular biotechnology concentration, and the awarding of the baccalaureate degree, allows the student to sit for the national certification examination (American Society for Clinical Pathology) and upon passing the exam be credentialed as an MB(ASCP)cm.

Categorical Concentration in Hematology, Chemistry, or Microbiology

A new course of study, categorical concentration, has been developed for science majors who already hold a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution and are currently working in a clinical laboratory in hematology, chemistry, or microbiology.

The categorical concentration course of study allows qualified individuals to complete the educational requirements for one specific area of clinical laboratory science. A second baccalaureate degree is NOT awarded to the student, but the courses taken do appear on his or her official KU transcript.

Successful completion of one of the categorical concentrations allows the student to sit for the categorical certification examination in microbiology, hematology, or chemistry offered by the ASCP Board of Certification, and upon passing, be designated as either an H(ASCP)cm, M(ASCP)cm, C(ASCP)cm, depending on which exam is taken.

Online Courses

With the program's online courses, students can work independently while on clinical rotations – eliminating the need to travel to the KU Medical Center campus each day – during their last semester of study.

The following courses in the professional program are currently offered online during the last semester of the professional year and run concurrently with corresponding practicums. These classes are only available to students enrolled in the clinical laboratory science program at KU (course credit hours in parentheses):

CLS 640 Clinical Chemistry III (2)
CLS 642 Clinical Microbiology II (2)
CLS 644 Immunohematology II (2)
CLS 646 Hematology III (2)
CLS 648 Clinical Immunology (1) 

Students take online courses using the Blackboard learning management system.

Janet Hudzicki, PhD, MLS(ASCP)cm, SM, is chair of the admissions committee for the department. She may be contacted at with questions about the curriculum, admission requirements, etc.

Last modified: Aug 03, 2020

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.