Frequently Asked Questions
Is the program available entirely online?
No. Courses are a combination of on-campus and online instruction.
How long does it take to complete the program? Is there a time limit?
The preclinical residency portion of the program can be completed in two years as a full-time student, while part-time students can complete the required course work in three to five years. The clinical residency component is one year in length and full-time at an affiliated health care institution. Full-time students can complete the degree in three years, while part-time students can complete the degree in four to six years. Students have eight years to complete the degree.
When are the courses offered?
The majority of courses are offered on a two-semester academic schedule in the fall and spring, with limited course offerings in the summer semester. Fall and spring offerings normally last 16 weeks. Summer semester is eight weeks.
Is there a residency requirement for the program?
Yes. There is a one-year, full-time residency requirement during the final year of the program and includes clinical practice and research at an affiliated institution.
Can I take the residency at my place of employment?
Requests for alternate residency sites will be considered on a case-by-case basis. The site must be able to provide the required curriculum activities to allow the resident exposure to all areas of practice and be willing to enter into a formal affiliation agreement with the University of Kansas School of Health Professions.
Will I have to travel to KU Medical Center for classes?
Yes, depending on the format of a particular course attendence on the campus in Kansas City is necessary. The clinical residency will be located at one or more affiliated institutions to which the student must provide his or her own transportation.
What are the tuition and fees for the program?
Please see the costs and financial aid page. The Kansas Board of Regents approves tuition and fees on an annual basis.
Is financial aid available for students in the program?
The best source of information on available financial aid is the Student Financial Aid Office. Students may also be eligible for tuition assistance from an employer or for scholarships through a professional association.
How much will I pay for other program costs?
The cost for books, photocopying, and supplies varies each semester but is approximately $200-$400. Students need reliable access to Internet services including web browsing and email. If computer hardware, software, or other equipment is needed, please contact Information Technology at KU Medical Center for assistance: firstname.lastname@example.org or 913-945-9999.
Are students eligible for scholarships?
Yes, some scholarships are available. See the ASCLS website for scholarship opportunities.
Is an interview required for admission to the program?
Yes, an interview is required for admission. All applicants meeting the admissions criteria will be invited for an on-campus interview. A web-based conference, such as using Skype or Google Hangouts may be considered on a case-by-case basis.
When is the deadline to apply?
Applications are accepted from September 1 through Feburary 1 each year. All required application materials must be received by February 1. Late applications may be accepted if space remains available in the program.
May I submit a hardcopy application?
No, all applications must be submitted electronically through the CollegeNet online application program.
Do I need work experience to apply?
Minimum of two years of full-time clinical laboratory experience is required at the time of admission.
Can I receive transfer credit if I have taken graduate courses at other institutions?
After acceptance into the program, a student may apply for transfer credit review for applicable graduate-level courses taken at a regionally accredited college or university. Up to six (6) credits may be transferred. Only graduate courses with a grade of "B" or higher, and taken no more than five years ago, are considered for transfer, and all prior courses must first meet the standards of currency, rigor, and applicability as evaluated by program faculty, whose decision is final.
Are there standardized test requirements for admission?
Yes. Please review the admission requirements. Because test scores are but one of many factors in the admission decision, there is no minimum score or cut-off for either the GRE or the MCAT.
Are other certifications as a clinical laboratory science professional acceptable for admissions?
No. Applicants must hold certification as a generalist medical laboratory scientist or medical technologist from the American Society for Clinical Pathology Board of Certification, MLS(ASCP)CM, MLS(ASCP)i, or MT(ASCP). Proof of continuing certification maintenance or continuing education equivalent to the requirements of the CMP is required for admission.
Who will advise me during the program?
The program advisor is available to discuss any aspect of the program with potential applicants prior to being offered formal admittance. A major advisor will be selected by the student by the end of the second semester. A five-member faculty committee (who also oversee the capstone project) should be selected by the student by the end of the second-year's fall semester.
Is orientation mandatory?
Yes. A one-day department-level orientation is required prior to the start of the first semester of the program. A KU Medical Center orientation may also be required.
When do I register for courses?
Prior to the beginning of each semester students are notified via email when enrollment is available. In addition, enrollment dates are posted on the KU Academic Calendar.
How do I register for courses?
Students register online each semester using the KU Enroll and Pay online system. The student should consult with his or her faculty adviser prior to enrollment, especially if attending the program part time.