The University of Kansas' one-of-a-kind program offers cutting-edge training and technology combined with real-world experience for students interested in clinical laboratory science. Students learn in a innovative dual-track program featuring molecular biotechnology and the traditional clinical concentrations. Because of the continued growth of the profession, graduates have a nearly 100 percent placement rate following graduation.

Students interested in clinical laboratory science should contact an advisor early in their college work. This program requires two years of preparatory college course work and two years of professional course work in the CLS program at KU Medical Center in Kansas City, Kan. The program also is open to students with a bachelor's degree and having completed the prerequisites.

This program requires two years of preparatory college study (57 hours minimum) and two years of professional course work in clinical laboratory science. Interested students should contact the department at KU Medical Center for advising as early as possible in their college careers (advising is also available in the Undergraduate Advising Center in Strong Hall on the Lawrence campus).

Applications are available online. The program begins each fall semester. Applications should be submitted by December 15 of the year before the anticipated start date. Also required: complete college transcript(s) and three letters of recommendation, two of which should be from college basic science instructors.

Admission Requirements

An applicant to the program must have completed the required college preparatory course work, with a minimum grade of C in each prerequisite course, before entering the program in the fall. The student must have earned a 2.70 GPA overall and in the following courses: chemistry, biology, and math.

International students, or those for whom English is a second language, may have additional requirements relative to language proficiency, residency, and citizenship status. See: information for international students

Good physical and mental health is essential. Minor physical handicaps are not considered deterrents to admission. Physical examinations are required before registration in CLS course work. The admissions committee requires a personal interview with the applicant.

A background check and documentation of shadow experience is also required. Prospective students should review the program requirements, including prerequisite course work, and complete list of eligibility requirements.

Prerequisites

English (6)
ENGL 101Composition3
ENGL 102Critical Reading and Writing3
Mathematics (6-8)
Select one of the following:3-5
College Algebra
Precalculus Mathematics
Calculus I
Select one of the following:3
Elementary Statistics
Introduction to Biostatistics
Introduction to Social Research
Statistics in Psychological Research
Biology (11-12)
BIOL 150Principles of Molecular and Cellular Biology4
Select one of the following:3-4
Principles of Human Physiology
Physiology of Organisms
Mammalian Physiology
BIOL 350Principles of Genetics4
Microbiology (5)
BIOL 400Fundamentals of Microbiology3
BIOL 402Fundamentals of Microbiology Laboratory2
Chemistry (15)
CHEM 130General Chemistry I5
CHEM 135General Chemistry II5
CHEM 310Fundamentals of Organic Chemistry3
or CHEM 330 Organic Chemistry I
CHEM 331Organic Chemistry I Laboratory2
Communication Studies (3)
COMS 130Speaker-Audience Communication3
or COMS 131 Speaker-Audience Communication, Honors
Liberal Arts and Sciences Courses (12)
Humanities elective (1 course that meets KU Core Goal 3H)3
Social sciences elective (1 course that meets KU Core Goal 3S)3
Elective that meets KU Core Goal 4.13
Elective that meets KU Core Goal 4.23
Clinical Laboratory Science (1)
1 hour recommended
CLS 210Introduction to Clinical Laboratory Sciences (recommended)1

The following courses are included during the first year (junior year) of the professional program. Students with previous credit for these courses or equivalents do not need to enroll in them if they earned a C or better in the course:

BIOL 503Immunology3
or CLS 538 Immunology
BIOL 600Introductory Biochemistry, Lectures (or equivalent)3
or CLS 600 Introductory Biochemistry

Following 2 years of preparatory undergraduate study, students enter the program as juniors. A clinical concentration and molecular biotechnology concentration are available. Until the second semester of the senior year, students in both concentrations take the same course work. Also during the senior year, students rotate through 14 to 16 weeks of practicum experience at several of the school’s many collaborating affiliates.

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.

Clinical Concentration Curriculum

CLS 520Phlebotomy1
CLS 523Fundamentals of Analytical Techniques Laboratory3
CLS 530Clinical Chemistry I3
CLS 532Clinical Microbiology I3
CLS 533Clinical Microbiology I Laboratory3
CLS 536Hematology I3
CLS 537Hematology I Laboratory2
CLS 538Immunology3
or BIOL 503 Immunology
CLS 540Clinical Chemistry II2
CLS 541Professional Development2
CLS 542Clinical Microbiology II2
CLS 543Clinical Microbiology II Laboratory2
CLS 544Immunohematology I3
CLS 545Immunohematology I Laboratory2
CLS 546Hematology II3
CLS 547Hematology II Laboratory2
CLS 549Clinical Immunology I Laboratory2
CLS 600Introductory Biochemistry4
or BIOL 600 Introductory Biochemistry, Lectures
CLS 605Introduction to Molecular Diagnostics I1
CLS 607Introduction to Molecular Diagnostics I Laboratory1
CLS 639Urinalysis1
CLS 640Clinical Chemistry III2
CLS 641Clinical Chemistry and Immunology Practicum3
CLS 642Clinical Microbiology III2
CLS 643Clinical Microbiology Practicum3
CLS 646Hematology III2
CLS 644Immunohematology II2
CLS 645Immunohematology Practicum2
CLS 647Hematology Practicum3
CLS 648Clinical Immunology II1
CLS 650Clinical Laboratory Science Review1
CLS 661Management Principles in Health Care3
CLS 690Special Topics (elective)1

Molecular Biotechnology Concentration Curriculum

CLS 520Phlebotomy1
CLS 523Fundamentals of Analytical Techniques Laboratory3
CLS 530Clinical Chemistry I3
CLS 532Clinical Microbiology I3
CLS 533Clinical Microbiology I Laboratory3
CLS 536Hematology I3
CLS 537Hematology I Laboratory2
CLS 538Immunology3
or BIOL 503 Immunology
CLS 540Clinical Chemistry II2
CLS 541Professional Development2
CLS 542Clinical Microbiology II2
CLS 543Clinical Microbiology II Laboratory2
CLS 544Immunohematology I3
CLS 545Immunohematology I Laboratory2
CLS 546Hematology II3
CLS 547Hematology II Laboratory2
CLS 549Clinical Immunology I Laboratory2
CLS 600Introductory Biochemistry4
or BIOL 600 Introductory Biochemistry, Lectures
CLS 605Introduction to Molecular Diagnostics I1
CLS 607Introduction to Molecular Diagnostics I Laboratory1
CLS 610Advanced Biotechniques Lecture3
CLS 611Advanced Biotechniques Laboratory2
CLS 615Journal Club1
CLS 620Radiation Safety1
CLS 621Biotechnology Methodologies Practicum4
CLS 622Problems in Molecular Diagnostics2
CLS 623Molecular Genetics Practicum4
CLS 639Urinalysis1
CLS 655Molecular Biotechnology Review Course1
CLS 661Management Principles in Health Care3
CLS 633Special Topics Practicum4