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PreClinical Lab Science at KU

Thinking About Clinical Lab Sciences?

Clinical Laboratory Sciences is for those with an interest in performing diagnostic testing on blood, bodily fluids, and other human specimens. 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.

Definition from the KUMC Clinical Lab Science homepage

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Clinical Laboratory Sciences at a Glance

Track or Major? 

Clinical Lab Science CCLS is a major that you complete by taking 2 years of pre-admission classes required for application to the CLS program, and then once admitted you complete the final 2+ years of your degree at the KU Medical Center campus.

  • hours to complete:  57 pre-clinical lab science hours
  • time to complete: 4 years

Level of degree - Bachelor of Science
***2 concentrations available: Traditional Clinical or Molecular Biotechnology concentration. Students can do both.​

Does KU have a program? 

Yes. Students spend their first 2 years on the Lawrence campus completing their pre-admission courses. Once admitted, the remaining 2 years are spent on the University of Kansas Medical Center campus in Kansas City, KS.

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Curriculum

View KU's prerequisit list for PreClinical Laboratory Sciences students.

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Quick Tip: If you have specific questions related to courses, contact your academic advisor.

View the overview of KU's Bachelor of Science in Clinical Laboratory Sciences.

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Program Admission

KU's Program

How to Apply

GPA applicatoin requirement: 2.7 overall and science/math only

Competitive GPA accepted: 3.0

Special KU application information

  • Strong application characteristics - shadowing experience, specifically lab experience
  • The GPA you apply with is often your transfer credit plus your first year of KU courses. Keep this in mind.
  • Interviews are part of the application process. Math and scientific articles are included in the interview.
  • Two references must be from science instructors; lab GTAs are acceptable.  The third reference may be from an employer or an instructor in an area other than science.
  • Students are required to shadow a CLS for at least two hours before applying to the CLS program.
    • Students may fulfill this requirement in one of three ways:
      • Shadowing a CLS
      • Enrolling in BIOL 210: Intro to CLS
      • Direct laboratory work experience - this is accepted on a case-by-case basis, so students should contact the CLS department to ensure their experience meets the requirement.
  • Good physical and mental health are essential.
    • Physical or other disabilities are evaluated on a case by case basis by the program and by the Equal Employment Opportunity Office at KUMC.
    • Please review the program's technical standards for details.
    • Physical examinations are required prior to the time of registration for classes at KUMC.
Information for International Students

An applicant is considered an international student if they require a visa, or currently resides in the U.S. with non-immigrant status, or currently resides in the U.S. while applying for permanent residency. Additional requirements and documentation, such as proof of English language proficiency, are required for international students to become eligible for KU programs. Please review the information for international students before applying.

International students must have international transcripts evaluated by a transcript evaluation service that will provide a course-by-course evaluation of their degree including a grade equivalency and credit-hour equivalency. This is needed to facilitate the transfer of specific courses into the degree requirements of the Clinical Laboratory Science degree program.

English Language Requirements

Students in clinical laboratory science are required to have strong command of the English language, both to ensure success during their education and also to be properly prepared for employment after graduation. Special requirements apply to any student that is not a citizen of one of the following countries where English is the native language, or have earned a baccalaureate degree (or higher) from an institution in one of them: United States, Great Britain, Australia, New Zealand, or English-speaking provinces in Canada.

To verify English language requirements have been met, official exam results from either the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) must have been obtained within the two years prior to application:

  • Internet-based TOEFL minimum requirements: At least 23 or higher on the reading and listening sections; a score of 5.0 or 23 or higher on the writing section; a score of 26 or higher on the speaking section.
  • IELTS minimum requirements: Overall band score of 7.5 and no part score lower than 7.0.
  • Official documentation means that your test scores must be sent directly from the administering agency to KUMC. ETS school code for KUMC: 6895. Failure to submit official documentation will delay the admission process.
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Gain Experience Before You Apply!

Shadowing Experience

Applicants are required to participate in a shadowing activity to ensure that they are fully aware of the type of work performed by medical laboratory scientists. Shadowing involves observing the operations of a medical laboratory, the job duties and responsibilities of the various personnel and becoming aware of the level of professionalism needed to function in this career.

To fulfill this requirement, students should contact a hospital laboratory and ask to spend some time observing specimen processing, workflow, phlebotomy, and other laboratory procedures. A minimum of two hours are to be scheduled, covering as many aspects of the laboratory as possible. There is no maximum time limit. Applicants should be aware that they may need to participate in some preparatory training (confidentiality; safety, etc.) prior to being allowed to shadow in a lab. These requirements will vary based on the institution selected for the shadowing experience.

Experience in a lab

Students may contact a hospital laboratory and ask to spend some time observing specimen processing, workflow, phlebotomy, and other laboratory procedures. A minimum of two hours are to be scheduled, covering as many aspects of the laboratory as possible. There is no maximum time limit. Applicants should be aware that they may need to participate in some preparatory training (confidentiality; safety, etc.) prior to being allowed to shadow in a lab. These requirements will vary based on the institution selected for the shadowing experience.

Coursework

Studets may complete courses CLS 210 or BIOL 210 on the University of Kansas Lawrence Campus. This one-credit-hour elective provides an overview of the profession and includes a tour of a hospital clinical laboratory.

Quick Tip: The University Career Center can assist you in finding experiential opportunities. Schedule an appointment online or by calling 785-864-3624.

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Deadlines & Contact Information

Application due date:
December 15th

Advising home:
Undergraduate Advising Center, 785-864-2834

Advising contact:
Robin Merritt

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