Undergraduate Admission

This program requires 2 years of preparatory college study (57 hours minimum) and 2 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 available on the Lawrence campus). The program is open to students who have bachelor’s degrees, if they have completed the prerequisites.

Applications for the professional program 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 3 letters of recommendation, 2 of which should be from college basic science instructors.

Admission Requirements

An applicant to the CLS 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, physics, and microbiology. Admission to the program is a competitive process.

International students, or those for whom English is a second language, may have additional requirements relative to language proficiency, residency, and citizenship status. International students should review current requirements.

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

Prospective students should review the program requirements, including prerequisite course work, and complete list of application requirements.


English (6 hours)

ENGL 101 Composition 3
ENGL 102 Critical Reading and Writing 3

Mathematics (6 hours minimum)

MATH 101 Algebra (3) or
MATH 104 Precalculus Mathematics (5) or
MATH 115 Calculus I (3)
MATH 365 Elementary Statistics (3) or
BIOL 570 Introduction to Biostatistics (3) or
SOC 310 Introduction to Social Research (3) or
PSYC 210 Statistics in Psychological Research (3)

Biology (10-11 hours)

BIOL 150 Principles of Molecular and Cellular Biology 4
BIOL 246 Principles of Human Physiology (3) or
BIOL 408 Physiology of Organisms (3) or
BIOL 646 Mammalian Physiology (4)
BIOL 350 Principles of Genetics
(some community college genetics courses may be accepted)

Microbiology (5 hours)

BIOL 400 Fundamentals of Microbiology
BIOL 402 Fundamentals of Microbiology Laboratory 2

Chemistry (13-15 hours)

CHEM 130 General Chemistry I 5
CHEM 135 General Chemistry II 5
CHEM 310 Fundamentals of Organic Chemistry (3) or
CHEM 330 Organic Chemistry I (3)
CHEM 331 Organic Chemistry I Laboratory 2

Communication Studies (3 hours)

COMS 130 or COMS 131 Speaker-Audience Communication (3) or
PHIL 148 Reason and Argument (3) or
PHIL 310 Introduction to Symbolic Logic (3)

Liberal Arts and Sciences Courses (12 hours)

Humanities electives (2 courses) 6
Social sciences electives (2 courses) 6

Clinical Laboratory Science (1 hour recommended)

CLS 210 Introduction to Clinical Laboratory Sciences 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:

Contact Info

Department of Clinical Laboratory Sciences

KU Medical Center
Mail Stop 4048, 3901 Rainbow Blvd.
Kansas City, KS 66160
Venus Ward, Clinical Laboratory Science Program Director
Eric Elsinghorst, Molecular Biotechnology Program Director

Department of Clinical Laboratory Sciences

KU Medical Center
Mail Stop 4048, 3901 Rainbow Blvd.
Kansas City, KS 66160
Eric Elsinghorst, Molecular Biotechnology Program Director
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