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Bachelor of Science in Clinical Laboratory Science

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B.S. Degree Requirements

In KU’s accredited clinical laboratory science program, students pursue a one-of-a-kind, dual-track program featuring molecular biotechnology and the traditional clinical concentrations. The extensive scientific background a student receives in CLS is an advantage to those planning further academic or professional studies. In addition, many students receive substantial scholarships.

Interested students should contact the department at KU Medical Center for advising as early as possible in their college careers (advising is also available on the Lawrence campus). The program is open to students who have bachelor’s degrees, if they have completed the prerequisites.

Degree Requirements

The undergraduate program requires 2 years of preparatory college study before beginning 2 years of professional course work in clinical laboratory science. 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. View current curricula for both CLS concentrations.

The Bachelor of Science program requires 2 years of undergraduate college course work including a minimum of 57 semester credit hours at KU Lawrence campus, or at another university or community college and 2 years of professional courses at KU Medical Center. To obtain a bachelor’s degree from KU, a student must earn the last 30 hours of credit for the degree by resident study. Transfer students should be aware that all transfer courses for which they have requested credit must be equivalent to courses required at KU, or additional course work will be required. All other degree requirements must be fulfilled.

Program requirements and course offerings are subject to change. Prospective students should contact the department for the latest information.

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Professional Program in Clinical Laboratory Science

The professional program includes the following required courses:

BIOL 503 Immunology 3
BIOL 600 Introductory Biochemistry, Lectures 4
CLS 520 Phlebotomy 1
CLS 523 Fundamental Analytical Techniques and Immunochemistry Laboratory 3
CLS 530 Clinical Chemistry I 3
CLS 532 Clinical Microbiology I 3
CLS 533 Clinical Microbiology I Laboratory 3
CLS 536 Hematology I 3
CLS 537 Hematology I Laboratory 2
CLS 540 Clinical Chemistry II 2
CLS 541 Professional Development 2
CLS 542 Clinical Microbiology II 2
CLS 543 Clinical Microbiology II Laboratory 2
CLS 544 Immunohematology I 3
CLS 545 Immunohematology I Laboratory 2
CLS 546 Hematology II 3
CLS 547 Hematology II Laboratory 2
CLS 549 Clinical Immunology I Laboratory 2
CLS 605 Introduction to Molecular Diagnostics I 1
CLS 607 Introduction to Molecular Diagnostics I Laboratory 1
CLS 640 Clinical Chemistry III 2
CLS 641 Clinical Chemistry Practicum 3
CLS 642 Clinical Microbiology III 2
CLS 643 Clinical Microbiology Practicum 3
CLS 644 Immunohematology II 1
CLS 645 Immunohematology Practicum 1
CLS 646 Hematology III 2
CLS 647 Hematology Practicum 3
CLS 648 Clinical Immunology II 1
CLS 649 Clinical Immunology Practicum 1
CLS 650 Clinical Laboratory Science Review 1
CLS 661 Management Principles in Health Care 3
CLS 690 Special Topics (elective) (1)

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Professional Program in Molecular Biotechnology

The professional program includes the following required courses:

BIOL 503 Immunology 3
BIOL 600 Introductory Biochemistry, Lectures 4
CLS 520 Phlebotomy 1
CLS 523 Fundamental Analytical Techniques and Immunochemistry Laboratory 3
CLS 530 Clinical Chemistry I 3
CLS 532 Clinical Microbiology I 3
CLS 533 Clinical Microbiology I Laboratory 3
CLS 536 Hematology I 3
CLS 537 Hematology I Laboratory 2
CLS 540 Clinical Chemistry II 2
CLS 541 Professional Development 2
CLS 542 Clinical Microbiology II 2
CLS 543 Clinical Microbiology II Laboratory 2
CLS 544 Immunohematology I 3
CLS 545 Immunohematology I Laboratory 2
CLS 546 Hematology II 3
CLS 547 Hematology II Laboratory 2
CLS 549 Clinical Immunology I Laboratory 2
CLS 605 Introduction to Molecular Diagnostics I 1
CLS 607 Introduction to Molecular Diagnostics I Laboratory 1
CLS 610 Advanced Biotechniques Lecture 3
CLS 611 Advanced Biotechniques Laboratory 2
CLS 615 Journal Club 1
CLS 620 Radiation Safety 1
CLS 621 Biotechnology Methodologies Practicum 4
CLS 622 Problems in Molecular Genetics, Molecular Diagnostics, Proteomics, and Molecular Immunology 2
CLS 623 Molecular Genetics Practicum 4
CLS 655 Molecular Biotechnology Review Course 1
CLS 661 Management Principles in Health Care 3
1 elective practicum to be selected from the following courses:
CLS 625 Cytogenetics Practicum (4)
CLS 627 Protein Structure/Function Practicum (4)
CLS 629 Cytokine/Chemokine Practicum (4)
CLS 631 Molecular Immunology Practicum (4)
CLS 633 Special Topics Practicum (4)
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