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The department offers a Bachelor of Science degree in Clinical Laboratory Science with a concentration in clinical laboratory science or molecular biotechnology as preparation for entry-level positions as medical laboratory scientists or molecular biotechnologists. The undergraduate program is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences, 5600 N. River Road, Suite 720, Rosemont, IL 60018, 733-714-8880.

The department also offers a Master of Science degree in molecular biotechnology. This program prepares students for advanced careers in molecular biotechnology-oriented clinical, industrial, and research laboratories. The application of these skills to research and development is emphasized.

The medical laboratory scientist (medical technologist/clinical laboratory scientist) performs laboratory analyses on blood, tissue, and fluids from the human body using precision instruments such as microscopes and automatic analyzers. Test results play an important role in the detection, diagnosis, and treatment of disease. Medical laboratory scientists establish and monitor quality control programs and design or modify procedures to assure accurate results. They recognize interdependency of tests and understand physiological conditions affecting test results in order to provide data used by a physician in determining the presence, extent, and as far as possible, the cause of disease.

Molecular biotechnologists analyze nucleic acids and proteins and play an important role in many areas of health care. In clinical laboratories, they are involved in the diagnosis and classification of infectious and genetic diseases and cancers as well as genetic identity and forensic testing. In research laboratories, these professionals study biological systems and macromolecular structure and function.

The Department of Clinical Laboratory Sciences is on the ground floor of Eaton on the KU Medical Center campus in Kansas City, Kan. It is one of many academic programs in the KU School of Allied Health.

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For information about undergraduate clinical laboratory science at KU, please visit the department’s website. Students interested in entering this field should contact an adviser as early in their collegiate careers as possible to ensure prerequisite course work will be completed on schedule. Contact an adviser today.

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