Clinical Laboratory Science

The School of Health Professions offers a BS in Clinical Laboratory Science (also known as medical technology), which is a biology/chemistry-based bachelor’s degree that prepares students for exciting, challenging and dynamic careers in demand in places such as FBI crime labs, NASA, Centers for Disease Control or biotechnology as well as jobs in traditional healthcare settings.

Students take 2 years of specified liberal arts courses (biological science, chemistry, math and general education) followed by entry into the professional component of the program at the KU Medical Center in Kansas City. The degree consists of two concentrations – the clinical concentration (traditional) and the molecular biotechnology concentration. A student may choose either option or both. (Completing both concentrations will require approximately 1 additional semester).

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Sample Career Paths in Clinical Laboratory Science

Healthcare: Includes performing and analyzing a full range of laboratory tests to help detect, diagnosis and treat diseases.  Can also involve collecting quality samples from patients.

Education: Involves training students in universities, community colleges, hospitals, and laboratories to work in a clinical laboratory setting.

Industry: Includes marketing and sales of laboratory equipment and products, as well as research and development of new technology.

Research: Involves the research and development of new products, laboratory methods and clinical treatments.

Forensic Science: Involves the collection, identification, classification, and analysis of physical evidence related to criminal investigations.

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Employer categories:

  • Biotechnology Research Laboratories
  • Blood Banks
  • Clinical Laboratories
  • Cosmetic and Food Industries
  • Federal Government Agencies, including: National Institutes of Health, National Institute on Aging, Agricultural Research Service, FBI, Centers for Disease Control, Food and Drug Administration, Environmental Protection Agency
  • Fertility Clinics/Laboratories
  • Forensic and Law Enforcement Laboratories
  • Hospital Laboratories
  • Industrial/Commercial Laboratories
  • Law Enforcement Agencies
  • Medical Center Research Laboratories
  • Molecular Biotechnology Companies
  • Pharmaceutical Companies
  • Physicians' Offices
  • Public Health Laboratories
  • Research Laboratories/Institutes
  • Universities/Colleges
  • Veterinary Clinics
  1. Gain direct experience within the areas that interest you most through research projects, independent study, internships, part-time jobs, student organization involvement, or volunteering.
  2. Register for KU Career Connections and subscribe to the Internship Newsletter to receive automated weekly emails with specific internship information.
  3. Acquire relevant certifications required for the specialization that you choose. Most medical laboratories require certification for continued employment. Some states have a separate licensure process as well. For more information on the national certification exams offered, visit the American Society for Clinical Pathology Board of Registry
  4. Consider joining a professional organization related to clinical laboratory science, such as the American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science, and, if possible, attend local and/or regional conferences to make connections with professionals working in your field
  5. Consider getting involved with a student organization at KUMC related to your area of interest, such as: Infectious Disease Interest Group, Food for Medicine, Students Educating and Advocating for Diversity.
  6. Join professional associations related to Clinical Laboratory Science and, if possible, attend local and/or regional conferences to make connections with professionals in your field of interest
  7. Earn a minor or take additional coursework outside your major when relevant to your career goals
  8. Maintain a strong GPA in your introductory biology, chemistry, and math classes in order to meet the CLS department's admission requirements
  9. Develop strong problem-solving and communication skills

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