Clinical Laboratory Science

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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).

Clinical Laboratory Science Program website



Sample of Related Skills

  • Provide essential information used to make diagnose and treat disease
  • Assist physicians and/or detectives in making decisions based on scientific analysis of blood, tissue and other body fluids
  • Analyze blood, urine, tissue or other body specimens
  • Identify and explain fundamental biological concepts and principles on the molecular, cellular, organismal and population levels
  • Communicate scientific findings both orally and in written forms
  • Develop experimental skills and techniques used in laboratory and field research


Popular Career Paths

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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Jobs to Consider

Blood Bank Quality Assurance Coordinator

Blood Bank Technologist

Clinical Laboratory Scientist/Technologist


Forensic Science Technicians



Immunohistochemistry Technician

Infection Control Specialist

Laboratory Informatics Specialist

Laboratory Manager

Medical Laboratory Technician

Medical Technologist

Molecular Pathology Technologist

Pathologist Assistant

Pharmaceutical Scientist

Phlebotomy Technician

Program Director

Quality Assurance Director

Research and Development Engineer


Sales Manager

Specialist in Blood Banking (SBB)

Veterinary Pathologist

Places to Seek Employment

Biotechnology Research Laboratories

Blood Banks

Clinical Laboratories

Cosmetic and Food Industries

Federal Government Agencies

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


Veterinary Clinics

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Employment Strategies

  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 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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