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). 

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

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
  • Universities/Colleges
  • Veterinary Clinics 

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  1. Identify areas of interest related to your major so you can focus your academics and experiences towards these fields. 
     
  2. Gain direct experience within the areas that interest you most through research projects, independent studies, internshipspart-time jobsstudent organization involvement, or volunteering
     
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  4. Consider joining a professional organization related to your area of interest, and, if possible, attend local and/or regional conferences to make connections with professionals working in your field. 
     
  5. Practice interviewing on your own or by conducting a mock interview at the University Career Center. 
     
  6. Develop your resume and tailor it to your area(s) of interest.
     
  7. Earn a minor or take additional coursework outside your major when relevant to your career goals. 
     
  8. Complete an independent study to gain advanced research skills. 
     
  9. Maintain a strong GPA if you are considering pursuing graduate or professional school. 
     
  10. Consider getting involved with a student organization at KU related to your area of interest.