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Curriculum and Degree Requirements

Earn a clinical doctorate in clinical laboratory science from KU Medical Center.


The clinical doctorate in clinical laboratory science requires 77 credits at the graduate level. Core curriculum may be completed as a distance learning program and on a full or part-time basis. During the final year of the program, you'll enroll in 7 to 10 credits a semester for an immersive, full-time clinical residency with research credits to complete a capstone project.

Sample full-time schedule (3 years).pdf

Residency Qualifying Examination

You must successfully complete a comprehensive qualifying exam upon completion of the core curriculum before enrolling in the residency courses.

For additional details about the qualifying exam, including policies and procedures, please review the program's student handbook (PDF).

Capstone Project

DCLS students will develop a translational research project with guidance from their Graduate Advising Committee (GAC). Research will be conducted during the residency year and must be evaluated in writing and orally to the GAC prior to graduation.

For additional details about the capstone project and defense, including policies and procedures, please review the program's student handbook (PDF).

Clinical Residency

One year (3 semesters), full-time, of clinical residency is completed at institutions affiliated with the program. During this time, you will also create a portfolio documenting experiences and work products.

Academic Requirements

  • Students must be in good academic standing with the KU Medical Center Office of Graduate Studies by maintaining a 3.00 GPA while in the program.
  • Minimum grade requirements apply to all graduate courses. See handbook.
  • Students need to be continuously enrolled in courses each semester during the full length of this program. See handbook.

DCLS Courses

For a full description of the following DCLS courses, view the Academic Catalog. Sequence of courses will depend on each student's individual study plan.

DCLS 800 Advanced Topics (1 credit hour)

DCLS 802 Principles of Healthcare Education (3 credit hours)

DCLS 805 Advanced Molecular Diagnostics (2 credit hours)

DCLS 815 Research Methods in Clinical Laboratory Sciences (2 credit hours)

DCLS 820 Evidence Based Practice (3 credit hours)

DCLS 830 Advanced Clinical Chemistry (3 credit hours)

DCLS 836 Advanced Hematology (3 credit hours)

DCLS 838 Advanced Immunology/Transplant (3 credit hours)

DCLS 842 Advanced Clinical Microbiology (3 credit hours)

DCLS 844 Advanced Immunohematology (3 credit hours)

DCLS 851 Clinical Correlations I (3 credit hours)

DCLS 852 Clinical Correlations II (3 credit hours)

DCLS 880 Principles of IPE Theory (1 credit hour)

DCLS 881 DCLS Interprofessional Practice (1 credit hour)

DCLS 890 Advanced Laboratory Operations (3 credit hours)

DCLS 901 DCLS Research I (2 credit hours)

DCLS 902 DCLS Research II (3 credit hours)

DCLS 903 DCLS Research III (3 credit hours)

DCLS 911 DCLS Residency I (4 credit hours)

DCLS 912 DCLS Residency II (5 credit hours)

DCLS 913 DCLS Residency III (5 credit hours)

DCLS 999 DCLS capstone (1 credit hour)

Other required courses

These courses are offered by other departments within the University of Kansas. Some of these may be offered in person only, hybrid, or online only. Alternatives and substitutions may be available for students depending on their enrollment status. Contact the program director for additional information.

  • BIOS 704 Principles of Statistics in Public Health (3 credit hours)
  • HP&M 810 Health Care System (3 credit hours)
  • PHCL 898 Principles of Pharmacology (1 credit hour)
  • PHSL 843 Physiology of Disease (3 credit hours)
  • PRVM 800 Epidemiology (3 credit hours)
  • PRVM 853 Responsible Conduct of Research (1 credit hour)

Curriculum is subject to change. A DCLS study plan is tailored to each individual at the time of acceptance.

Advising and Questions

Renee Hodgkins, Ph.D., MT(ASCP)
DCLS Program Director

Vaccines and Clinical Site Requirements

The University of Kansas Medical Center requires various immunizations for its students. For a detailed list please visit the student health forms webpage or speak with Student Health Services. These immunization requirements help promote health and safety and facilitate clinical placement.

Many, if not all, clinical sites who partner with the University of Kansas Medical Center require proof of these vaccines for students engaged in training or other programmatic experiences at clinical sites. Not being vaccinated may preclude students from participating in activities, potentially impeding their ability to complete all program requirements for degree completion. Applicants with questions should speak with a representative from the academic program to which they intend to apply.

KU School of Health Professions

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