Department of Chemistry

BS Medical Laboratory Science

What is Medical Laboratory Science?
Medical Laboratory Science is a branch of medicine focused on the performance of laboratory determinations and analyses used in the diagnosis and treatment of disease as well as health maintenance.

What do Medical Lab Scientists do?
A medical lab scientist caries out a variety of activities including:
- Analysis in chemistry, hematology, microbiology, urinalysis, and blood banking.
- Develop and establish new analytical procedures.
- Conducting preventative maintenance and repair of laboratory instrumentation related to medical lab science.
Here is a great YouTube video describing what a Medical Lab Scientist does.

Where do Medical Laboratory Scientists work?
Most medical lab scientists work in a health care setting such as a hospital, private laboratories or doctors’ offices. Medical lab scientists also find employment in medical sales, research, teaching/training, service organizations such as the Peace Corp, and even the military services.

What is the expected starting salary for a Medical Lab Scientist?
While salaries are always dependent upon where you live, nationally the average salary for a medical laboratory scientist was $61,500 in 2015. In addition, some hospitals will offer significant signing bonuses as well as increased rates for working night shifts.

How do I earn a degree in Medical Laboratory Science?
Missouri Western State University offers a Bachelor of Science in Medical Laboratory Science. The degree program requires 3-years of coursework on the MWSU campus to complete your general studies requirements as well as prerequisite coursework in science and mathematics. In your third year you may apply for admission to one of our three clinical training sites and, following acceptance into one of our clinical affiliates you will begin your clinical training during the summer prior to your senior year.

"Since my graduation from MWSU in 2010, I have had the privilege to work for large health systems, infectious disease laboratories, and on the cutting edge of healthcare Infection Control development as it relates to CDC and NHSN requirements and recommendations. The summer after graduation, I presented a research paper at the annual HAABB conference in Kansas City. A brand new medical technologist staring out at 75-100 colleagues from all over the Midwest. That was something a tired, frustrated transfer student never would’ve imagined when I crossed Western’s door. I’m so grateful that the Chemistry Department plugged in, invested in my future, and never gave up on me. It will always have a special place in my heart."
Melody Boudreaux, '10
"MWSU is a great place for the hands-on experience everyone needs to be successful in their field. The professors were willing and helpful working to enhance my education beyond the classroom, teaching practical skills, such as accurate pipetting and properly using a microscope. From my freshman year on I was able to work with equipment that at a larger university only a graduate student might work with. I also had the opportunity to assist with Super Science Saturday, a fun day showing different aspects of the science world to young kids. With amazing resources, volunteering opportunities, and supportive professors my collegiate experience was better than I could have dreamed and prepared me for my career as a Clinical Laboratory Scientist."
Melissa McBride, '13