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Medical Laboratory Science

Medical Laboratory Science Application2020-08-05T11:10:42-05:00


Missouri Western State University maintains clinical affiliations with the following:

Complete and submit your application(s) immediately prior to the start of your Junior year.

  • Applications for June start programs are due by August 1st.
  • Applications for January start at St. Luke’s are due by May 1st.

After completing the program, students are eligible to take board certification exams from either or both of these certifying agencies:

In order to apply for clinical training you will need:

  • Minimum GPA of 2.5
  • 2-3 letters of reference
  • Completed all on-campus coursework prior to beginning your clinical training
  • Complete your application(s) and submit them by August 1 during the summer prior to the start of your Junior year
  • It is also preferred that you have some relevant laboratory experience, ideally in a clinical setting.
  • You will need to complete a personal interview (by invitation) with the site. These generally take place during September and October.
  • Decisions are generally made by the end of November.

What’s unique about the University of Nebraska Medical Center clinical affiliation?
Our affiliation with UNMC is unique in that students attend a residential 10-week clinical training session on the UNMC campus during the summer of their clinical phase. Students then return to Missouri Western where they complete their coursework and clinical experience at Mosaic Life Care hospital.

How do I apply?
Click on the link below for the program(s) you are interested in for application materials.

St. Luke’s Hospital
Marsha Brandom, MT (ASCP), SM
MLS Program Coordinator
Department of Pathology
Saint Luke’s Hospital
4401 Wornall Road
Kansas City, MO 64111

Apply to St. Luke’s

NKC Hospital
Marisa James
Program Director, School of Clinical Laboratory Science
NKC Hospital
2800 Clay Edwards Drive
North KC, MO 64116

Apply to NKC

UNMC/Mosaic Life Care
Dr. Natalie Mikita
MLS Program Director
Missouri Western State University
Department of Chemistry
4525 Downs Drive
St. Joseph, MO 64507

Apply to UNMC
Student in a chemistry lab

Medical Laboratory Science (Bachelor of Science, B.S.)

Missouri Western State University offers a program leading to the Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Medical Laboratory Science, also referred to as Clinical Laboratory Science or Medical Technology. The first three years of the program are spent completing specified college course work (94 credits). The fourth year is spent in an affiliated hospital which provides a structured educational program in a clinical laboratory. The clinical training programs are accredited by the Committee on Allied Health Education and Accreditation of the American Medical Association through the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS). When a student successfully completes the hospital clinical program, Missouri Western State University will award 30-43 credits depending on the clinical affiliate, for the fourth year’s work.

Acceptance into a clinical laboratory program is highly competitive, and enrollment in the Medical Laboratory Science program does not guarantee acceptance of the student into a clinical program. Students must make separate application to one of the three affiliated hospitals for the clinical program, which consists of ten to eleven months of full-time day clinical instruction. Affiliated programs are located at North Kansas City Hospital, St. Luke's Hospital of Kansas City, and University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha. Clinical course requirements and credit hours vary for each affiliated site. Students should consult the Medical Laboratory Science advisor in the Chemistry department for specific clinical course requirements and to ascertain the time schedule for application to each clinical program and the approximate dates when acceptance notices will be given.

Upon completion of the clinical program, students are eligible to take a national credentialing examination. Passing the examination is not a requirement for the Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Medical Laboratory Science; however, the student must pass the examination to become certified to practice as a medical technologist.

General Studies
Major Requirements
CHE 111General Chemistry I5
CHE 120General Chemistry II with Qualitative Analysis5
CHE 310Organic Chemistry I3
CHE 311Organic Chemistry Laboratory I2
CHE 321Quantitative Analysis4
CHE 326Instrumental Analysis4
CHE 370Biochemistry I4
BIO 106Principles of Cell Biology4
BIO 205Genetics4
BIO 311Animal Physiology4-5
or BIO 250 Anatomy and Physiology
BIO 390Microbiology4
BIO 421Immunology4
MAT 116College Algebra3
Courses in Medical Laboratory Science 130-43

Courses in Medical Laboratory Science

North Kansas City Hospital or St. Luke's Hospital

The following courses will be taken by students accepted into the clinical laboratory science training programs at North Kansas City Hospital or St. Luke’s Hospital.

MTE 412Clinical Lab Science Theory, Applications and Correlation5
MTE 413Applications of Chemistry for Clinical Lab Science1
MTE 430Clinical Microbiology4-8
MTE 432Clinical Chemistry6-10
MTE 434Clinical Hematology3-7
MTE 436Clinical Immunohematology3-7
MTE 438Clinical Immunology1-6
MTE 440Clinical Urinalysis1-3
MTE 442Topics in Medical Technology1-4

University of Nebraska Medical Center

The following courses will be taken by students accepted into the University of Nebraska Medical Center clinical laboratory science training program.

CLS 407Clinical Laboratory Operations2
CLS 408Introduction to Clinical Hematology2
CLS 409Introduction to Clinical Microbiology2
CLS 410Introduction to Clinical Chemistry and Urinalysis1
CLS 411Introduction to Clinical Immunohematology1
CLS 412Clinical Lab Science Theory, Application, and Correlation5
CLS 413Clinical Endocrinology and Toxicology1
CLS 414Clinical Chemistry and Urinalysis2
CLS 415Clinical Chemistry and Urinalysis II2
CLS 416Clinical Hematology I2
CLS 417Clinical Hematology II2
CLS 418Clinical Microbiology I2
CLS 419Clinical Microbiology II2
CLS 420Clinical Immunology and Molecular Diagnostics2
CLS 422Clinical Immunohematology I2
CLS 423Clinical Immunohematology II2
CLS 430Clinical Laboratory Management I2
CLS 431Clinical Laboratory Management II3
CLS 442Clinical Immunohematology Laboratory Practicum I1
CLS 443Clinical Immunohematology Laboratory Practicum II1
CLS 444Clinical Core Laboratory Practicum I1
CLS 445Clinical Core Laboratory Practicum II1
CLS 448Clinical Microbiology Laboratory Practicum I1
CLS 449Clinical Microbiology Laboratory Practicum II1

University Graduation Requirements 

  1. Earn a minimum of 120 credit hours (100 level and higher, maximum of 6 CED credit hours applicable).
  2. Earn a minimum of 30 credit hours in upper-division courses.  Lower-division transfer courses accepted as meeting upper-division departmental course requirements cannot be used to fulfill this requirement.
  3. Earn 30 of the last 45 credit hours at MWSU in institutional coursework (exclusive of credit by examination).
  4. Participate in required departmental and campus wide assessments. 
  5. Fulfill the Missouri Constitution requirement.
  6. Successfully pass the Missouri Higher Education Civics Achievement exam. 

Are you ready to declare this major? Download, sign and submit the form(s) to the chemistry department.

Mapping your degree plan is an important task for every student. You should consult with your academic advisor to create a plan for degree completion and to monitor it regularly.

Chemistry Minor

Minor Requirements
CHE 111General Chemistry I5
CHE 120General Chemistry II with Qualitative Analysis5
CHE 310Organic Chemistry I3
CHE 311Organic Chemistry Laboratory I2
CHE 321Quantitative Analysis4
Plus four credit hours of CHE 300-level or higher4
Total Credit Hours23

University Graduation Requirements

  1. Have a valid and declared major on file (minors cannot be awarded in the same areas as the major, emphasis or concentration).
  2. Earn a minimum of 3 credit hours beyond the major, emphasis, concentration and/or general studies requirements.
  3. Earn a minor GPA of at least 2.0.


Missouri Western is a great place for the hands-on experience you need to be successful. From my freshman year on, I was able to work with lab equipment that, at a larger university, only a graduate student would have access to. With amazing resources, volunteer opportunities and supportive professors, my college experience was better than I could have dreamed and prepared me for my career as a Clinical Laboratory Scientist.

Melissa McBride, '13

Since my graduation in 2010, I have had the privilege to work on the cutting edge of healthcare for large health systems and infectious disease labs. I’m so grateful that the Chemistry Department plugged in, invested in my future, and never gave up on me. Missouri Western gave me opportunities I wouldn’t have had elsewhere and will always have a special place in my heart.

Melody Boudreaux, '10