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.
  • Applications for Truman can begin in November for June start date.

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
Matthew Loeb, MLS (ASCP)
MLS Program Coordinator,
Department of Pathology
Saint Luke’s Hospital
4401 Wornall Road
Kansas City, MO 64111

Apply to St. Luke’s

NKC Hospital
Tamara Cessna, MT (ASCP)
Program Director,
School of Clinical Laboratory Science
NKC Hospital
2800 Clay Edwards Drive
North KC, MO 64116

Apply to NKC

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

Apply to UNMC

University Health Truman Medical Center
Mary Tiano MHCL, MT (ASCP)
Program Coordinator,
Medical Laboratory Science
University Health Truman Medical Center
2301 Holmes St.
Kansas City, MO 64108

Apply to Truman
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