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.
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 412||Clinical Lab Science Theory, Applications and Correlation||5|
|MTE 413||Applications of Chemistry for Clinical Lab Science||1|
|MTE 430||Clinical Microbiology||4-8|
|MTE 432||Clinical Chemistry||6-10|
|MTE 434||Clinical Hematology||3-7|
|MTE 436||Clinical Immunohematology||3-7|
|MTE 438||Clinical Immunology||1-6|
|MTE 440||Clinical Urinalysis||1-3|
|MTE 442||Topics in Medical Technology||1-4|
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 407||Clinical Laboratory Operations||2|
|CLS 408||Introduction to Clinical Hematology||2|
|CLS 409||Introduction to Clinical Microbiology||2|
|CLS 410||Introduction to Clinical Chemistry and Urinalysis||1|
|CLS 411||Introduction to Clinical Immunohematology||1|
|CLS 412||Clinical Lab Science Theory, Application, and Correlation||5|
|CLS 413||Clinical Endocrinology and Toxicology||1|
|CLS 414||Clinical Chemistry and Urinalysis||2|
|CLS 415||Clinical Chemistry and Urinalysis II||2|
|CLS 416||Clinical Hematology I||2|
|CLS 417||Clinical Hematology II||2|
|CLS 418||Clinical Microbiology I||2|
|CLS 419||Clinical Microbiology II||2|
|CLS 420||Clinical Immunology and Molecular Diagnostics||2|
|CLS 422||Clinical Immunohematology I||2|
|CLS 423||Clinical Immunohematology II||2|
|CLS 430||Clinical Laboratory Management I||2|
|CLS 431||Clinical Laboratory Management II||3|
|CLS 442||Clinical Immunohematology Laboratory Practicum I||1|
|CLS 443||Clinical Immunohematology Laboratory Practicum II||1|
|CLS 444||Clinical Core Laboratory Practicum I||1|
|CLS 445||Clinical Core Laboratory Practicum II||1|
|CLS 448||Clinical Microbiology Laboratory Practicum I||1|
|CLS 449||Clinical Microbiology Laboratory Practicum II||1|
University Graduation Requirements
- Earn a minimum of 120 credit hours (100 level and higher, maximum of 6 CED credit hours applicable).
- 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.
- Earn 30 of the last 45 credit hours at MWSU in institutional coursework (exclusive of credit by examination).
- Participate in required departmental and campus wide assessments.
- Fulfill the Missouri Constitution requirement.
- Successfully pass the Missouri Higher Education Civics Achievement exam.