Medical Laboratory Science
Medical Laboratory Science is focused on the performance of laboratory determinations and analyses used in the diagnosis and treatment of disease as well as health maintenance. Our 3+1 program prepares you for the MLS workforce with 3 years of prerequisite coursework followed by a final year of clinical training in an affiliated hospital. Affiliated programs are located at North Kansas City Hospital, St. Luke’s Hospital of Kansas City and University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
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.
A medical lab scientist carries out a variety of activities including:
- Analysis in chemistry, hematology, microbiology, molecular diagnostics, urinalysis and blood banking
- Developing and establishing new analytical procedures
- Conducting preventative maintenance and repair of laboratory instrumentation
Here is a great YouTube video describing what a Medical Lab Scientist does.
Most medical lab scientists work in a healthcare 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.
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.
|CHE 111||General Chemistry I||5|
|CHE 120||General Chemistry II with Qualitative Analysis||5|
|CHE 310||Organic Chemistry I||3|
|CHE 311||Organic Chemistry Laboratory I||2|
|CHE 321||Quantitative Analysis||4|
|CHE 326||Instrumental Analysis||4|
|CHE 370||Biochemistry I||4|
|BIO 106||Principles of Cell Biology||4|
|BIO 311||Animal Physiology||4-5|
|or BIO 250||Anatomy and Physiology|
|MAT 116||College Algebra||3|
|Courses in Medical Laboratory Science 1||30-43|
The courses and credit hours required will vary based on clinical site.
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.
Are you ready to declare this major? Download, sign and submit the form(s) to the Chemistry Department.
WHAT OUR STUDENTS ARE SAYING
Missouri Western is a great place for the hands-on experience you need to be successful. The professors were willing and helpful, working to enhance my education beyond the classroom, teaching practical skills. From my freshman year on I was able to work with equipment that at a larger university only a graduate student might handle. 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 college experience was better than I could have dreamed and prepared me for my career as a Clinical Laboratory Scientist.
Since my graduation from Missouri Western, 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 requirements and recommendations. 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.