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

This is a draft edition of the 2024-2025 catalog. Information contained within is subject to change.

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, Truman Medical Center 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 laboratory scientist.

Students who choose this bachelor degree program will have no more than 6 years from admission or subsequent declaration to meet the requirements listed below. If certification, accreditation or statutory requirements change and additional requirements become effective during this time, the new requirements take precedence.

General Studies
Students must complete General Studies courses42
Major Requirements50-51
BIO 106Principles of Cell Biology4
BIO 205Genetics4
BIO 250Anatomy and Physiology4-5
or BIO 311 Animal Physiology
BIO 390Microbiology4
BIO 421Immunology4
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
MAT 116College Algebra3
Courses in Medical Laboratory Science 130-43

The courses and credit hours required will vary based on clinical site.

Courses in Medical Laboratory Science

North Kansas City Hospital, St. Luke's Hospital, or Truman Medical Center

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

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 Urinalysis I2
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

Program Graduation Requirements 

  1. Earn an overall GPA of at least 2.0 and a major GPA of at least 2.0.

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.