Clinical Laboratory Science

Bachelor’s degree

Clinical laboratory scientists perform the many laboratory tests and procedures used to diagnose, monitor, and treat disease. They are trained in chemistry, hematology, microbiology, blood banking, serology, immunology, and molecular pathology.

The Bachelor of Health Science in Clinical and Diagnostic Science with an emphasis in Clinical Laboratory Science prepares you to become certified to become a clinical or medical laboratory scientist.


Clinical program

The Clinical Laboratory Science program is a 12-month program that begins after acceptance when a student completes their junior year. Clinical training and education is done in partnership with the NAACLS accredited clinical laboratory science program at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. Students graduate with a Bachelor of Health Science degree in Clinical and Diagnostic Sciences with emphasis in Clinical Laboratory Science from the University of Missouri upon successful completion of the program.

Professional certification

Upon completion of the program, students are eligible to take the Medical Technology Licensure examination given by the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP). ASCP Certification has been the industry standard for laboratory professionals since 1928. Passing this exam earns the student the title of ASCP Certified Medical Laboratory Scientist, and entitles them to use MLS(ASCP) after their name to verify that they are proficient in their field. Additional information about certification is available by contacting ASCP Board of Certification at 312-738-1336, ext. 1344.

There is a critical national shortage of trained Clinical Laboratory Scientists, with more than 140,000 job openings; this number is actually increasing because of an aging workforce with high retirement rates.

Careers in clinical laboratory science

Due to extremely high demand for certified medical laboratory scientists, Mizzou CLS graduates have a 100% job placement rate and may receive multiple job offers.

Course work

The Clinical Laboratory Science program includes 43 credit hours taken over the course of one year, beginning in May. Once accepted, students spend 13 weeks at the University of Nebraska’s Medical Center in Omaha to begin their coursework and laboratory introduction and rotations.

Upon completion of the summer student lab in Omaha, students will complete their clinical rotations at local and regional hospitals. Coursework will be completed online through the University of Nebraska’s Canvas course management system. Graduates are eligible to apply for ASCP board certification as medical laboratory scientists upon completion of the program.

Clinical facilities

Clinical rotations will be through the following facilities:

  • University of Missouri Hospital in Columbia, Missouri
  • Harry S. Truman Veterans Hospital in Columbia, Missouri
  • Boone Hospital Center in Columbia, Missouri
  • Barnes Jewish Hospital, St. Louis, Missouri
  • Children’s Hospital, St. Louis, Missouri

Curriculum requirements

Learn about required courses and other program requirements, including a sample semester-by-semester plan of study.

Advising worksheet

Students may use the CLS advising worksheet as a guide but advising through the School of Health Professions Student Services is highly recommended.


Students must apply for acceptance into the Clinical Laboratory Science (CLS) program in the fall of their junior year. Find out about application requirements, early admission options and what you need to apply to the program. 

High school seniors and first-semester MU freshmen may be eligible to apply for early admission to the CLS program.

Admission and application

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Cost and financial aid

Learn about program costs and financial aid, scholarships and other ways to fund your education.


Program accreditation

MU CLS training is partnered with the NAACLS accredited medical laboratory science program of the University of Nebraska Medical Center.

National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences
5600 N. River Rd., Suite 720
Rosemont, IL 60018-5119
Phone: 847-939-3597 or 773-714-8880
Fax: 773-714-8886

Institutional accreditation

University of Missouri institutional accreditation is provided by:

The Higher Learning Commission
30 North LaSalle Street, Suite 2400
Chicago, IL 60602-2504
Phone: 800-621-7440