BHS in Clinical and Diagnostic Sciences with Emphasis in Clinical Laboratory Science
Degree Program Description
Clinical laboratory scientists are skilled, certified professionals trained in the theoretical and practical aspects of clinical laboratory medicine - chemistry, hematology, microbiology, immunology, molecular pathology, and blood banking. Clinical Laboratory Scientists have various levels of responsibility - as staff technologists, research technologists, supervisors, managers, or educators -- and can work in a variety of settings, including hospitals, clinics, laboratories, and research centers. Approximately 60 to 70 percent of all medical decisions regarding a patient's diagnosis and treatment, as well as their hospital admission and discharge, are based upon laboratory test results obtained by Clinical Laboratory Scientists. The Clinical Laboratory Science (CLS) program at MU is a unique collaboration with the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha. The CLS program includes three years of prerequisite coursework, and 11 months in the clinical phase of the CLS program. The clinical year begins during the third week of May, with 11 weeks of coursework and clinical lab rotations in a dedicated summer student lab facility at the University of Nebraska's Medical Center in Omaha. After the initial 11 weeks in the program, CLS students return to Columbia and complete their clinical laboratory rotations at one of three clinical sites, which include the University of Missouri Hospital and Clinics, Boyce and Bynum Pathology Laboratories, and Harry S. Truman Memorial Veteran's Hospital. 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 with a Certificate in Medical Technology from the University of Nebraska Medical Center. Upon completion of the program, students are eligible to take the Medical Technology Licensure examination given by the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP).
Major Program Requirements
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).
|Major core requirements|
|ENGLSH 1000||Exposition and Argumentation||3|
|COMMUN 1200||Public Speaking||3|
|MATH 1100||College Algebra||3|
|STAT 1200||Introductory Statistical Reasoning||3|
|or STAT 1300||Elementary Statistics|
|Writing intensive elective *||3|
|Social science requirement|
|HIST 1100||Survey of American History to 1865||3|
|or HIST 1200||Survey of American History Since 1865|
|or POL_SC 1100||American Government|
|Social science/behavioral science requirement||6|
|MPP 3202||Elements of Physiology||5|
|Biological sciences elective (at least 16 hours of Biology)|
|BIO_SC 1500||Introduction to Biological Systems with Laboratory||5|
|BIO_SC 2200||General Genetics||4|
|BIO_SC 2300||Introduction to Cell Biology||4|
|MICROB 3200||Medical Microbiology and Immunology||4|
|or BIO_SC 3750||General Microbiology|
|Physical sciences requirement (at least 16 hours of Chemistry)|
|CHEM 1320||College Chemistry I||4|
|CHEM 1330||College Chemistry II||4|
|CHEM 2100||Organic Chemistry I||3|
|CHEM 3200||Quantitative Methods of Analysis with Lab||4|
|BIOCHM 3630||General Biochemistry||3|
|or CHEM 2110||Organic Chemistry II|
|CL_L_S 4407||Clinical Laboratory Operations||1-4|
|CL_L_S 4408||Introduction to Clinical Hematology||1-4|
|CL_L_S 4409||Introduction to Clinical Microbiology||1-4|
|CL_L_S 4410||Introduction to Clinical Chemistry and Urinalysis||1-4|
|CL_L_S 4411||Introduction to Clinical Immunohematology||1-4|
|CL_L_S 4412||Clinical Laboratory Science Theory, Application and Correlation||5|
|CL_L_S 4413||Clinical Endocrinology and Toxicology||1-4|
|CL_L_S 4414||Chemistry I||4|
|CL_L_S 4415||Chemistry II||3|
|CL_L_S 4416||Clinical Hematology I||4|
|CL_L_S 4417||Clinical Hematology II||3|
|CL_L_S 4418||Clinical Microbiology I||4|
|CL_L_S 4419||Clinical Microbiology II||3|
|CL_L_S 4420||Clinical Immunology||1|
|CL_L_S 4422||Immunohematology I||3|
|CL_L_S 4423||Immunohematology II||2|
|CL_L_S 4442||Clinical Immunohematology Laboratory Practicum I||1-4|
|CL_L_S 4443||Clinical Immunohematology Laboratory Practicum II||1-4|
|CL_L_S 4444||Clinical Core Laboratory Practicum||1-4|
|CL_L_S 4445||Clinical Core Laboratory Practicum II||1-4|
|CL_L_S 4448||Clinical Microbiology Laboratory Practicum I||1-4|
|CL_L_S 4449||Clinical Microbiology Laboratory Practicum II||1-4|
|CL_L_S 4970||Clinical Laboratory Management I||2|
|CL_L_S 4980W||Clinical Lab Management II - Writing Intensive||3|
Depending on course, may count toward another requirement in addition to the Writing Intensive Requirement.
Below is a sample plan of study, semester by semester. A student's actual plan may vary based on course choices where options are available.
|HLTH_SCI 1000||3||CHEM 1320||4|
|MATH 1100||3||ENGLSH 1000||3|
|PSYCH 1000||3||BIO_SC 1500||5|
|HIST 1100, 1200, or POL_SC 1100||3||Humanities||3|
|CHEM 1330||4||BIO_SC 2300||4|
|STAT 1200 or 1300||3||MICROB 3200||4|
|BIO_SC 2200||4||HLTH_SCI 3900W||3|
|Humanities||3||Behavior/Social Science Course (level 2000+)||3|
|CHEM 2100||3||MPP 3202||5||CL_L_S 4407||2|
|CDS 2190||3||CHEM 2110 or BIOCHM 3630||3||CL_L_S 4408||2|
|MICROB 4304||2||IS_LT 1111||1||CL_L_S 4409||2|
|COMMUN 1200||3||Humanities||3||CL_L_S 4410||1|
|CL_L_S 4413||1||CL_L_S 4412||5|
|CL_L_S 4414||2||CL_L_S 4415||3|
|CL_L_S 4416||2||CL_L_S 4417||3|
|CL_L_S 4418||2||CL_L_S 4419||3|
|CL_L_S 4420||1||CL_L_S 4423||2|
|CL_L_S 4422||2||CL_L_S 4443||1|
|CL_L_S 4442||1||CL_L_S 4445||1|
|CL_L_S 4444||1||CL_L_S 4449||1|
|CL_L_S 4448||1||CL_L_S 4980W||3|
|Total Credits: 124-126|
NOTE: Third Year - Summer to be completed in Omaha.
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