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).

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Major Program Requirements

Students must complete all university requirements, including general education, in addition to the degree requirements below.

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 1000Exposition and Argumentation3
COMMUN 1200Public Speaking3
MATH 1100College Algebra3
STAT 1200Introductory Statistical Reasoning3
or STAT 1300 Elementary Statistics
Social science requirement
Select one of the following:3
Survey of American History to 1865
Survey of American History Since 1865
American Government
Social science/behavioral science requirement6
Humanities electives6
Writing intensive elective *3
MPP 3202Elements of Physiology5
Biological sciences elective (at least 16 hours of Biology)
BIO_SC 1500Introduction to Biological Systems with Laboratory5
BIO_SC 2200General Genetics4
BIO_SC 2300Introduction to Cell Biology4
MICROB 3200Medical Microbiology and Immunology4
or BIO_SC 3750 General Microbiology
MICROB 4304Immunology2
Physical sciences requirement (at least 16 hours of Chemistry)
CHEM 1320College Chemistry I4
CHEM 1330College Chemistry II4
CHEM 2100Organic Chemistry I3
CHEM 3200Quantitative Methods of Analysis with Lab4
BIOCHM 3630General Biochemistry3
or CHEM 2110 Organic Chemistry II
Core Requirements
CL_L_S 4412Clinical Laboratory Science Theory, Application and Correlation5
CL_L_S 4414Chemistry I4
CL_L_S 4415Chemistry II3
CL_L_S 4416Clinical Hematology I4
CL_L_S 4417Clinical Hematology II3
CL_L_S 4418Clinical Microbiology I4
CL_L_S 4419Clinical Microbiology II3
CL_L_S 4420Clinical Immunology1
CL_L_S 4422Immunohematology I3
CL_L_S 4423Immunohematology II2
CL_L_S 4424Phlebotomy1
CL_L_S 4426Body Fluid Analysis1
CL_L_S 4970Clinical Laboratory Management I2
CL_L_S 4980Clinical Lab Management II3
Total Credits117-119

Depending on course, may count toward another requirement in addition to the Writing Intensive Requirement.

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Semester Plan

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.

First Year
HLTH_SCI 10003ENGLSH 10003 
MATH 11003CHEM 13204 
HIST 1100, 1200, or POL_SC 11003BIO_SC 15005 
PSYCH 10003  
 13-15 15  
Second Year
CHEM 13304MICROB 32004 
STAT 1200 or 13003Behavior/Social Science Course (level 2000+)3 
BIO_SC 22004BIO_SC 23004 
Humanities3HLTH_SCI 39003 
 14 14  
Third Year
CHEM 21003Humanities3CL_L_S 44141
COMMUN 12003MPP 32025CL_L_S 44182
MICROB 43042CHEM 2110 or BIOCHM 36303CL_L_S 44222
CDS 21903IS_LT 11111CL_L_S 44161
 11 12 6
Fourth Year
CL_L_S 44143CL_L_S 44153 
CL_L_S 44163CL_L_S 44173 
CL_L_S 44184CL_L_S 44193 
CL_L_S 44201CL_L_S 44232 
CL_L_S 44223CL_L_S 4980 (WI)3 
HTH_PR 4085 (Toxicology)1CL_L_S 44125 
CL_L_S 44261  
CL_L_S 49702  
 18 19  
Total Credits: 122-124

NOTE: Third Year - Summer to be completed in Omaha.

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Degree Audit

The degree audit is an automated report reflecting a student’s academic progress toward the completion of a degree.  Degree Audits are not available for all programs; however, please consult with the appropriate college or school for audit information.

MU students who have attended since August 2007 can request a degree audit by logging in to myZou and navigating to Self Service, then Student Center, and clicking on “Request Degree Audit.” The audit automatically pulls in the student’s MU course work, transfer courses and courses in progress.

MU students who have NOT attended since August 2007 can request a degree audit by contacting the Academic Advising Unit of the division in which they were last enrolled at MU. For contact information, go to

For newly admitted or prospective students, MU degree audits can be created at Information on the college credits already earned will have to be manually entered before it can be evaluated against current degree requirements.

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Major and Career Exploration

The University of Missouri has many resources to assist you in exploring majors and career possibilities.  For guidance, visit the Majors and Careers website or view specific resources below.

  • If you would like to learn more about your career interests, abilities, values and talents, visit the MU Career Center in the lower level of the Student Success Center.  No appointment is necessary to explore career options with one of our staff members.

For additional major and career exploration resources, visit Major & Career Exploration in the catalog.

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