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 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 pre-requisite coursework, and 11 months of clinical coursework. The clinical year begins in late May, with 13 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 13 weeks in the program, CLS students return the Mid-Missouri area and complete their clinical laboratory rotations at local and regional clinical sites. Students graduate with a Bachelor of Health Science (BHS) degree in Clinical and Diagnostic Sciences with an emphasis in Clinical Laboratory Science from the University of Missouri. Upon completion of the program, students are eligible to challenge the Medical Laboratory Scientist credentialing examination administered by the American Society for Clinical Pathology Board of Certification (ASCP BOC). The CLS program is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS) via its partnership with the NAACLS-accredited Medical Laboratory Science program of the University of Nebraska Medical Center. 

Major Program Requirements

Students must complete the courses below with a grade of C- or higher to earn the BHS in Clinical and Diagnostic Sciences with an emphasis in Clinical Laboratory Science degree. In addition, students must meet degree and University requirements, including University general education. In addition to the degree requirements below, the CLS program requires an application, including an interview, and students are encouraged to work with an advisor in order to best structure the prerequisites and prepare for the program application. The application process is competitive, and meeting minimum criteria does not guarantee admission. There are a limited number of clinical positions available. A minimum 2.5 cumulative in addition to a math/science course GPA are required to be considered for acceptance.

Program Prerequisites45
MATH 1100College Algebra3
ENGLSH 1000Writing and Rhetoric3
or ENGLSH 1000H Honors Writing and Rhetoric
PSYCH 1000General Psychology3
or PSYCH 1000H General Psychology - Honors
STAT 1200Introductory Statistical Reasoning3
or STAT 1300 Elementary Statistics
or ESC_PS 4170 Introduction to Applied Statistics
HLTH_SCI 4200WIntroduction to The Research Process and Evidence Base - Writing Intensive (same as HLTH_SCI 3900W)3
Biological sciences elective (at least 16 hours of Biological Science, including the following)
BIO_SC 1500Introduction to Biological Systems with Laboratory5
or BIO_SC 1500H Introduction to Biological Systems with Laboratory Honors
BIO_SC 2200General Genetics4
or BIO_SC 2200H General Genetics - Honors
MICROB 3200Medical Microbiology and Immunology4
or BIO_SC 3750 General Microbiology
V_PBIO 3551Introduction to Immunology I3
or MICROB 4304 Immunology for Health Professions
Physical sciences requirement (at least 14 hours of Chemistry, including the following)
CHEM 1320College Chemistry I4
or CHEM 1320H College Chemistry I - Honors
CHEM 1330College Chemistry II4
or CHEM 1330H College Chemistry II- Honors
CHEM 2100Organic Chemistry I3
2000-level or higher Chemistry or Biochemistry course from approved course list3
Major Core Requirements43
CL_L_S 4407Clinical Laboratory Operations2
CL_L_S 4408Introduction to Clinical Hematology2
CL_L_S 4409Introduction to Clinical Microbiology2
CL_L_S 4410Introduction to Clinical Chemistry and Urinalysis1
CL_L_S 4411Introduction to Clinical Immunohematology1
CL_L_S 4412Clinical Laboratory Science Theory, Application and Correlation5
CL_L_S 4413Clinical Endocrinology and Toxicology1
CL_L_S 4414Clinical Chemistry and Urinalysis I2
CL_L_S 4415Clinical Chemistry and Urinalysis II2
CL_L_S 4416Clinical Hematology I2
CL_L_S 4417Clinical Hematology II2
CL_L_S 4418Clinical Microbiology I2
CL_L_S 4419Clinical Microbiology II2
CL_L_S 4420Clinical Immunology and Molecular Diagnostics2
CL_L_S 4422Immunohematology I2
CL_L_S 4423Clinical Immunohematology II2
CL_L_S 4442Clinical Immunohematology Laboratory Practicum I1
CL_L_S 4443Clinical Immunohematology Laboratory Practicum II1
CL_L_S 4444Clinical Core Laboratory Practicum I1
CL_L_S 4445Clinical Core Laboratory Practicum II1
CL_L_S 4448Clinical Microbiology Laboratory Practicum I1
CL_L_S 4449Clinical Microbiology Laboratory Practicum II1
CL_L_S 4970Clinical Laboratory Management I2
CL_L_S 4980WClinical Lab Management II - Writing Intensive3

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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
MATH 11003CHEM 13204 
BIO_SC 15005ENGLSH 10003 
HLTH_SCI 1000 (recommended elective)3SOCIOL 10003 
PSYCH 10003Elective3 
 14 13  
Second Year
CHEM 13304MICROB 32004 
BIO_SC 22004CHEM 21003 
Humanities3HIST 1100, 1200, or POL_SC 11003 
 14 12  
Third Year
MICROB 43043HLTH_SCI 3900W or SOCIOL 3950W3CL_L_S 44072
STAT 1200, 1300, or ESC_PS 417032000-level or higher Chemistry or Biochemistry course from approved course list3CL_L_S 44082
2000+ level Humanities3Humanities3CL_L_S 44092
Elective 3Elective3CL_L_S 44101
  CL_L_S 44111
 12 12 8
Fourth Year
CL_L_S 44131CL_L_S 44125 
CL_L_S 44142CL_L_S 44152 
CL_L_S 44162CL_L_S 44172 
CL_L_S 44182CL_L_S 44192 
CL_L_S 44202CL_L_S 44232 
CL_L_S 44222CL_L_S 44431 
CL_L_S 44421CL_L_S 44451 
CL_L_S 44441CL_L_S 44491 
CL_L_S 44481CL_L_S 4980W3 
CL_L_S 49702  
 16 19  
Total Credits: 120

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

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