Clinical Lab Science

Clinical and Diagnostic Sciences (Clinical Laboratory Science)

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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).

Common Career Paths

You can do nearly anything with a Mizzou degree, but here are some common career paths taken by graduates of this major: