Clinical Laboratory Sciences Undergraduate Program

Clinical lab students inspecting samples in hospital.

Play a vital role on the medical team

Become a certified clinical laboratory scientist (CLS) with this accredited degree.

Spot disease and illness by analyzing blood, tissue and other specimens. Provide support for hospitals, clinics and physicians.

Find work right away – 100% of our graduates are employed in the field.

Why major in clinical laboratory sciences at Missouri State?

Clinical lab student holding up test samples.

Enter a high-demand field

When you graduate, you won’t have trouble getting hired. Our graduates have 100% job placement. They work in hospitals, clinics, research centers, forensic labs and many more places.

Clinical lab students using computers at Cox South hospital.

Get hands-on training

You can preview your career options while in school. During your senior year, you'll have a 12-month clinical rotation at one of four accredited, partner hospitals.

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Be ready for certification

Increase your job options and earning power with certification. For seven consecutive years, our students have had a 100% pass rate on the ASCP Board of Certification exam.

Students and instructor working on class experiment.

Tailor your degree

You can customize this major. Choose an emphasis area (microbiology, molecular diagnostics or management) that matches your goals and interests.

Degree options

Degree plan

Four-year

Review a sample plan that details your path to graduation.

Resources

Transfer

Ease your transfer process.

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Careers and outcomes

Explore your potential career paths

You can easily land a job and make a difference for clinics, hospitals and research labs.

Clinical sites and accreditation

In your senior year, you’ll complete a 12-month clinical program at a partner hospital.

The program director at your site supervises you.

These sites are all accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Science (NAACLS).

When you finish your clinical program and pass the national registration exam, you’ll become a certified clinical laboratory scientist (also known as a medical laboratory scientist).