Program Requirements

The Clinical Laboratory Sciences program is comprehensive and does not require a minor. A minimum of 95 hours and the capstone course must be completed before you may apply to one of the Clinical Laboratory Sciences clinical programs. You must complete the University general baccalaureate requirements as specified by the University in addition to the major requirements.

Major requirements:

  1. Specific General Education requirement: BIO 121(4) or BMS 110(3) and 111(1).
  2. BMS 231(4) or BIO 235(3) and 236(1); and BMS 307(4) and BMS 308(4); and BIO 312(3) and BIO 313(2) and BIO 511(3).
  3. CHM 160(4) and CHM 161(1); CHM 170(3) and CHM 171(1); and CHM 201(3) and 202(2), or CHM 342(3) and 345(2); BMS 321(4) or CHM 352(3) and CHM 353(2).
  4. Statistics course: BIO 550 or MTH 340 or PSY 200 or QBA 237 or SOC 302 or equivalent.
  5. Complete one of the following emphases:
    1. Microbiology Emphasis: BIO 520(3) and BMS 524(3).
    2. Molecular Diagnostics Emphasis: BMS 321(4) and BMS 521(4) and BMS 525(4). Note: BMS 321 may also count as one of the required science courses.
    3. Management Emphasis: MGT 286(3) and MGT 340(3).
  6. With advisor approval, choose at least one additional course from the following that is not taken in the required courses or emphasis: BMS 321(4) or BIO 520(3) or BMS 521(4) or BMS 524(3) or CHM 302(5) or CHM 352(3) and CHM 353(2) or MGT 286(3) or MGT 340(3).
  7. Clinical Course Requirements: MTC 401(10-12), 402(1-3), 403(4-6), 404(3-4), 405(7), 406(3-5), 407(2).
  8. Public Affairs Capstone Experience will be fulfilled by completion of any combination of the following courses equaling 3 total hours: BMS 300(1), BIO 300(1), CHM 300(1), BMS 400(2).

University level requirements:

  1. General Education Program and Requirements
  2. General Baccalaureate Degree Requirements

Admission into a clinical program

Completing the general education and required courses for completion of the major does not mean you have completed the Clinical Laboratory Sciences program. Acceptance into an NAACLS approved school of clinical laboratory sciences-medical technology program at one of the approved clinical partnership locations listed below is required. It is recommended that you have a GPA of 3.00 or above after completing the Clinical Laboratory Sciences (CLS) course work or you may have a difficult time getting accepted into a clinical program.

Approved clinical partnership locations include the following:

  • Cox Medical Center - Springfield, Mo.
  • Mercy Hospital - Joplin, Mo.
  • North Kansas City Hospital - Kansas City, Mo.

You may apply to one of the CLS approved clinical programs at the beginning of your third year in the Clinical Laboratory Sciences program at Missouri State. A letter from the Office of the Registrar which states that you have completed all courses besides those that will be taken in the clinical program is required to apply to these programs. An additional 30-39 upper division hours will count toward graduation after you have completed the clinical program. After you complete the clinical training portion of the program, you must pass a national registration exam to become a certified clinical laboratory scientist.