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The medical laboratory science degree prepares you for laboratory analyses to diagnose and treat disease. Laboratory analyses are performed on blood, body fluids and tissue. Physicians use these laboratory results to determine the presence, extent and cause of disease in their patients. The role of the medical laboratory scientist is critical since the analyses must be performed quickly and reliably.

The medical laboratory science program at Southeast is a 3+1 program meaning that the student takes a three-year pre-clinical program at Southeast, which is followed by one year of clinical work at one of our clinical affiliates.

What You'll Do

  • Develop lab skills in chemistry, biology, and math in the context of a broad university education.
  • Complete one year of clinical study at a clinical program that holds accreditation status from The National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS).
  • Be eligible for national certification as a medical laboratory scientist upon completion of the B.S. degree.

Outcomes & Careers

  • 100%

    Successful Outcomes Rate

    Students graduating with degrees from the Department of Chemistry and Physics report being employed or furthering their education six months after graduation.

  • $56k

    Clinical Laboratory Technician

    According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the mean annual salary for a clinical laboratory technician is $55,990.

  • $101k

    Medical Scientists

    According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the mean annual salary for a medical scientist is $100,780.

  • $31k

    Veterinary Laboratory Assistant

    According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the mean annual salary for a veterinary assistant laboratory animal caretaker is $30,980.

Get Funding for Your Education

Missouri’s opened the door to a more educated workforce. We want to help you walk through it. If you’re an adult learner and a Missouri resident returning to college, learn about the Fast Track Workforce Incentive Grant. It’s a statewide financial aid program that can be used to pursue a certificate, degree or industry-recognized credential in a high need area in Missouri. This major is eligible for the Fast Track grant.

What You'll Study

As a medical laboratory science major, you’ll gain a rigorous foundation in biology, chemistry, science and math. You’ll complete a minimum of 120 credit hours to complete this degree, including the general education requirements and at least 39 senior division hours. 

Critical Courses are italicized and bolded. Data shows that students who have completed this course in the first two years and have earned the noted grade are most likely to complete this program of study.

Medical Laboratory Science (BS)

Required Courses:

  • BI173 Cell & Organismal Biology (4)
  • BI283 Genetics (4)
  • BI310 General Microbiology (4)
  • BI442 Immunology (4)
  • BI543 Pathogenic Microbiology (4)
  • CH184 General Chemistry I Lab (1)
  • CH185 General Chemistry I (3)
  • CH186 General Chemistry II (3)
  • CH187 General Chemistry II Lab (1)
  • CH271 Foundations of Analytical Chemistry (5)
  • CH340 Essentials of Organic Chemistry (5)
  • CH531/UI331 Foundations of Biochemistry (3)
  • MA116 Precalculus A (3)
  • MA223 Elementary Probability and Statistics (3)

Choose One Course:

  • BS 332 Human Physiology (3)
  • ZO331 Animal Physiology (3)

Clinical Year Program - 30 hours required - off campus

  • MT300 Clinical Chemistry (8-10)
  • MT301 Clinical Microscopy (1-2)
  • MT302 Hematology and Coagulation (6-8)
  • MT303 Serology Immunology (2-4)
  • MT304 Clinical Microbiology (7-9)
  • MT305 Blood Bank Immunohematology (3-4)
  • MT306 Special Topics in Medical Technology (1-4)

Some requirements may be fulfilled by coursework in major program.

  • Social and Behavioral Sciences – 6 hours
  • Constitution Requirement – 3 hours
  • Written Communication – 6 hours
  • Oral Communication – 3 hours
  • Natural Sciences – 7 hours (from two disciplines, one to include a lab)
  • Mathematics – 3 hours
  • Humanities & Fine Arts – 9 hours (from at least two disciplines)
  • Additional requirements – 5 hours (to include UI100 for native students)
  • Civics examination

Freshman Year    

Fall Semester (14 Hours)     
  • UI100 (1) 
  • EN100 (3) 
  • CH184/CH185 (4) 
  • MA116 (3) 
  • General Education (3) 
Spring Semester (14 Hours)     
  • BI173/073 (4)
  • CH186 (3)
  • CH187 (1)
  • General Education (3)
  • General Education (3)

Milestone: Maintain 2.0 cumulative GPA

Sophomore Year    

Fall Semester (17 Hours)  
  • BI283 (4) 
  • BS332 or ZO331 (3)
  • CH271/071 (5)
  • CH340/040 (5)
Spring Semester (16 Hours)    
  • BI310 (4)
  •  
  • General Education (3)
  • General Education (3)
  • General Education (3)
  • General Education (3)

Milestone: Maintain 2.0 cumulative GPA

Junior Year    

Fall Semester (16 Hours)    

  • BI442/042 (4)
  • MA223 (3)
  • UI331 or CH531 (3)
  • General Education (3)
  • General Education (3)

Spring Semester (13 Hours)     

  • BI543 (4)
  • General Education (4)
  •  
  • Elective (3)
  • Elective (2)

Milestone: maintain 2.0 cumulative GPA

Senior Year    

Fall Semester (15 Hours)     

  • Clinical Year Program

Spring Semester (15 Hours)  

  • Clinical Year Program

Milestone: maintain 2.0 cumulative GPA

A “Milestone” signifies a significant stage for a student in the completion of a degree.

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Getting the Job

Your education is just one piece to launching an extraordinary career. Once you’ve mastered the material, you still have to find the job you want, make the right connections, sell your knowledge and experience—and if all this is giving you anxiety, don’t panic. SEMO’s Career Services office is here to help you with the next step. They’ll provide the expertise and support you need, so you’re landing your dream job in no time.

Student

"I study Medical Laboratory Science, and SEMO did a great job preparing me for my clinical rotations, which I am currently undertaking at Mercy St. Louis. As a student, I have already had many job offers, and I do feel like SEMO was one of my keys to a successful future."

Chase Groshong

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Clinical Affiliates

The National Accreditation Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS) requires that clinical programs must only accept students from colleges and universities with which they have a formal affiliation agreement. Any deviation to this policy must entail exceptional circumstances.  Affiliation with a clinical program is not a guarantee of admission for a Southeast Missouri State student since most clinical programs are affiliated with a number of colleges or universities.  Entrance to the programs is competitive and the clinical programs cannot guarantee that a student or a specific number of students will be accepted each year from a particular affiliated college or university.

Program Information

Cox Health
3801 S. National Avenue
Springfield, MO 65807
Phone: (417) 269-6633
Email: Gisele.Bauman@coxhealth.com
https://www.coxhealth.com/education/school-medical-technology/

Medical Director: David M. Smid, M.D.
Program Director: Gisele Bauman, M.T. (ASCP), M.H.A.

Student Capacity

12 students per year

  • Class beginning in January - six students
  • Class beginning in June - six students

Minimum GPA for Acceptance

  • 2.50/4.00 overall
  • 4.00 in Science

Staff members at Cox Medical Center are responsible for transcript evaluation.

Tuition and Scholarships

Tuition is $3,000 per year. There is not a retainer fee at this time. There are no incidental expenses.

Scholarships are available, based on academic performance.

Application Dates

  • January Class: August 15
  • June Class: November 15

Credit Hours Granted

  • 32 semester hours

Program Information

North Kansas City Hospital
2800 Clay Edwards Drive
North Kansas City, MO 64116-3281
Phone: (816) 691-1321
Email: marisa.james@nkch.org

www.nkch.org/labschool

Medical Director: Melissa Jacobs, M.D.
Program Director: Marisa K. James, MA, MLS (ASCP) CM

Student Capacity

Eight students per year with the class beginning in May.

Minimum GPA for Acceptance

  • 2.70/4.00 overall
  • 2.50/4.00 in Science

Staff members at North Kansas City Hospital are responsible for transcript evaluation.

Tuition and Scholarships

Tuition is $3,000 per year. Books and reagents cost $800.

Scholarships are available, based on academic performance.

Application Dates

Interviews for the program begin in July. Applicants are typically chosen in October.

Credit Hours Granted

  • 30 semester hours

Program Information

Owensboro Health Regional Hospital
Medical Laboratory Science Program
1201 Pleasant Valley Road
Owensboro, KY 42303
Phone: (270) 688-2934
Email: lisa.cecil@owensborohealth.org

https://www.owensborohealth.org/services/laboratory-services/medical-laboratory-science-program

Medical Director: Brian E. Ward, M.D.
Program Director: Lisa Cecil, M.T. (ASCP) M.S.

Student Capacity

Six students per year with the class beginning in July.

Minimum GPA for Acceptance

  • 2.50/4.00 overall
  • 2.50/4.00 in Science

Staff members at Owensboro Health Regional Hospital are responsible for transcript evaluation.

Tuition and Scholarships

Tuition is $1,500 per year. Books cost approximately $800.

No stipends or scholarships are offered.

Application Dates

The application deadline is December 15. Upon receipt of a completed application, a transcript, and reference letters, all qualified applicants will be called for a personal interview, which is required.

Credit Hours Granted

  • 30 semester hours

Program Information

Mercy Hospital St. Louis
School of Clinical Laboratory Science
615 South Ballas Road
St. Louis, MO 63141
Phone: (314) 251-6855
Fax: (314) 251-4580
Email: Terry.Taff@mercy.net

https://www.mercy.net/healthcare-education/career/scls/

Medical Director: Dr. Grace Lee, M.D.
Program Director: Terry Taff, M.A., M.T. (ASCP) SM

Student Capacity

Eight students per year with the class beginning in June.

Minimum GPA for Acceptance

  • 2.50/4.00 overall
  • 2.75/4.00 in Science
  • 2.50/4.00 in Mathematics

Staff members at Mercy Hospital St. Louis are responsible for transcript evaluation.

Tuition and Scholarships

Tuition is $5,800 per year. Textbooks and references are purchased by the program and loaned to the student for a fee of $200.  The student will also be required to purchase and maintain professional liability insurance during the program year along with evidence of healthcare coverage. If the student does not have healthcare coverage, they must sign a release of liability for health care costs.

There are several scholarships available to Southeast Students:

  • Vincent Palermo Full Tuition Scholarship
  • St. Louis Pathologists’ Association Scholarship

The program director may be able to help identify additional alternate sources of assistance such as scholarships, scholar loans, and loan repayments plans.

Application Dates

The application deadline is November 30. There is a $200 acceptance fee.

Credit Hours Granted

  • 36 semester hours

Program Information

School of Medical Laboratory Science
Mercy Hospital Joplin
100 Mercy Way
Joplin, MO 64804
Phone: (417) 556-2135
Email: karen.adkins@mercy.net

https://www.mercy.net/healthcare-education/career/mls-school-joplin-mo/

Medical Director: Susan Pintado, M.D.
Program Director: Karen Adkins, MA Ed., M.T. (ASCP)

Student Capacity

Eight students per year.

  • Class beginning in January: four students
  • Class beginning in July: four students

Minimum GPA for Acceptance

  • 2.50/4.00 overall
  • 2.50/4.00 in Science

Staff members at Mercy Hospital Joplin are responsible for transcript evaluation.

Tuition and Scholarships

Tuition is $3,600 per year. There is a $600 lab fee due one week before the program start date. The student will also be required to purchase and maintain professional liability insurance during the program year along with evidence of healthcare coverage. If the student does not have healthcare coverage, they must sign a release of liability for health care costs.

The program director may be able to help identify alternate sources of assistance such as scholarships, scholar loans and loan repayments plans.

Application Dates

The application deadline for the January class is August 1. The application for the July class is November 1.

Credit Hours Granted

  • 32 semester hours

Program Information

College of Nursing & Health Sciences
SoutheastHEALTH
2001 William Street
Cape Girardeau, MO 63703
Phone: (573) 334-6825 ext. 2222
Email: sschloss@sehcollege.edu

https://www.sehcollege.edu/

Medical Director: George Wettach, M.D.
Program Director: Sheryl K. Schloss MA, MLS (ASCP)CM

Student Capacity

Eight students per year with the class beginning in June.

Minimum GPA for Acceptance

  • 2.50/4.00 overall
  • 2.50/4.00 in Science

Staff members at the College of Nursing and Health Sciences are responsible for transcript evaluation.

Tuition and Scholarships

Tuition is $18,151 per year. Books will cost about $885 per year.

There are several scholarships available to Southeast Students:

  • Dorothy Kies Penzel Scholarship: $1,000 awarded to a medical technology student
  • O.D. Niswonger Scholarship: $1,000 awarded to a Southeast employee
  • Auxillary Scholarship: $500, 4 awards to healthcare students

Application Dates

All application materials are due by 5 p.m. on the Monday four weeks prior to the start of the program or semester students wish to begin taking courses. Applications that are not complete by this deadline will be rolled over to the next program start date or semester.

Applications for admission are accepted on a continuous basis throughout the year. Students are assigned the next available seat in the requested program during the admission process. Some programs may be admitting one to two years into the future, so applying early is recommended.

Credit Hours Granted

  • 37 semester hours

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Location
Office
Rhodes Hall 306
Mailing Address

Department of Chemistry and Physics
One University Plaza, MS 6400
Cape Girardeau, MO 63701