Clinical Laboratory Scientists are trained in the theoretical and practical aspects of clinical laboratory medicine – chemistry, hematology, microbiology, immunology, molecular pathology, and blood banking. There is a critical national shortage of trained Clinical Laboratory Scientists (63% of labs are having difficulty in hiring staff-level CLS positions) and there will be a continuing need in years to come (25% of the current CLS workforce will retire in next 10 years).
The University of Missouri offers a Bachelor of Health Science (BHS) degree in Clinical Laboratory Science (CLS) with an emphasis in Medical Laboratory Science. The MUCLS Program partners with the NAACLS accredited CLS Program of the University of Nebraska Medical Center. Students begin with 11 weeks of student lab in Omaha, Nebraska, followed by 9 months of clinical training in Columbia, Missouri. This prepares them to take national certification examinations as Medical Laboratory Scientists.
To become ASCP certified in Medical Laboratory Science - MLS(ASCP):
Graduates of the University of Missouri Clinical Laboratory Science Program qualify to take a national exam administered by the Board of Certification (BOC), the separate, certifying body within the organizational structure of the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP). ASCP Certification has been the industry standard for laboratory professionals since 1928. After passing the certifying examinations in medical technology program graduates may use the initials -- MLS(ASCP) -- after their name to verify that they are proficient in their field.
Additional information is available by contacting:
ASCP Board of Certification
Phone: 312.738.1336, ext. 1344