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Northwest Missouri State University

Clinical Laboratory Science Major

Clinical Laboratory Science

The Northwest Difference

Clinical laboratory science is the study of medical samples during the diagnosis and treatment of diseases. Northwest’s unique 3+1 program provides students with pre-requisite courses in general education, math, chemistry and biology for three years; during the program’s fourth year, students attend one of three affiliated hospitals: St. Luke’s Hospital in Kansas City, North Kansas City Hospital or Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines, Iowa, for a year of hands-on clinical training.

While at Northwest, students learn human biology and organic, analytical and bio-chemistry. Human biology courses teach students the methods in which a normal, healthy body functions; organic analytical teaches students how to identify and quantify the substances found in a sameple; bio-chemistry teaches students the fundamental pmolecules and pathways of the body.

This major prepares students to successfully pass the required medical laboratory science certification. 

Career Opportunities

placement rate

100% of students graduating with a clinical laboratory science major either find employment or continue their education within six months of graduation. Below is a list of job titles related to this major:

  • Clinical Research Assistant
  • Medical Laboratory Specialist
  • Medical Technologist
  • Pharmaceutical Sales

*Based on self-reported data.

Profession-Based Learning Experiences

Hubbard Center

Northwest’s award-winning Dean L. Hubbard Center for Innovation features more than $3 million invested in state-of-the-art instruments that undergraduate students may access to gain profession-based experience. 

Garrett-Strong Science Building offers 26 labs where students gain profession-based experience on campus. The building is the home to the synthetic cadaver, aquarium, two museums and living animals that include a hedgehog, rats, iguanas and others kept in labs.

The Northwest Difference

The Northwest Difference

Founded in 1905, Northwest is a traditional campus with more than 7,200 undergraduate and graduate students. Located in the middle of everywhere, Maryville is two hours from Omaha, Nebraska and Kansas City, Missouri and
2 ½ hours from Des Moines, Iowa.