Medical Lab Science

The Medical Laboratory Science Program is a one-year certificate program which allows new students to prepare for a career in laboratory science. Upon successful completion of the program, graduates will be eligible to apply for admission to the nationally recognized certification exam administered by the American Society of Clinical Pathologists (ASCP).

Medical Laboratory Science Fact Sheet

Curriculum Schedule

Mission and Goals


The mission of Southeast Missouri Hospital College of Nursing and Health Sciences Medical Laboratory Science Program is to graduate students with entry-level employment skills to perform as medical laboratory scientists.


  • To graduate well-rounded students with a basic knowledge of laboratory principles in safety, information systems, education and management, instrumentation evaluation and selection, and communication skills required to converse with coworkers and patients
  • To graduate students with the cognitive knowledge to perform and interpret laboratory testing, and analyze and solve problems in all the competency areas of a laboratory generalist
  • To graduate students with psychomotor skills to perform laboratory analyses, operate, maintain, and troubleshoot laboratory instrumentation in all competency areas of a laboratory generalist
  • To graduate students with ethical practices which are committed to the highest standards of accuracy, quality, confidentiality, and care in the performance of laboratory analyses and are a credit to the profession of medical laboratory science
  • To graduate students who are successful in passing a national certifying exam

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the program, graduates are eligible to take a national certifying examination. The graduate may choose from several national examinations that credential Medical Laboratory Scientists.

Eligibility Requirements

The following eligibility requirements must be met before the Admission Committee will review the application file:

  • Clearance on various background checks
  • Completion of a bachelor degree or enrollment in a medical laboratory program at one of our affiliated schools
  • Minimum overall GPA of 2.50 on a 4.00 scale and a minimum science GPA of 2.50 in college-level courses
  • Completion of 18 semester hours of biology including Microbiology, Immunology, and Human Physiology
  • Completion of 18 semester hours of chemistry including Chemistry I, Chemistry II, and Organic Chemistry.

These are minimum admission criteria and do not guarantee admission to the program. Students are completely responsible for ensuring that they have met all criteria for admission. No applicant will be considered for admission until all eligibility criteria have been met and all eligibility paperwork is complete.

Program Effectiveness

Student Achievement Data

2016 2017 2018
Pass Rate 80% 88% 80%
Retention 100%


Employment Rate 100% 100% 100%

College Student Achievement Data


Admission Information

Tuition, Fees, and Financial Aid