Students must apply for acceptance into the Clinical Laboratory Science (CLS) Program. Once accepted, the professional program includes 43 credit hours of science classes taken over the course of one year (summer, fall, and spring semesters). Undergraduates apply during the first semester of their junior year, by Nov. 1.
The application process is competitive, and meeting minimum criteria does not guarantee admission. There are a limited number of clinical positions are available. A minimum 2.5 cumulative in addition to a math/science course G.P.A. are required to be considered for acceptance.
Prior to the beginning of the summer student lab, those admitted to the program will also be required to successfully complete the same background checks and screens routinely required of hospital employees, as well as provide comprehensive health and immunization records.
Applicants must be admitted to the University of Missouri before they can be accepted in the clinical CLS program. Non-MU international students, who apply for admission to the fourth year clinical program, will need to first be admitted through the MU Office of International Admissions. A Bachelor of Science degree (or its equivalent) is required to sit for the ASCP Board of Certification Exam, which taken upon completion of the clinical year.
Applicants go through an interview process in early January, and will be informed if they are accepted into the clinical program prior to the beginning of the spring semester.
Tuition Costs and Fees (nonrefundable, subject to change)
- Tuition and University of Missouri cost information can be found through MU Office of Cashiers http://cashiers.missouri.edu/costs/index.html.
- Application to the Clinical Laboratory Science Program: $40.00
- Transportation (cost varies)
- Parking associated with clinical placements (approx. $144/semester on MU campus, frequently $0 at other clinical sites) and for summer lab classes in Omaha, Nebraska (cost varies)
- On- or Off-campus housing associated with one, 13-week stay at the University of Nebraska Medical Center campus in Omaha, Nebraska for the mandatory summer student laboratory classes. Approx. $600/month or higher (less if sharing a space)
- Immunizations / health screenings
- Background checks
- Drug test
- Health Insurance
Students may be dismissed from the CLS program for failure to perform academic and/or clinical duties (http://registrar.missouri.edu/policies-procedures/dismissal.php).
The Test of English As a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
All applicants seeking admission to the Clinical Laboratory Science program must demonstrate the ability to read, write, speak and understand the English language. Applicants for whom English is not their native language may demonstrate proficiency by: 1) providing evidence of a bachelor’s or advanced degree from an accredited institution of higher education in the United States or from a university where English is the primary language of instruction, or 2) providing a Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of 600 (paper-based test), 250 (computer-based test) or 100 (internet-based test).
Early Admission to the CLS final clinical year of training
The CLS Program will grant conditional admission to the CLS clinical year of training for students who
- meet all academic requirements for the clinical program while maintaining at least a 3.40 in both cumulative GPA and core math/science classes GPA,
- successfully pass background checks and screens prior to the beginning of summer student lab, and
- successfully complete an interview process.
Students are expected to meet standards of professional behavior that are required of those working in clinical sites.
Early application may be made for participation in the clinical program at the beginning of the Spring semester of the sophomore year. Please contact Steven Starr for an application. Students should meet with the School of Health Professions Student Services Advisor (https://healthprofessions.missouri.edu/student-services/make-an-appointment/) to discuss qualifications prior to applying.
SHarP Scholar Application
The Clinical Laboratory Science Program offers a guaranteed admission option for high school seniors and first semester MU freshmen. Students selected as SHarP Scholars, who remain in good standing, are guaranteed a position in the Clinical Laboratory Science Program upon successful completion of the requirements for admission to the program.
- Rank in the top 10% of their high school class of the time of application
- Attain a minimum composite score of 30 on their ACT or 1330 on their SAT
- Make an appointment to meet with the program director to discuss your application
- Complete and return SHarP Scholar application materials by the due date
- Submit the provided Recommendation Forms as instructed
- Complete minimum required observation hours as instructed by the program
- Complete an interview if necessary
**Meeting the eligibility criteria does not guarantee acceptance as a SHarP Scholar
To apply, click each form to download the Word or PDF format (PDF documents should be opened using Adobe Reader and not PDF viewers):
- Submit the SHarP Scholar Application by carefully reading and following the included instructions
- Submit a Recommendation form to your Guidance Counselor or Principal
- Submit a Recommendation form to a Teacher or Professor who is familiar with your academic performance
- No observation hours are necessary for the Clinical Laboratory Science Program