Clinical Laboratory Sciences

Students learning in lab

Program Description 

Rockhurst University is home to one of the highest-quality medical laboratory science programs in Missouri. We offer the Bachelor of Science degree in clinical laboratory sciences in cooperation with St. Luke’s Hospital and North Kansas City Hospital.

What is a medical laboratory scientist?

Formerly known as “medical technology,” clinical laboratory sciences are a field of study revolving around biology and chemistry, and land graduates in satisfying careers in laboratories across the country. Analyzing blood, urine, tissue, and body samples, students in a clinical laboratory scientist program play an essential part in the detection, diagnosis, and treatment of illness and disease. If you’re wondering how to become a medical laboratory scientist, or medical laboratory technician, a degree from Rockhurst is step #1.

Learning Outcomes 

  • Students who are seeking a baccalaureate degree in clinical laboratory sciences from Rockhurst University must complete 98 semester hours and all non-clinical degree requirements before beginning the professional component at a hospital site. This professional component lasts approximately one calendar year. Upon successful completion of the clinical laboratory sciences course work, the student is awarded a Bachelor of Science degree in clinical laboratory sciences.
  • Students may alternatively choose to complete a degree with a major in chemistry, biology, or other related area, including the specific required courses for clinical laboratory sciences admission, and then apply directly to one of the affiliated hospitals for admission to clinical laboratory sciences as a non-degree student.

Prospective Students 

Current Students 


  • Upper-level professional course work is taken at one of the affiliated hospitals.


  • Graduates of the program are eligible to challenge either of two nationally recognized certification examinations to become clinical laboratory scientists or medical technologists
  • Graduates of the clinical laboratory sciences program at Rockhurst can enjoy a career that is in rapidly-growing demand
  • Clinical laboratory sciences provide opportunity for rapid advancement within the field
  • A medical laboratory scientist salary averages between $55,000 and $61,000/ year