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University Health Truman Medical Center Medical Laboratory Science Program

Our program

University Health Truman Medical Center Medical Laboratory Science Program offers small class size, student to instructor ratio of 4:1, and one-on-one clinical bench rotations. The Medical Laboratory Scientist field is experiencing a critical shortage: 12,000 new Medical Laboratory Scientists are needed each year, yet there are only 5,000 graduates each year. This means the Medical Laboratory Scientist field offers excellent employment opportunities and job security. Physicians base more than 70% of all decisions on laboratory testing (*see ASCLS article).

University Health Truman Medical Center Medical Laboratory Science Program runs 11 months starting in June with completion in May.

Accredited by NAACLS:

National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS)
5600N. River Road, Suite 720
Rosemont, IL 60018-8880
773.714.8880 |


  • 4+1 Program
  • 3+1 Program
  • Includes didactic lectures and clinical rotations in chemistry, hematology, immunology, blood bank, microbiology and management.

Program Outcomes

Upon completion of the MLS Program, UH/TMC Medical Laboratory Science graduates will be able to:

  1. Use Practical skills to perform competency-based laboratory testing.
  2. Implement the skills required to problem-solve and troubleshoot as they relate to laboratory testing.
  3. Interpret laboratory test results using critical thinking skills.
  4. Evaluate laboratory test results using statistics.
  5. Develop effective, accurate, and timely verbal and electronic communication skills to provide laboratory testing information to healthcare staff, patients, and their families.
  6. Employ laboratory-focused administrative skills related to quality, fiscal management, and regulatory adherence.
  7. Demonstrate a commitment to professional ethics, attitudes, safety practices and professional development.

For 2021 and 2022:
100% pass rate for the ASCP MLS Board of Certification Exam
100% graduation rate
100% job placement rate as an MLS

Program goals

Developing scientists competent in accessing and applying medical laboratory data
Instilling a strong sense of integrity and professionalism
Promoting critical thinking skills with a desire to continue to seek knowledge and perfect technical skills
Increasing awareness of the ever changing Healthcare landscape and the importance of essential hospitals to the uninsured
To educate professional laboratory scientists to provide excellent clinical services in order to enhance the quality of healthcare in our facilities and surrounding community.


Admission Requirements:

  • Cumulative GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale
  • Bachelor’s Degree, must include 16 hours of Biological Sciences and 16 hours of Chemistry credits

Required course work:

  • Microbiology
  • Genetics
  • Immunology
  • Organic Chemistry
  • College Algebra or Statistics

Essential functions:

  • Must be able to communicate
  • Read and write in English
  • Manual Dexterity
  • Pass vision and color blindness test

Cognitive skills:

  • Excellent memory
  • Problem solving skills
  • Analytical ability
  • Computer and mechanical skills
  • React well in stressful situations


  • Application Fee -- $25, non-refundable
  • $700 books (if purchased new)
  • Miscellaneous fees


  • Eligible for Health Care Insurance
  • Potential PRN positions within the laboratory

Criteria for withdraw and refund policy:

  • 50% tuition refund for withdrawal within the first five days of the start of the program
  • 0% refund if dismissed for behavioral reasons

Application process:

  • Application deadline November 1
  • Application fee of $25, check submitted by mail (see instructions below)
  • Application online
  • Three references: preferably 2 academic and one employer
  • Official Transcripts
  • Essential Functions Acknowledgement Form
  • Signed Student Waiver of Rights Form


  • Successful completion of the program
  • Certificate allows MLS student to sit for a National Board of Registry for the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP)
  • Graduation is not contingent upon passing the board exam


Program Coordinator
Mary Tiano

Program Director
Nan West

How to submit payment

Checks or money orders should be payable to UHTMC Medical Laboratory Science Program

Mail payment to:

University Health
Attn: University Health Truman Medical Center Medical Laboratory Science Program
2301 Holmes St.
Kansas City, MO. 64108

For detailed information, see the Student Handbook

Additional forms

Applicant Recommendation Form (3 recommendations are required.)

Student Waiver of Rights PDF

Step 1 of 2: Apply online

Please complete the Online Application below and we will send you the Recommendation Form (2) and Student Waiver of Rights to be completed and attached in Step 2.

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