Medical Laboratory Sciences

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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 medical 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,” medical laboratory sciences are a field of study revolving around biology and chemistry, and land graduates in satisfying careers in laboratories across Missouri and the U.S. Analyzing blood, urine, tissue and body samples, students in a medical 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 the first step.

Learning Outcomes 

  • Students who are seeking a baccalaureate degree in medical 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 medical laboratory sciences courses, the student is awarded a Bachelor of Science degree in medical laboratory sciences.
  • Students may alternatively choose to complete a degree with a major in chemistry, biology or another related area, including the specific required courses for medical laboratory sciences admission, and then apply directly to one of the affiliated hospitals for admission to medical laboratory sciences as a non-degree student.

Prospective Students 

Current Students 


  • Upper-level professional courses are taken at one of the affiliated hospitals.


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