Medical Laboratory Scientist Program


Truman Medical Center Medical Laboratory Scientist 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).

Truman Medical Centers Medical Laboratory Scientist Program, or MLS, runs 12 months starting in June with completion in May.

Seeking Accreditation, Spring 2020

National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS)
5600N. River Road, Suite 720
Rosemont, IL 60018-8880
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  • • 4+1 Program

  • • 3+1 Program

  • • Includes didactic lectures and clinical rotations in Chemistry, Hematology, Immunology, Blood Bank, Microbiology and Management.


  • 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


• Occupational Health assessment
• Financial consideration
• May qualify for Federal Aid
• Potential PRN positions within the laboratory

Criteria for withdraw and refund policy:

• $3,000 tuition, checks made out to TMC and mailed
• 50% refund within the first five days of the start of the program
• 0% refund if dismissed for behavioral reasons
• Will work with students on case-by-case basis

Application Process:

• Application deadline 3-31-20
• Application fee
• Application online and paper copy at schools
• 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
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Program Director
Nan West
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Mail payment to:

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

For detailed information, see the Student Handbook


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.

Why Truman Medical Centers?

Truman Medical Centers has all the things you expect from a great health system. With two acute care academic hospital locations, the largest, most comprehensive behavioral health program in the area, a long-term care facility and multiple primary care practices, TMC provides care from birth through your senior years. We are the primary teaching hospital for the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine, so our doctors are academic specialists who teach tomorrow’s doctors the very latest updates in their respective specialties.

TMC Health Sciences District in downtown KC is the busiest Level One Trauma Center in the city. We provide the full range of services with specialities in chronic disease management, high risk pregnancy and sleep disorders along with state-of-the-art Richard and Annette Bloch Cancer Center.


TMC is an academic medical center providing accessible, state-of-the-art quality healthcare to our community regardless of the ability to pay.


Leading the way to a healthy community.

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