School of Medical Laboratory Science

This 46-week clinical program allows students to complete their college senior year of instruction at the North Kansas City Hospital Laboratory. The program acquaints students with instruments, procedures and clinical experiences found in a hospital laboratory. This program also teaches students about disease processes and how to correlate them with lab results. Students are evaluated based on their academic achievement, laboratory performance and professional behavior throughout the program year.

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School of Medical Laboratory Students and InstructorSchedule

The clinical program operates Monday through Friday with a typical day beginning at 7:30 a.m. and ending at 3:30 p.m. A detailed schedule is provided to the student at the start of the program year. Students spend most of their time at North Kansas City Hospital, but may also participate in enrichment activities at other laboratories in the Kansas City Metropolitan area.


Students are chosen for the program based on overall GPA, work experience, interview, academic preparation, science GPA and recommendations. Our School is affiliated with 12 colleges and universities. Each affiliated university determines the exact credit hours according to their policies and procedures.

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Upon program completion, students are eligible to take the national certification exam to become certified Medical Laboratory Scientists. The North Kansas City Hospital School of Medical Laboratory Science boasts a 98% pass rate on the ASCP (American Society for Clinical Pathology) Board of Certification exam. In the past 5 years, our Program had a 94% graduation rate/6% attrition rate for students who enter the final half of the program.

The career outlook for graduates of the MLS Program is outstanding. In the past 5 years, 100% of the NKCH MLS School’s graduates found employment in the Laboratory Science field. In fact, 97% of students who actively sought employment were hired prior to their graduation date.

How Do I Apply?

Complete the entire application and return to:

Marisa James
Program Director School of Medical Laboratory Science
North Kansas City Hospital
2800 Clay Edwards Drive
North Kansas City, MO 64116

There is a $25 application fee for students applying for the MLS Class of 2020. A check can be enclosed with your application.

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Program Accreditation

The North Kansas City Hospital School of Medical Laboratory Science is accredited through:

The National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS)
5600 N. River Rd. Suite 720
Rosemont, IL 60018-5119
Telephone: (773) 714-8880

Scholarship Providers

American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science(ASCLS) Education and Research Fund

Job Centers

The American Association of Clinical Chemists (AACC)

The American Medical Technologists (AMT)

American Society of Clinical Pathologists (ASCP)

Career Tools

If you are interested in becoming a laboratory professional, but would like more information, take a look at the career tools listed below.

Labs are Vital - A professional recruitment and support site underwritten by Abbott Diagnostics.

Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook

The American Society for Clinical Pathology informational website

A coalition of 17 professional organizations that provide press releases and offer nine recruiting tools for organizations and individual laboratory professionals.

Other Resources

  • Lab Tests Online - this website is a forum for anyone who has questions about lab results.
  • Patient Testimonial - a real life example of how medical laboratory intervention helped save a life.

Additional Information

For more information, call (816) 691-1321, email or write:

Marisa James, Program Director
School of Medical Laboratory Science
North Kansas City Hospital
2800 Clay Edwards Drive
North Kansas City, MO 64116

The following program policies and procedures are available from the program director upon request:

  • Program Mission
  • Program Philosophy
  • Program Goals and Graduate Competencies
  • Program Course Objectives
  • Program Course Descriptions
  • Program Outline of Training
  • Program Fees and Refund Policy
  • Program Educational Rights of Privacy Policy
  • Program Student Employment or Service work Policy
  • Program Dress Code Policy
  • Program Attendance Policy
  • Program Ethics Policy
  • Program Guidance and counseling Policy
  • Program Final Grades Policy
  • Program Graduation Requirements Policy
  • Program Progressive Discipline Policy
  • Program Remediation, Probation and Dismissal Policies
  • Program Contingency (teach out) plan
  • Program Grievance Policy
  • Program Emergency Medical Care Policy
  • Program Technology, Computer, and Cellular Phone Usage Policy
  • Program Retention of Student Records Policy
  • Program Lecture Schedule/Calendar
  • Program Clinical Schedule/Calendar

The NKCH Difference

Clinical programs vary by size, scope structure and learning experiences. Click to see what sets us apart.

Clinical Laboratory Science

50th Anniversary

The School celebrated it's 50th Anniversary in 2018. Watch the commemorative video.

Lab School 50th anniversary video

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