School of Medical Laboratory Science Program Description

Saint Luke’s School of Medical Laboratory Science offers students an individualized, comprehensive education that combines theoretical knowledge with hands-on technical procedures to prepare students for successful careers.

As a Medical Laboratory Science student, you’ll be trained only in Saint Luke’s Health System laboratories, which allows us to closely monitor and control the quality of your education. In addition, our regional reference laboratory will expose you to a range of laboratory testing that is unmatched in the area.

Rotations also include three weeks of molecular diagnostics instruction in our Roche Molecular Center of Excellence laboratory, the only one in Kansas and Missouri.

Clinical Courses

  • Clinical Microbiology (Six credit hours) 
    Isolation and identification of microorganisms, including bacteria, viruses, rickettsiae, parasites, and fungi that cause disease; clinical interpretation of tests and correlation of results with patient condition.
  • Clinical Chemistry (Six credit hours)
    Quantitation of biochemicals correlating to patient condition; analytical techniques; manual test procedures; operation, troubleshooting and validation of results from sophisticated instrumentation using computer hardware and software.
  • Clinical Hematology (Six credit hours)
    Study of blood and blood cell abnormalities, with correlation of instrument and microscope findings to patient conditions; evaluation of blood clotting and coagulation mechanisms, including the monitoring of anticoagulant therapy; chemical analysis and identification of cells or formed elements in bone marrow, spinal fluid, urine, and other fluids.
  • Immunohematology and Blood Banking (Four credit hours)
    Analysis of the relationships between donor blood components and blood recipients; introduction to all red blood cell antigen systems; antigen and antibody detection; prevention of transfusion incompatibilities; assessment of patient transfusion-related occurrences.
  • Clinical Immunology, Immunochemistry, Flow Cytometry, Molecular Diagnostics (Four credit hours)
    Immunofluorescence, enzyme immunoassay, molecular diagnostics, flow cytometry, radioimmunoassay and other immunochemistry, using sophisticated instrumentation with current computer hardware and software.
  • Medical Laboratory Science Topics I (Two credit hours)
    Clinical workshops on a variety of topics including: general laboratory skills, research and development, phlebotomy, parasitology, and mycology.
  • Medical Laboratory Science Topics II (Two credit hours)
    Professional seminars, guest lectures, and planned visits with other health professionals; topics include clinical case studies, medical ethics issues, hospital and laboratory management, laboratory information systems, communication, education and career entry and options.

Course culminates in a professional topics journal with articles chosen, researched, written, and produced by students.

Medical Laboratory Science rotations include:

  • Chemistry
  • Hematology
  • Microbiology
  • Transfusion medicine
  • Immunology
  • Molecular diagnostic testing

Specialty testing areas include:

  • Flow cytometry
  • Specialized coagulation
  • Mycology
  • Parasitology
  • Mycobacteriology
  • Phlebotomy

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