School of Medical Laboratory Science - Joplin, MO

The medical laboratory scientist functions as a crucial member of the healthcare team. This laboratory professional performs tests which assist the physician in the detection, diagnosis and treatment of diseases. Our MLS program provides training in all areas of the medical laboratory – Blood Bank, Chemistry, Hematology, Immunology, and Microbiology.

Someone who wants to help people by being a medical detective behind the scenes will find the career very gratifying. The ideal candidate has a talent for the biological sciences and medicine. An individual who enjoys solving problems, performing accurate and reliable laboratory tests, interpreting data, correlating test results with potential diseases, managing detailed information, developing and evaluating new tests, and communicating with other members of the healthcare team would prove to be successful in the profession.

Mission Statement

The Mission of the School of Medical Lab Science, in keeping with the mission, values and vision of Mercy Hospital Joplin, is to provide the professional component of the MLS program in order to prepare qualified laboratory professionals to serve our community. The program strives to:

  • Meet the needs of the community by educating Medical Laboratory Scientists whose knowledge and skills enhance patient care.
  • Satisfy the needs of students and universities to complete their Medical Technology/Medical Laboratory Science education.
  • Stimulate the Mercy Hospital Laboratory staff to maintain the highest level of quality performance and continually update their knowledge and skills to remain current in the profession.


Mercy Hospital - Joplin’s School of Medical Lab Science will accept applications to and participation in the program from individuals without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, age, disability or status as a disabled veteran or veteran of the Vietnam era, except where such condition is a bona fide qualification.