Clinical and diagnostic sciences

University of Missouri-Columbia
Master of health science
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Overview

The online master’s in clinical and diagnostic sciences is the first of its kind: A master’s degree designed for practicing clinicians in clinical/medical laboratory science, diagnostic medical ultrasound, nuclear medicine, radiography or respiratory therapy. With a blend of interprofessional classes and discipline-specific classes, the program prepares graduates for effective leadership in interprofessional workplace environments.

Students who pursue the online master’s in clinical and diagnostic sciences will choose from among paths that will prepare them to:

  • Teach courses for professional practice educational programs and bachelor’s degree advancement programs in clinical/medical laboratory science, diagnostic medical ultrasound, nuclear medicine, radiography or respiratory therapy;
  • Lead interprofessional teams of clinicians in the hospital/clinic setting;
  • Take on a nonclinical role in sales, marketing, or product or customer support.

Quick facts

Official name

Master of health science in clinical and diagnostic sciences

Campus

University of Missouri-Columbia

Program type

Master's degree

Academic home

College of Health Sciences | Department of Clinical and Diagnostic Sciences

Delivery mode

100% online

Accreditation

Higher Learning Commission

Credit hours

30

Estimated cost

$17,250.00

*This cost is for illustrative purposes only. Your hours and costs will differ, depending on your transfer hours, your course choices and your academic progress. See more about tuition and financial aid.

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Career prospects

Potential careers

  • Clinical educator
  • Team leader
  • Clinical or teaching professor
  • Clinical specialist
Burning Glass Technologies. 2021. Salary numbers and employment growth numbers are based on models that consider advertised job posting salary, Bureau of Labor Statistics data and other proprietary and public sources of information for multiple occupations.
16.38%
employment growth
Burning Glass Technologies. 2021. Salary numbers and employment growth numbers are based on models that consider advertised job posting salary, Bureau of Labor Statistics data and other proprietary and public sources of information for multiple occupations.
$70,000
median salary

Program structure

Delivery of this program is 100 percent online: no campus visits are required. Courses are semester-based. Students typically complete part-time study plans in two years.

The master’s in clinical and diagnostic sciences is a customizable interdisciplinary program that allows you to craft a degree that suits your specific educational needs and career goals.

Course work includes

  • Start with core clinical foundation courses designed to introduce students to graduate-level concepts;
  • Choose a leadership graduate certificate offered by the College of Health Sciences or by a partner MU school or college to achieve a high level of depth in an area of your interest;
  • Take electives to further your knowledge of your profession.

Delivery

100% online

Calendar system

Semester

Typical program length

2 years

See all online programs offered through the College of Health Sciences.

Accreditation

The University of Missouri is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, one of six regional institutional accreditors in the United States.

Faculty spotlight

Kathy Myers

Dr. Myers is the program director for the online MHS program, and a clinical professor in the College of Health Sciences. Her research interests include academic credentialing and oxygen therapy. Prior to becoming a professor, Dr. Myers was a registered respiratory therapist at Mercy Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri.

Kathy Myers, PhD, RCP, RRT, RRT-ACCS, FAARC
Program Director, Clinical Professor

Learn more about this program

This program is administered by the Department of Clinical and Diagnostic Sciences