Bioclinical Science Certificate

The Certificate in Bioclinical Science (BCS) covers the essential course work for the first year of study in any health-related field. The required courses include foundational health topics such as human anatomy, physiology and microbiology. The program is also designed to help students applying for an Allied Health program complete prerequisites while pursuing a certificate. Since most Allied Health programs are selective admission, students awaiting acceptance are placed into the BCS Program so they can be degree-seeking for financial aid purposes. Students can graduate with both the BCS Certificate and an Allied Health degree. Those who intend to change programs or transfer to a four-year institution should check with their faculty advisor or the other school they will be attending to ensure they are taking the appropriate courses.

Program At a Glance

For those who want to:

Join an Allied Health program
Keep option to pursue a bachelor’s degree open
Strengthen their credentials to advance their careers

Program Snapshot

In-district Tuition: $3,390.00*
Out-of-district Tuition: $4,920.00*
Average Length: 1.8 Years
Credits: 30*
Graduation Retention Rate: 79%*

Possible Careers

Dental hygienist
Surgical technologist
Occupational therapy assistant

*Costs are estimates and are subject to change. Please visit the tuition and fees details page for precise details or call 417-447-7500. Degree time/credits vary with students' enrollment and course completion. Graduation retention varies by case. For program enrollment, retention, exam/certification, and employment rates visit Student Outcomes/Student Right-to-Know. Salary information is provided by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Some careers on this list may require additional education and training. For program-specific accreditation visit OTC Accreditation.

Degree Requirements

credit hours
Program Specific Courses
credit hours
General Education
credit hours
Institutional Elective

For the full program requirements, see curriculum. For the full list of courses, see the catalog.

Program Details

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Program Contact

Dr. Vivian Elder
Bioclinical Science Department Chair


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