Medical Lab Sciences

Become a medical detective

Working with pathologists, medical lab techs and other lab specialists, medical laboratory scientists are integral members of the health care team.

Majors

Medical Laboratory Sciences: Bachelor of Science

You'll complete a four year program, which consists of three years (a minimum of 88 hours) on campus and a 50-week, 40-hour clinical internship. This program will make you eligible for a national certification exam and leads to in-demand health care careers. (Minimum GPA 2.8)

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Four Year Program Guide

The Classroom & Beyond

  • Highly Certified

    The extensive training we provide prepares our students for careers as certified medical laboratory scientists. Our students have had a 100% passage rate on the National Board of Certification Exam since 2008.

  • Intensive Internship

    Our students participate in a clinical internship with an accredited affiliated hospital program. They get hands-on experience performing a wide variety of lab tests on body fluids and tissues, helping to determine the presence or absence of disease.

  • Interprofessional Training

    We offer annual interprofessional training to give students a better understanding of other health professional roles. They participate on an interprofessional health care team developing an integrated plan of care for role-played older adult patients facing multiple health issues.

After Graduation

The demand for medical laboratory scientists has traditionally been high, with opportunities in a wide variety of settings.

Potential Careers:

  • Hospitals
  • Clinics
  • Public and private labs
  • Education
  • Management
  • Quality control
  • Sales
  • Product development
  • Instrumentals

Recent Employers:

  • Avera Healthcare Systems
  • Mayo
  • Sanford Healthcare Systems
  • United Blood services in Rapid City

Alumni Outcomes

"USD tailored some of the 300 level science courses specifically for MLS students, such as the biochemistry and microbiology required classes." Lacey Lane, 2012 Medical Laboratory Science graduate