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Medical Laboratory Science
Center for Health Education
414 E. Clark St.
Vermillion, SD 57069
Office Hours
Monday - Friday
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.


College Dean

Welcome to the Department of Medical Laboratory Science

Medical laboratory scientists are integral members of the health care team. These experts perform, develop and evaluate complex laboratory tests to uncover information about patients' health. In collaboration with pathologists, medical lab techs and other lab specialists, medical laboratory scientists provide laboratory results that aid in the patient's diagnosis and help monitor their treatment.

At USD, our faculty bring real-world experience in the clinical laboratory setting to the classroom, serving as an invaluable resource to our students. Our students experience an enriching education in which they learn the latest technology, develop problem-solving techniques and grow their collaboration skills. Opportunities like our three-semester clinical internship connect classroom learning to practice, giving students real-world experience as medical detectives. We also equip our students with the essential collaboration skills they'll need to work effectively on health care teams. Together, our students and faculty pose questions, find answers and shape the future of health care.

Join our community of medical detectives, researchers and problem-solvers in the Department of Medical Laboratory Science.


Student Opportunities & Resources

Explore the variety of opportunities and resources available to medical laboratory science students.

Meet the Department

Get to know the faculty and staff in the Department of Medical Laboratory Science.
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Kari Potter

Chair, Med Lab Sciences/Instructor
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Johanna Gregoire

Program Assistant I


At USD, you'll find a high quality educational experience strengthened by our faculty's research and creative scholarship. See what makes our department exceptional.


Explore the departments, facilities and centers housed in the Department of Medical Laboratory Science.
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Medical Laboratory Science

Our department prepares students to act as medical detectives on health care teams. With state-of-the-art facilities, NAACLS-accredited clinical partners, hands-on learning opportunities and expert instruction, we provide students with the robust education they need to become certified medical laboratory scientists.

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Interprofessional Health Education Center

Learn to become an interprofessional team in real-world settings.

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Hands-on Learning

Our students gain the hands-on learning experiences they need to thrive as confident and practiced medical laboratory scientists. From collaborating with their peers in simulation labs to spending a year in a real-world learning environment, our students get a robust educational experience that sets them up for success.
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The Region's Leader in Health Care Education

USD is home to the only comprehensive health sciences school and medical school in the state. This advantage offers our students the unique opportunity to learn and train alongside peers in a variety of disciplines, equipping them with the collaborative experiences they need to be effective members of their future patients' care teams.


We are also proud to have strong relationships with the region's leading health care providers. These partnerships offer our students invaluable opportunities for developing professional connections, getting hands-on experiences and serving their communities early in their education.

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Personalized Support from Expert Faculty

The Department of Medical Laboratory Science offers a uniquely low student-to-faculty ratio. This allows us to really get to know our students, their interests and their goals. All of our classes are taught by faculty who are currently practicing MLS, so students can have confidence that they are learning from experts who bring real-world experience to the learning environment. Whether in the lab or the classroom setting, our students can turn to our expert faculty as they navigate their career options and find opportunities.

hear from a usd alum

Tori Jones smiling.
The program gave me so much—the opportunity to explore and have a choice in where I went post-grad, as well as the work ethic necessary for the job. The size of the program is great. I was able to be close with other students and build a great relationship with Kari. I still communicate with my instructors and my classmates. The program gave me foundation to keep learning in my field.

Tori Jones

B.S. Medical Laboratory Science '21