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Become a medical detective.

As an essential member of the health care team, you will act as the medical detective, investigating and determining the presence of a disease process, monitoring responses to therapy and aiding in health maintenance. Medical laboratory scientists perform, develop and evaluate a variety of laboratory tests, reviewing results for accuracy while correlating the findings to the patient’s clinical presentation. You will learn the latest technology, utilize problem-solving techniques and collaborate with other health care professionals to diagnose and treat patients.  

Due to increased need from an aging population and workforce shortages, medical laboratory science graduates are in high-demand nationwide. Employment opportunities reach beyond the traditional hospital and clinical settings into public health labs, molecular and genetics labs, research, industry, education and many others. 

USD has South Dakota's only MLS program that offers MLS-specific courses with a one-year internship at an accredited facility. Our students have the opportunity for global service-learning experiences and interprofessional experiences both locally and internationally. Students graduate from USD with a bachelor degree in MLS and a certificate in MLS from the accredited affiliate.

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