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Medical Laboratory Science students working with vials and droppers.

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.


Medical Laboratory Science: Bachelor of Science

You'll complete a four year program, which consists of three years (a minimum of 82 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.

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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 percent 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

    USD MLS students have several opportunities to participate in interprofessional experiences throughout their curriculum. These range from interprofessional games, simulations including role-played patients or top-of-the-line, high-fidelity mannequins, international service-learning trips and more.

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
  • Instrumentation development

Recent Employers:

  • Avera Healthcare Systems
  • CHI Health Center in Omaha
  • Mayo
  • MercyOne
  • Sanford Healthcare Systems
  • United Blood services in Rapid City
  • UnityPoint Health

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