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USD Medical Laboratory Sciences Chair Recognized

Kay Rasmussen Kay Rasmussen

Kay Rasmussen, M.S., MLS (ASCP) CM, chair and professor of the Medical Laboratory Sciences department at the University of South Dakota’s School of Health Sciences, has been named by the publication as one of 20 individuals from across the United States who are playing critical roles in advancing training related to medical laboratory science.

The editors identified Rasmussen because she teaches hematology and microbiology at the university, pursues research in transfusion medicine and higher education methodology, and because she is active in state-level activities in the profession. Rasmussen was also named to the national list because she has been recognized numerous times in recent years by her state peers for contributions to teaching and public service.

Rasmussen has served as chair of the University of South Dakota’s Department of Medical Laboratory Science since 2004.


Founded in 1862 and the first university in the Dakotas, the University of South Dakota is the only public liberal arts university in the state, with 202 undergraduate and 84 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, Knudson School of Law, Sanford School of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, Beacom School of Business and College of Fine Arts. With an enrollment of nearly 10,000 students and more than 400 faculty, USD has a 16:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 18 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.

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Hanna DeLange
USD News