MEDICAL LABORATORY SCIENCE
A baccalaureate degree, major in Medical Laboratory Science (MLS), includes three years of academic coursework on campus and a 12-month internship within one of NDSU's seven affiliated hospital programs. All affiliated programs are accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Science (NAACLS). Upon completion of the internship, students are eligible to complete a national certifying exam to earn the MLS credential. Completion of all general education and major requirements leads to a Bachelor of Science degree, major in Medical Laboratory Science, from NDSU.
The bachelor of science degree, major in MLS at NDSU, dates back to the 1960s when the program was offered through the School of Arts and Sciences, which is today's College of Science and Mathematics. The program's structure was similar to what it is today with general education and science courses completed during the first three years on campus, followed by a year of "specialized training" within a professional school of Medical Technology, the MLS professional title at that time.
In 1996, the Medical Technology program title at NDSU was changed to Clinical Laboratory Science to better reflect the comprehensive nature of the laboratory professional's role. In January 2006, the Clinical Laboratory Science program was transferred from the College of Science and Mathematics, along with respiratory care and radiologic sciences, to the College of Pharmacy to officially become the new Department of Allied Sciences. In May 2006, the College changed its name to the College of Pharmacy, Nursing, and Allied Sciences to recognize the various healthcare disciplines under its management.
In October 2009, two national certifying agencies for laboratory professionals merged resulting in the award of a single credential, MLS. Like many programs across the country, program titles have been changed to Medical Laboratory Science. This name change at NDSU received final approval by the ND State Board of Higher Education on June 1, 2011.
The Department of Allied Sciences' offices are located in Sudro Hall 118U (Program Assistant, Kris Errett), 118T (Academic Advisor, Angeline Walswick) and 118S (Director, Polly Olson).