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Medical Laboratory Science

The medical laboratory scientist uses analytical procedures and complex instruments to perform tests on blood, body fluids and tissues. Because the tests performed are so vital in medical treatment, the medical laboratory scientist must know not only how to perform these tests with scientific precision and accuracy, but must be well educated in the underlying scientific principles and clinical significance of the results.

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Background Information

Students interested in pursuing a medical laboratory science program should have an interest and aptitude in the sciences, particularly chemistry and biology. Laboratory work plays a vital role in the daily routine of the medical laboratory scientist and, while usually not having direct contact with patients, these individuals enjoy being a member of the health care team that provides the physician with information crucial to the diagnosis of the patient's medical problem. A medical laboratory scientist can expect to do some or all of the following:

  1. Perform and evaluate tests on blood, body fluids and tissues in hospital, private clinical and public health laboratories;
  2. Supervise laboratory personnel who work with medical laboratory scientists as part of a laboratory medical team;
  3. Conduct research and develop new tests and methodologies;
  4. Monitor quality to maintain test performance of the highest standard.

Career Opportunities

Certified medical laboratory scientists may readily find employment throughout the United States in hospitals, medical and diagnostic laboratories, and other healthcare services. According to the U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of clinical laboratory workers is expected to grow faster than average for all occupations through 2018. Mean annual earnings are $58,640 (www.bls.gov; National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates, May 2012).

The Program

North Dakota State University’s Bachelor of Science degree with a major in medical laboratory science includes three years of academic course work on campus followed by an 11 to 12 month full-time internship in an affiliated accredited school of medical laboratory science. Graduates are eligible to take a national certification exam offered by the American Society for Clinical Pathology Board of Certification. To remain certified, medical laboratory scientists must earn continuing education credits.

College academic work includes college algebra, biological sciences, chemistry and statistics, along with humanities and social sciences electives. The full-time internship consists of classroom and clinical “bench instruction” in clinical chemistry, hematology, immunohematology, microscopy/urinalysis, microbiology, serology, phlebotomy, education, management and research methods.

Internship Selective Admission

Admission to internship programs is selective. Criteria for admission are established by each hospital affiliate and generally include the student's cumulative and science grade point average (GPA), courses completed, related experience, references and an interview. In addition, students must comply with criminal background and student conduct requirements.

To assist students, NDSU maintains affiliation with six medical laboratory science programs. These include: Sanford Medical Center (Fargo, ND), Mercy Medical Center (Sioux City, IA), St. Luke’s College (Sioux City, IA), St. Luke's Hospital (Cedar Rapids, IA), Mercy College of Health Sciences (Des Moines, IA), and Colorado Center for Medical Laboratory Science (Denver, CO). All affiliated programs are accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Science.

It is highly recommended that students interested in this major meet with a medical laboratory science advisor for more information about internship admission at least one year prior to their anticipated internship application. Application occurs annually in the fall.

Sample Curriculum

General Education

Credits

________________________________________________________

First Year Experience

  Univ. 189 - Skills for Academic Success

1

Communication

  Comm. 110 - Fund of Public Speaking

3

  Engl. 110, 120 - College Composition I, II

3, 3

  English Upper Level Writing Course

3

Quantitative Reasoning

  Stat. 330 - Introduction to Statistics

3

Science & Technology

  Biol. 220, 220L - Human Anatomy and
   Physiology I and Lab


3, 1

  Chem. 121, 121L - General Chemistry I and Lab

3, 1

  CSci. 114 - Microcomputer Packages or
   CSci. 116 - Business Use of Computers


3, 4

Humanities & Fine Arts

6

Social and Behavioral Sciences

6

Wellness

2

Cultural Diversity

-

Global Perspective

-

Total

40

Major Requirements

Credits

________________________________________________________

Bioc. 460, 460L - Foundations of Biochemistry and
  Molecular Biology I and Lab


3, 1

Biol. 150, 150L - General Biology and Lab

3, 1

Biol. 221, 221L - Human Anatomy and Physiology II and Lab

3, 1

Chem. 122, 122L - General Chemistry II and Lab

3, 1

Chem. 341, 341L - Organic Chemistry I and Lab and
  Chem. 342 - Organic Chemistry II or
   Chem. 240 - Survey of Organic Chemistry and
    Bioc. 461 - Foundations of Biochemistry and
     Molecular Biology II





7

MLS 111 - Introduction to Medical Laboratory Science

1

MLS 435 - Hematology

2

MLS 496 - Internship

30

Math. 103 - College Algebra

3

Micr. 350, 350L - General Microbiology and Lab

3, 2

Micr. 463 - Clinical Parasitology

2

Micr. 460, 460L - Pathogenic Microbiology

3, 2

Micr. 470, 471 - Basic Immunology and Lab

3, 2

Zoo. 315, 315L - Genetics and Lab

3, 1

Total

79-81

CURRICULUM TOTAL

122

This sample curriculum is not intended to serve as a curriculum guide for current students, but rather an example of course offerings for prospective students. For the curriculum requirements in effect at the time of entrance into a program, consult with an academic advisor or with the Office of Registration and Records.

Sudro Hall
Room 118


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Contact Information

Department of Allied Sciences
North Dakota State University
Dept 2680, Po Box: 6050
Sudro Hall 118U
Fargo, ND 58108-6050

Tel: (701) 231-8713 / Fax: (701) 231-7606
Email: Kris.Errett@ndsu.edu
Web: www.ndsu.edu/alliedsciences/

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Dept 5230, PO Box 6050
Fargo, ND 58108-6050

Tel: (701) 231-8643 / Fax: (701) 231-8802
Email: NDSU.Admission@ndsu.edu
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