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MLS Student Curriculum Guide

MLS Student Curriculum Guide.  Click here to see courses required for the BS, MLS.

Courses listed here fulfill requirements for a Bachelor of Science, major in Medical Laboratory Science, from North Dakota State University.  Courses included in the first three years must be completed prior to starting the professional class and clinical experience/internship (MLS 496) in a NAACLS accredited, affiliated hospital-based medical laboratory science program. Upon completion of all educational requirements, including the professional program/internship, NDSU bestows the baccalaureate degree and the graduate is eligible to take the national certification exam offered by the American Society for Clinical Pathology Board of Certification.

While every effort is made to provide accurate and current information, curriculum requirements tend to be updated annually. Students are subject to meeting the curriculum requirements in effect at the time of entrance into a major or program of study. It is strongly recommended that students interested in this major meet with the MLS advisor at least one year prior to their anticipated internship application.

MLS Sample Plan of Study

This is a sample; other variations are possible.  Students should meet with their advisor to plan their schedule and ensure that required courses are completed for internship application and graduation.

Medical Laboratory Science Sample1 Plan of Study


FIRST YEARFallSpringSummer
Engl 110, 120 - College Composition I, II43-
Math 103 - College Algebra 3 --
Biol 150, 150L - Gen Biology, Lab4--
CHP 190 - Critical Thinking & Academic Success2--
CSci 114 - Microcomputer Packages-3-
Comm 110 - Fundamentals of Public Speaking-3-
Chem 121, 121L - General Chemistry I, Lab I4--
Chem 122, 122L - General Chemistry II, Lab II-4-
*Chem 240 - Survey of Organic Chemistry OR Chem 341, 341L - Org Chem I, Lab3-4*--
Micr 350, 350L - Gen Microbiology, Lab5--
MLS 200 - Intro to Medical Lab Science1--
Biol 220, 220L - Human Anatomy/Physiology I, Lab4--
Biol 221, 221L - Human Anatomy/Physiology II, Lab-4-
*Chem 342 - Organic Chemistry II-0-3*-
Micr 460, 460L - Pathogenic Microbiology, Lab-5-
Stat 330 - Introductory Statistics-3-
**General Education/Electives33-
Biol 315, 315L - Genetics, Lab4--
Bioc 460,460L - Found/Biochem/Molecular Biology I, Lab4--
*Bioc 461 - Found/Biochem/Molecular Biology II, Lab-0-3*-
Micr 470, 471 - Immunology, Lab5--
Micr 463 - Clinical Parasitology-2-
MLS 435 - Hematology-2-
**General Education Requirements/Electives33-
300-400 English writing course-3-
MLS 496 - Field Experience/Internship212126

1 This is a sample plan of study.  Other variations are possible.  Students should meet with their advisor to plan schedules.

2Credits earned in an affiliated, NAACLS-accredited hospital program; one year in length, including one summer session.

*Students have the option to complete one full year of 300-level organic chemistry (Chem 341, 341L & 342) with one semester of 400-level biochemistry or one semester of survey organic chemistry (Chem 240) and one full year of 400-level biochemistry.

**General education requirements include six credits of approved Social/Behavioral Sciences and six credits of approved Humanities and Fine Arts.  Cultural Diversity and Global Perspective requirements may be combined with Social/Behavioral Science and Humanities/Fine Arts courses for no additional credits.

All courses must be completed prior to the start of the professional-level hospital internship.

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