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Medical Laboratory Science

Medical laboratory scientists use analytical procedures and complex instruments to perform tests on blood and body fluids that assist physicians in patient diagnosis and treatment, disease monitoring and prevention. Because the tests performed are so vital in medical treatment, the medical laboratory scientist must know how to perform these tests with scientific precision and accuracy, but also be well educated in the underlying scientific principles and clinical significance of the results.

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Background Information

Students interested in pursuing medical laboratory science 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 vital member of the health care team. Clinical chemistry, hematology, microbiology, urinalysis, immunohematology and immunology are the principle areas of practice in the laboratory. Besides laboratory testing, a medical laboratory scientist may also monitor test quality, supervise personnel, conduct research and develop new tests and methodologies.

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 2026. Median annual wage for medical laboratory scientists/technologists was $61,070 in May 2016 (www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/medical-and-clinicallaboratorytechnologists-and-technicians.htm).

The Program

North Dakota State University’s Bachelor of Science degree, major in medical laboratory science, includes three years of academic course work on campus followed by an 11 to 12 month full-time professional-level internship in an affiliated accredited hospital 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. NDSU graduates have enjoyed excellent pass rates on the ASCP BOC exam. To remain certified, medical laboratory scientists must earn continuing education credits.

College academic work includes college algebra, biological sciences, chemistry and statistics, along with general education courses. Transfer students need to successfully complete a minimum of 20 resident credits at NDSU prior to beginning an internship. 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.

In order to participate in a medical laboratory science educational program, students must be able to comply with program-designated essential functions, or request reasonable accommodations to meet these essential functions. Requirements include a sound intellect, good motor skills, eye-hand coordination and dexterity, effective communication skills, visual acuity to perform macroscopic and microscopic analyses, or read procedures and graphs, and behavioral skills such as organization, time management and good judgment, even in emergency situations.

Internship Selective Admission

Admission to internship programs is selective. Criteria for admission are established by each hospital program 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 seven medical laboratory science programs. These include: Sanford Medical Center (Fargo, ND), Mercy Medical Center (Sioux City, IA), Nebraska Methodist University (Omaha, NE), 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 (Aurora, 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 to discuss degree and major requirements, internship admission, and create an individualized plan of study at least one year prior to their anticipated internship application. Application occurs annually in the fall.

Medical Laboratory Science Plan of Study

Please note this is a sample plan of study; actual student schedules will vary depending on start year, individual goals, applicable transfer credit, and course availability. Students are encouraged to work with their academic advisor on a regular basis to review degree progress and customize their own plan of study.

First Year

Fall

Credits

Spring

Credits

BIOL 150 General Biology I

3

CHEM 122 General Chemistry II

3

BIOL 150L General Biology I Laboratory

1

CHEM 122L General Chemistry II Laboratory

1

CHEM 121 General Chemistry I

3

COMM 110 Fundamentals of Public Speaking

3

CHEM 121L General Chemistry I Laboratory

1

CSCI 114 Microcomputer Packages

3

CHP 190 Critical Thinking and Academic Success

2

Gen Ed Global Perspectives

3

ENGL 120* College Composition II

3

Gen Ed Humanities & Fine Arts

3

MATH 103 College Algebra

3

 

 

16

 

16

Second Year

Fall

Credits

Spring

Credits

BIOL 220 Human Anatomy and Physiology I

3

BIOL 221 Human Anatomy and Physiology II

3

BIOL 220L Human Anatomy and Physiology I Laboratory

1

BIOL 221L Human Anatomy and Physiology II Laboratory

1

CHEM 341** Organic Chemistry I

3

CHEM 342** Organic Chemistry II

3

CHEM 341** Organic Chemistry I Laboratory

1

MICR 460 Pathogenic Microbiology

3

MLS 200 Introduction to Medical Laboratory Science

1

MICR 460L Pathogenic Microbiology Laboratory

2

MICR 350 General Microbiology

3

STAT 330 Introductory Statistics

3

MICR 350L General Microbiology Laboratory

2

 

Gen Ed Wellness

2

 

 

16

 

15

Third Year

Fall

Credits

Spring

Credits

BIOC 460 Foundations of Biochemistry and Molecular

     Biology I

3

Gen Ed Cultural Diversity

3

BIOC 460L Foundations of Biochemistry I Laboratory

1

Gen Ed Humanities & Fine Arts

3

BIOL 315 Genetics

3

MLS 435 Hematology

2

BIOL 315L Genetics Laboratory

1

MICR 463 Clinical Parasitology

2

MICR 470 Basic Immunology

3

Gen Ed Social & Behavioral Sciences

3

MICR 471 Immunology and Serology Laboratory

2

Gen Ed Upper Division Writing (300-400 level)

3

Gen Ed Social & Behavioral Sciences

3

 

 

16

 

16

Fourth Year

Fall

Credits

Spring

Credits

Summer

Credits

MLS*** 496 Field Exp/Internship

12

MLS*** 496 Field Exp/Internship

12

MLS*** 496 Field Exp/Internship

6

 

12

 

12

 

6

Total Credits: 125

*

All students are required to successfully earn credit for Engl 110 and Engl 120. Enrollment is based on English Placement.  Upon completion of Engl 120 with a "C" grade or higher, students will be awarded placement credit (4) for Engl 110.  

**

Students have the option to complete Chem 240, Bioc 460, Bioc 460L, & Bioc 461 in place of Chem 341, Chem 341L, Chem 342, Bioc 460 & Bioc 460L.

***

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

View NDSU equivalencies of transfer courses at: www.ndsu.edu/transfer/equivalencies

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Contact Information

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