Medical Laboratory Science (MLS)

The Medical Laboratory Science (MLS) program at Minot State University is a four year program leading to the Bachelor of Science Degree in Medical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology. The program consists of courses that are designed to give the medical laboratory science student the necessary, scientific background to enter clinical training at an accredited hospital laboratory.

The program consists of three years of academic coursework completed at Minot State University. Through an affiliation with the University of North Dakota (UND), students spend 12 months in a clinical internship at one of the many participating accredited hospitals, as a member of the Western College Alliance for MLS.

The academic portion of the program provides the student with a broad-based background in the sciences as well as General Education courses in communications, the humanities and the social and behavioral sciences. The clinical year provides practical, hands on, experience in clinical laboratory techniques.

The first two years of the program primarily involve General Education courses and fundamental courses in chemistry, microbiology, anatomy and physiology. The third year involves the students in courses more directly relevant to their major, such as parasitology, hematology, and immunology. These courses address more specifically what the student will encounter during the clinical internship year. Minot State University’s medical laboratory science program is accredited by the NAACLS through UND. All affiliated hospitals are accredited by the Council on Medical Education. Upon completion, the student is eligible to take the national examination conducted by the Board of Registry to become a certified clinical laboratory scientist by the American Society of Clinical Pathologists MT (ASCP) and the National Certification Agency for Medical Laboratory Personnel National Exam for certification as Medical Laboratory Scientist.

Acceptance to clinical year requires:

  1. Satisfactory completion of required preparatory course work prior to the final year.
  2. Minimum GPA 2.8.
  3. No more than one grade of “D” in preparatory coursework.
  4. Not more than three courses with repeats for “D” or “F” grades.
  5. Evidence of professional integrity (letter of recommendation from advisor).
  6. Completion of the UND application process by the specified deadline.

MLS majors are required to take a minimum of 38 credits of General Education courses in each of the following subject areas: communications, history, humanities, wellness/personal development, mathematics, science, and social science. The General Education math and science requirements are automatically met by taking MLS required courses. (See below.)

Required Courses  
BIOL 150 Introduction To Cellular Biology 4
BIOL 103 Intro to Medical Lab Science 1
BIOL 142 General Microbiology 4
BIOL 220 Anatomy And Physiology I 4
BIOL 221 Anatomy And Physiology II 4
BIOL 450 Parasitology 4
BIOL 455 Hematology 4
BIOL 465 Immunology 4
CHEM 121 General Chemistry I ( & CHEM 121L) 5
CHEM 122 General Chemistry II (& CHEM 122L) 5
CHEM 230 Quantitative Analysis 5
CHEM 240 Fundamentals of Organic Chemistry 5
CHEM 481 Biochemistry I 3
BADM 301 Fundamentals of Management 3
MATH 103 College Algebra 4
CLS Medical Microbiology 1 2
Total Hours 61

Offered as a distance course through UND. May be taken as a collaboratively through Minot State University.