Medical Laboratory Science
The medical laboratory science profession involves the analysis of blood, body fluids, tissues, and cells to aid in the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of disease. The Medical Laboratory Scientist (MLS) is a vital member of the healthcare team with employment opportunities in hospital, clinic, research, and pharamceutical laboratories. The MLS is educated to perform, evaluate, and analyze patients' tests in the areas of hematology, microbiology, chemistry, blood banking, urinalysis, microscopy, and phlebotomy. The four-year curriculum leads to the degree of Bachelor of Science in Medical Laboratory Science. The first three years are at the University campus completing biology, chemistry, and general education requirements. The fourth year is completed at one of the affiliated accredited schools of medical laboratory science. Upon successful completion of this clinical year, the BS degree is awarded by the University and graduates are then eligible to take a certifying examination. Because the medical laboratory science curriculum closely parallels that of other majors, such as biology, students from other majors are encouraged to apply.
|Program||Locations||Major / Total Credits|
|Medical Laboratory Science BS||BS - Bachelor of Science||
||72 / 120|
Policies & Faculty
Students should contact the director of the Medical Laboratory Science program early in their college career for academic and career counseling and for information on the process and standards for admission to the professional curriculum including registration procedures. Because enrollment in the fourth year is limited by the size of classes in the affiliated MLS schools, admission to the program does not ensure admission to the fourth year of the curriculum. Admission into the fourth year clinical internship is competitive.
Students majoring in Medical Laboratory Science have an advisor from their area of interest assigned to them. Questions and concerns pertaining to advising and the assignment of advisors can be answered by Ken Adams, SRC, 125 Trafton Science Center, telephone 507-389-1521.
P/N Grading Policy. No P/N grades are accepted toward the major except BIOL 175.
Agencies and clinical site adjunct faculty participating in the Medical Laboratory Science program include, but not limited to:
- Hennepin County Medical Center, Minneapolis, MN, Sarah Drawz, M.D.,Ph.D, Lynn Poth, MS, MT(ASCP)
- Mercy College of Health Sciences MLS Program, Des Moines, IA, Kyla Dippold, MS, MLS (ASCP), CM
- UnityPoint Health-St. Luke’s Hospital, Cedar Rapids, IA, Cassie Hartgrave, MPH, MLS(ASCP)
- University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, Janice Conway-Klaasen, Ph.D., MT(ASCP) SM
- New York Methodist Hospital, Brooklyn, NY, Lori Burkard, MS, MT (ASCP), Lynn Jones, MT (ASCP), Rabia Mir, M.D.
- Sanford USD Medical Center, Sioux Falls, SD, Michael Geis, M.D., Meredith Loosbrock, MS, MLS(ASCP)
- St. Luke’s College- UnityPoint Health, Sioux City, IA, Mary Smith, MS, MLS(ASCP),James Quesenberry, MD, Askar Qualbani, M.D.
Students accepted into the clinical internship will be responsible for:
- Proof of Medical/Hospitalization/Health Insurance
- Health Physical Exam
- Tuberculosis (TB) testing
- Proof of Immunization which may include the following: Hepatitis B, Measles, Mumps, Rubella, Tetanus, Chickenpox (Varicella), and Influenza.
Drug Screen Testing and Background Checks:
- Students may also be required to submit to Drug Screen Testing.
- Internship sites are required by law to do Background Checks on all students admitted to their medical laboratory science programs.
Trafton South 242(507) 389-2417
Credits: 1-10Theory of blood cell formation; disease states; hemostasis, microscopic examination of blood/bone marrow films; practical experience with instruments and techniques which determine major hematologic and clotting parameters; quality control.
Credits: 1-10Major blood group systems; principles and procedures for antigen/antibody detection, identification; donor blood collection, preservation, processing; component therapy; transfusion reaction evaluation; Rh immune globulin; quality control.
Credits: 1-10Antigen/antibody structure function and interaction; basic principles and procedures of humoral and cellular immunology; performance and clinical correlation of serological testing; quality control.
Credits: 1-10Identification and quantification of specific chemical substances in blood and body fluids by analytical techniques; clinical correlation with disease states; principles of instrumentation; data processing; toxicology; quality control.
Credits: 1-10Theory and techniques of cultivation, isolation and identification of bacteria, fungi, parasites and viruses; determination of sensitivity to antimicrobial agents; clinical correlation to disease states, asepis; environmental monitoring; quality control.
Credits: 1-10Theory of renal function in health and disease; renal function tests including chemical and microscopic examination of urine; analysis of fecal specimens, gastric, spinal fluid and other body fluids; quality control.
Credits: 1-10A continuation of Clinical Hematology I
Credits: 1-10A continuation of Clinical Immunohematology I.
Credits: 1-10A continuation of Clinical Chemistry I.
Credits: 1-10A continuation of Clinical Microbiology I.
Credits: 1-10A continuation of Clinical Microscopy I.
Credits: 1-6Related topics in medical technology.