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Medical Laboratory Science

What do medical laboratory technologists do?
Medical laboratory technologists and technicians use and maintain the equipment needed for diagnosis and treatment, and an increase in the aging population is expected to lead to a greater need to diagnose medical conditions. The number of individuals who will have access to health insurance is also expected to increase due to federal health insurance reform.

Medical laboratory science
The medical laboratory science (MLS) program at Minot State University consists of courses designed to give students the necessary, scientific background to enter clinical training at an accredited hospital laboratory. Three years of academic coursework will be completed at Minot State. Then, through an affiliation with the University of North Dakota (UND), students will 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 first two years of the program primarily involve fundamental courses in chemistry, microbiology, anatomy, and physiology, as well as general education courses in communications, humanities, and social science. The third year involves coursework more directly relevant to your major, such as parasitology, hematology, and immunology. These courses address more information on what you will encounter during the clinical internship year. The clinical year provides practical, hands-on experience in clinical laboratory techniques over three semesters.

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Employment outlook
According to the U.S. Department of Labor, employment of medical laboratory technologists is projected to grow 14 percent by 2024, much faster that the average for all occupations.
Our facilities
Our laboratories are equipped with exceptional computing resources and the latest in molecular biology equipment.
Experienced faculty
Our biology faculty members are highly-qualified instructors and active researchers. They are eager to help you meet individual career goals and engage in cutting-edge research. Funded by more than $2.5 million in grants, the work of Minot State biology faculty members has been published in more than 60 scientific publications and cited in hundreds of others.
Certification exams
Graduating with a medical laboratory science degree will make you eligible to take the national examinations 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 Exam to become a certified medical laboratory scientist.

This program is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS) through the University of North Dakota. All affiliated hospitals are accredited by the Council on Medical Education. Minot State University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (, a regional accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.