Medical Laboratory Science B.S.

Required credits to graduate with this degree: 120

Medical Laboratory Science majors must complete 36 hours of essential studies. Additional pre-requisites: ECON 201, PSYC 111 and SOC 110.

A list of approved essential studies courses is available here.

A minor is required in a supporting area for this major.

Admission to Medical Laboratory Science Major

All admission criteria are monitored and enforced by the discipline faculty. Admission to the Medical Laboratory Science major requires that the student:

  1. Complete BIOL 150, BIOL 150L, BIOL 151, BIOL 151L, CHEM 121, CHEM 121L, CHEM 122 and CHEM 122L with a minimum grade of “C” in each course.
  2. Have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.80.
  3. Have satisfactory communication skills as demonstrated by completion of ENGL 110 and ENGL 120 or ENGL 125 with a minimum grade of “C” in each course.
  4. Have satisfactory mathematics skills as demonstrated by successful completion of MATH 103 with a minimum grade of “C.”
  5. Have satisfactory computer skills as demonstrated by successful completion of BUSN 235 with a minimum grade of “C” or comparable performance on the appropriate University examination.
  6. Complete an oral interview with the discipline faculty.

Final approval of the discipline faculty is contingent upon their professional judgment following consideration of documentation and faculty assessment. The MLS program reserves the right to place on probation or to cancel the registration of any student whose performance in the classroom or clinical experience is deemed unsatisfactory.

The Medical Laboratory Science program is designed to give the student the necessary, medically oriented scientific background to enter clinical training at an accredited laboratory. Medical Laboratory scientists are concerned with the study and practice of diagnostic medicine and they generate accurate and reliable test results used in the diagnosis and treatment of disease.

Mayville State University is an affiliate of the Western College Alliance for Medical Laboratory Science (WCAMLS), which is a cooperative program between the member institutions and the University of North Dakota (UND) to train students in the profession of medical laboratory science.

The academic program consists of three years of coursework completed at Mayville State University. Through the affiliation with the University of North Dakota, the student participates in a clinical internship at one of the many participating accredited hospitals following completion of an intensive summer practicum on the UND campus.

The academic portion of the program provides the student with a broad-based background in the sciences as well as essential studies courses in communications, the humanities and the social and behavioral sciences. The first two years primarily involve essential studies courses and fundamental courses in chemistry, microbiology, anatomy and physiology. The third year involves the student in courses more directly relevant to the major such as clinical microbiology, hematology, and immunology. The clinical year provides practical experience in clinical laboratory techniques.

Mayville State University’s Medical Laboratory Science curriculum is aligned with the UND Medical Laboratory Science program. Students transfer to UND and then must apply to the UND MLS program for the final clinical year. The applicant must have a cumulative GPA of a least 2.8, no more than one “D” in any mathematics or science course, undergo a background check prior to admission, and be recommended by their college/University advisor. After successfully finishing the clinical year, students receive a certificate of completion from the University of North Dakota verifying completion of twelve months of clinical training in the UND National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS) accredited program. The certificate of completion entitles the student for national board eligibility.

Student Learning Outcomes:

  • SLO 1: Students will acquire a content knowledge base commensurate with career goals.
  • SLO 2: Students will communicate scientific information both orally and in writing.
  • SLO 3: Students will apply quantitative or qualitative theories of science to a broad variety of scientific problems (including experiential component).
  • SLO 4: Students will construct and critically analyze scientific arguments.
  • SLO 5: Integrate technology into work products.

Requirements

The Medical Laboratory Science program requires completion of a minimum of 120 semester hours which are mostly prescribed. Establishing an early working relationship with the Mayville State program advisor is strongly recommended. There are additional special requirements; prior to admission to the UND clinical year, a background check must be performed. All clinical affiliates require specific immunizations and testing to be completed (or a signed liability waiver) before entrance into the medical facility. Students are responsible for additional costs that include travel, housing, food, and summer lab course fees during the practicum and internship year.

Core Courses

MLS 234Human Parasitology

2

MLS 301Immunology

3

MLS 325Hematology

3

MLS 325LHematology Laboratory

1

MLS 336Laboratory Calculations

1

MLS 394Medical Microbiology

2

MLS 471Clinical Chemistry I

2

MLS 472Pre-Analytical Testing

1

MLS 473Clinical Hemostasis I

2

MLS 474Clinical Urinalysis I

2

MLS 477Clinical Immunohematology I

1

MLS 477LClinical Immunohematology I Lab

1

MLS 478Clinical Microbiology I

2

MLS 479Clinical Hematology I

2

MLS 480Clinical Immunohematology II

2

MLS 481Clinical Chemistry II

2

MLS 483Clinical Hemostasis II

1

MLS 484Clinical Microbiology II

2

MLS 485Clinical Urinalysis II

1

MLS 487Medical Mycology

1

MLS 488Clinical Hematology II

2

MLS 489Clinical Body Fluids/Instrumentation

1

MLS 490Financial and Quality Management of the Clinical Laboratory

3

MLS 491Clinical Chemistry III

2

MLS 492Clinical Immunohematology III

2

MLS 494Clinical Immunology

1

MLS 495Clinical Microbiology III

2

MLS 498Clinical Hematology III

2

Total Credit Hours: 49

*Minor required