Medical Laboratory Science

Medical Laboratory Science degree at USF

Major in Medical Laboratory Science at our campus in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, and you’ll be prepared to be a medical laboratory scientist (medical technologist) in a hospital or clinical laboratory. The Medical Laboratory Science major at USF provides an avenue for you to combine traditional undergraduate science coursework with instruction and clinical experience from a hospital’s accredited Medical Laboratory Science program.

As a Medical Laboratory Science major at USF, you will complete a minimum of three years at USF prior to entering the clinical year in a hospital’s accredited school of Medical Laboratory Science. College credit equivalent to one full calendar year in a hospital’s accredited program (40 semester hours) will be granted to students who successfully complete the professional (clinical) year’s program and pass the board examination. A Bachelor of Science degree in Medical Laboratory Science from USF will then be conferred provided all other course requirements have been satisfied.

Reasons to Major in Medical Laboratory Science at USF

USF students who major in Medical Laboratory Science study a variety of sciences. Some students complete a four-year major in Biology or Chemistry at USF before applying for the professional year of experience. In today’s health-care environment, physicians rely on laboratory testing performed by medical laboratory scientists (medical technologists) to provide an accurate diagnosis and treatment plan for their patients. A medical laboratory technician’s duties can include: assuring safe transfusion of blood products, monitoring the quality of testing, identifying abnormal cells, operating computerized instruments, and culturing and identifying bacteria and viruses.

At USF, we also enhance your learning with a Christian liberal arts focus. By earning your degree immersed in USF’s fellowship, you’ll grow as a scientist and experience spiritual growth.

You’ll have the opportunity to:

  • Evaluate the relationships and ethical implications of science upon technology and society
  • Describe structures and attributes of organisms, processes of life and biotic-abiotic interact
  • Explore, evaluate and communicate scientific investigations to understand the nature of life science

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Careers for Medical Laboratory Science Majors

USF’s required courses combined with completion of a hospital’s accredited MLS program allow graduates to get top jobs in a clinical environment, such as a hospital laboratory and most reference laboratories. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median national wage for this occupation is $79,930 and the median South Dakota wage is $57,030.

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