2016-17 Undergraduate and Graduate Catalogs

Medical Laboratory Science

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.

Bachelor of Science with a Major in Medical Laboratory Science

General Education

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 150Introduction To Cellular Biology4
BIOL 103Intro to Medical Lab Science1
BIOL 142General Microbiology4
BIOL 220Anatomy And Physiology I4
BIOL 221Anatomy And Physiology II4
BIOL 450Parasitology4
BIOL 455Hematology4
BIOL 465Immunology4
CHEM 121General Chemistry I ( & CHEM 121L)5
CHEM 122General Chemistry II (& CHEM 122L)5
CHEM 230Quantitative Analysis5
CHEM 240Fundamentals of Organic Chemistry5
CHEM 481Biochemistry I3
BADM 301Fundamentals of Management3
MATH 103College Algebra4
CLS Medical Microbiology 12
Total Hours61

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