Medical Laboratory Science
Are you interested in laboratory work and the process of diagnosis, but not necessarily working directly with patients? Consider getting a medical laboratory science degree from the UND School of Medicine & Health Sciences – one of the largest, most innovative, and far reaching, fully accredited laboratory science programs in the nation.
The UND MLS Program is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (www.naacls.org).
National Accrediting Agency for clinical Laboratory Sciences
5600 N. River Rd. Suite 720
Rosemont, IL 60018
Whether you’re working toward a B.S. degree or a certificate in Medical Laboratory Science (MLS), you’ll gain the right knowledge and skills through UND’s MLS program. Collaboration with the Mayo Clinic and other institutions play a role in scoring UND’s MLS students well above the national average on their national boards.
The MLS major blends biology, chemistry and medicine that can also be used as the framework for advanced degrees in other health care professions such as a physician, dentist, optometrist, etc. Some areas you’ll study in MLS are:
- Clinical Chemistry
- Human Paraitology
- Medical Microbiology
- Molecular Diagnostics
If you are accepted and remain in good standing with the UND MLS program, you’re guaranteed a clinical experience at one of our affiliated sites. An on-campus summer practicum and two semesters of off-campus clinical practicum are required in your senior year.
Clinical affiliations are located locally, regionally and in many states throughout the U.S. During the summative clinical experience, you’ll have the opportunity to put all the pieces together and become entry-level competent in all major testing areas of the clinical laboratory.
The UND MLS club meets regularly throughout the academic year and has been involved in various community service activities such as Relay for Life and sponsoring blood drives for our local blood supplier. Members of the club often travel to visit state of the art testing laboratories such as those at the Mayo Clinic.
UND MLS graduates have a 100% placement rate when seeking employment in a health care facility.
A workforce shortage of medical laboratory scientists exists, and has generated a large demand for new graduates. Regionally, graduates are able to choose from multiple employment opportunities in areas such as:
- Armed forces
- Biomedical supply firms or pharmaceutical companies
- Clinics and hospitals
- Government agencies
- Private laboratories
In addition to immediate employment opportunities, many MLS graduates go on to attend medical school or pursue advanced graduate degrees in science, management or education.
Day-to-day work is diverse and challenging. As a medical lab scientist, you'll be an integral member of the health care team who assist the physician or primary care provider in the diagnosis of disease and management of health. You’ll interact primarily with health care providers and other healthcare professionals, and have little direct patient contact.
You can specialize in a single laboratory area, or combination of all four, including:
- Clinical chemistry
- Medical microbiology
- Transfusion medicine
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