Medical Laboratory Scientist

For more information contact:
Deborah Shipman • Jack Science Center 201B

Program Description
A medical laboratory scientist (MLS) has extensive knowledge of laboratory tests and data. To become a registered MLS, a student must complete three years of academic studies and one year at an accredited school of medical laboratory science. BSC offers the first two years of academic training required for a Bachelor of Science in medical laboratory science. Pre-professional courses are designed to provide the necessary scientific background for transfer.
Students should apply to an accredited Medical Laboratory Science program the second semester of sophomore year.

MLS is a demanding and rigorous field of study. Success depends on self-discipline and motivation, as well as the ability to work independently to solve problems and produce accurate laboratory results under stressful conditions. Good interpersonal skills and computer skills are also beneficial. Students should have a strong science and math background.

Program Requirements
Those who complete the requirements earn an Associate in Science degree and are eligible to transfer to a four-year institution.

BSC has cooperative agreements with Dickinson State University and Minot State University and several other four-year institutions that allow students to continue with a bachelor's degree on the BSC campus. Those transferring to other institutions should consult the catalog of the transfer school and modify BSC's
suggested curriculum where necessary.

Contact your BSC advisor for assistance with transfer planning.

Career Opportunities
Besides doing general laboratory tests, medical laboratory scientists are qualified to supervise a clinical laboratory, specialize in specific areas or go into clinical education.