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MEdical Laboratory Science Program Information

Medical Laboratory Scientist

The MLS is a health care professional with both academic and hospital laboratory training. MLS personnel are in demand in many settings such as hospital laboratories, clinics and research facilities. To be eligible for employment in a clinical laboratory to run diagnostic tests, you must complete a bachelor's level degree including a clinical internship program and pass a national certification exam administered by American Society for Clinical Pathology (http://www.ascp.org).  Certified Medical Laboratory Scientists (MLS) are also in high demand in other areas of the biomedical industry.

Students are encouraged to meet with an advisor to design an appropriate program to meet the requirements of the clinical internship site chosen by the student as soon as possible. Students may apply for the major after completion of CHEM 210 and MATH 112 (MATH 115 for some clinical sites) with grades of 2.0 (C) or above. Students may not register for 300-level MLS courses prior to admission to the major. Clinical experience at an affiliated clinical program is required. Admission to the major does not imply automatic acceptance into a clinical program. Students may not register for 400-level MLS courses prior to acceptance into a clinical program. Acceptance by the clinical affiliates is competitive and is based on the individual merits of each application. Applications are made approximately one year prior to the starting date of the clinical program. Students are encouraged to have most of the required courses for the clinical program completed before application. It is the responsibility of the student to ensure requirements of the clinical internship have been met and to be aware if different clinical sites have chosen additional required courses. Information and applications for clinical internships are available on-line (see links to programs below) or through the medical laboratory scientists director's office.

Program Options

Option #1: Students may complete 3 years of courses at SCSU, followed by a year of internship at a clinical affiliate. Current clinical affiliates are Hennepin County Medical Center, University of North Dakota in Grand Forks, ND, the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, MN, and St. Luke’s Hospital in Cedar Rapids, IA.

Option #2: St. Cloud State University (SCSU) and North Hennepin Community College (NHCC) are collaborating on a  2 + 2 program that will result in a Medical Laboratory Scientist (MLS) BS degree from SCSU. Certified Medical Laboratory Technicians (MLTs) can complete the program in two years (full-time). The program also encourages part-time students who are currently employed as MLTs to participate in the program.

Why MLT to MLS?

  • More responsibility and expanded role in the laboratory
  • Promotions and increased salary
  • Increased job satisfaction

About SCSU and NHCC

NHCC is committed to the development of partners within the MNSCU system to make the best use of resources to provide the education of clinical laboratory professionals. 

As Minnesota’s most accredited comprehensive university SCSU is ready to provide programs to enhance the clinical laboratory professional. SCSU and NHCC are committed to nurturing diversity with educational, cultural, and support programs.  SCSU has long standing programs in ESL and developmental Mathematics. These programs reflect our commitment to promote educational opportunities for an increasingly more diverse society and attract people of all background. Because of SCSU’s dedication to providing a career-focused education and lifelong learning skills, graduates go on to succeed in a variety of fields and make significant contributions to their communities.

Program is accredited by the National Accreditation Agency for Clinical Laboratory Science (NAACLS), 5600 N. River Road, Suite 720, Rosemont, IL 60018-5119 - phone number 847-939-3597, www.naacls.org.

Upon completion of either option, graduates are eligible to sit for the national certification exam offered by the American Society for Clinical Pathology, but granting of the BS degree is NOT contingent on passing the certification exam.

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