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Online Medical Lab Science Upward Mobility (B.S. MLT to MLS)

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The Medical Laboratory Science Upward Mobility bachelor’s degree equips you to continue pursuing your interests with an added level of expertise. The MLT to MLS courses provide a strong scientific background in Hematology, Hemostasis, Chemistry, Molecular Diagnostics, Immunohematology, Immunology and specialized testing. Clinical practice is another key component of the program. Upon graduation, you will be eligible to take the certification examination as a medical laboratory scientist from the Board of Certification by the American Society of Clinical Pathologists.

Due to the advanced nature of the program, you must have documentation of at least two years work experience in a clinical laboratory, completion of an accredited certificate program in medical laboratory science and successful completion of SDSU general education requirements or an academic plan of completion approved by the MLS program director.


MLS Program Application and Statement of Support must be completed prior to beginning the MLS Core Curriculum.

Your General Education Requirements

  • Develop Sound Reasoning — English and Composition Courses
  • Express Yourself — Speech and Rhetoric Courses
  • Understand Your World — Social Sciences and Diversity Courses
  • Expand Your Horizons — Art, Literature, Culture and Language Courses
  • Compute and Balance Solutions — Mathematics and Statistics Courses
  • Methodically Test and Analyze Results — Natural Sciences Courses

Professional Licensure and Certification

Click here for professional licensure and certification information.

Questions regarding Professional Licensure and Certification can also be directed to Continuing and Distance Education.


Program Contact

Stacie Lansink
College of Pharmacy and Allied Health Professions
Phone: 605-688-5855

Stephanie Jacobson 
College of Pharmacy and Allied Health Professions
Phone: 605-209-6755

SDSU Continuing and Distance Education

Phone: 605-688-4154
Email: sdsu.distance@sdstate.edu
Web: sdstate.edu/online

SDSU Admissions

Phone: 605-688-4121
Email: sdsu.admissions@sdstate.edu
Web: sdstate.edu/admissions


South Dakota State University Medical Laboratory Science program is fully accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Science, NAACLS, 5600 N. River Rd. Suite 720, Rosemont, IL 60018-5119.