MLS program ranked No. 25

SDSU MLS program ranked No. 25

South Dakota State University’s medical laboratory science program was ranked No. 25 in the nation by Online Schools Report in its report on the best online clinical research degrees.

Online Schools Report cited SDSU’s Upward Mobility Bachelor of Science program, which is completely online for working medical laboratory technician professionals to obtain their B.S. in medical laboratory science.

According to Online Schools Report, a clinical research scientist tests new treatment therapies, such as medications and clinical devices, as part of their approval process. Clinical researchers fall into the category of medical laboratory technicians, who are responsible for all of the daily testing in hospitals and clinics. They provide essential information in tissues, fluids and cells needed for diagnosis. In fact, 70% of the decisions made by doctors are based on the results of laboratory testing.

“Medical lab professionals play a critical role in the delivery of health care. Workforce demand continues to rise within this field and our online Upward Mobility program is one tool we have to help meet that demand. This recognition confirms that students who take advantage of this opportunity will have a quality educational experience,” said Dan Hansen, the interim dean for SDSU’s College of Pharmacy and Allied Health Professions.

The firm stated bachelor’s degree graduates can work as an assistant, technician, researcher or coordinator within a laboratory facility. The average laboratory technician makes more than $53,000 annually, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Jobs in the field are expected to grow 11% in the next 10 years, which is much higher than the average career path.

“Thanks to our clinical partners, SDSU students can find themselves directly tied to the heartbeat of health care. In many ways, the lab is the hub of the hospital. Whatever is happening on the patient floors is felt in the lab,” said Stacie Lansink, director of SDSU’s medical laboratory science program. “Several of our online students gained firsthand pandemic experience, playing critical roles in treating patients.”

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