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BestValueSchools.org ranks MLS program No. 2 in nation

BestValueSchools.org ranks SDSU's MLS program

South Dakota State University’s accelerated medical laboratory science program was ranked No. 2 nationally by BestValueSchools.org in Top Fastest Undergraduate Degrees: Biological and Biomedical Studies.

SDSU’s accelerated Bachelor of Science program is a mixture of online, on campus and clinical courses.

“South Dakota State University earned a ranking in BestValueSchools.org's Fastest Undergraduate Degrees in 2021 due to the comprehensive B.S. in medical laboratory science program. Students can complete the program and be prepared for clinical careers in as little as 16 months. Whether students want to be clinical researchers, clinical specialists or clinical medical lab scientists, South Dakota State University will provide them with the solid foundation they need,” said Cassie Williams, communications specialist for BestValueSchools.org.

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.

“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. “Thanks to our clinical partners, SDSU students can find themselves directly tied to the heartbeat of health care. In fact, several of our online students gained firsthand pandemic experience, playing critical roles in treating patients.”

Interested students must have completed a minimum of 90 credits or have already graduated with a bachelor's degree in another program. Specific prerequisite courses for entry into the accelerated program include chemistry, anatomy, physiology and microbiology.

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

For more information on the ranking, visit BestValueSchools.org.