Citing the quality of South Dakota State University’s medical laboratory science program, College Factual ranked the program in seven categories.
The MLS program was ranked:
- 3 - Best value colleges for clinical/medical laboratory science;
- 5 - Best online clinical/medical laboratory science programs;
- 18 - Highest-paid clinical/medical laboratory science graduates;
- 21 - Best schools for clinical laboratory science;
- 24 - Best clinical/medical laboratory science programs for veterans;
- 28 - Best clinical/medical laboratory science programs for nontraditional students; and
- 59 - Most popular clinical/medical laboratory science programs.
“The medical laboratory science program in SDSU’s College of Pharmacy and Allied Health Professions has achieved several high rankings in College Factual’s 2021 Rankings Analysis. Notably, the program is third in the U.S. for Best Value, as well as in the top 15% nationwide in popularity. The program is also ranked fifth for its online program and 18th for highest-paid grads. All of these rankings are a testament to the quality and popularity of the program with its graduates,” said Carly Stockwell, director of content for College Factual.
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.
“Whatever happens 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.
“Because we’re so behind the scenes, we’re always educating people on what we do. Lab results can make up 70-80% of a patient’s medical history and there are constantly new lab tests becoming available. Our 100% job placement rate shows how in demand our students are in the profession,” she continued.
Graduates can work as an assistant, technician, researcher or coordinator within a laboratory facility.
“This is another great example of the tradition of excellence we are building within our MLS program. With multiple pathways available, we feel as though we are positioned to help meet the incredible workforce demand both now and into the future,” said Dan Hansen, interim dean for the College of Pharmacy and Allied Health Professions.
College Factual, located in Troy, New York, is the deepest resource on the web for insights on U.S. colleges, publishing at least 50 pages of unique insights on more than 2,000 colleges and universities. College Factual’s mission is to help all types of students discover their best-fit college and major so they can enjoy their college experience and graduate with less debt.