Interested in becoming a Medical Laboratory Scientist? Already have completed most or all of the coursework in a related scientific discipline? If so, the Accelerated Medical Laboratory Science Program is for you!
This 16-month program allows you to complete your B.S. in Medical Laboratory Science faster than the traditional on-campus program. Applicants to the program must have completed a minimum of 90 credits or have already graduated with a bachelor's degree. Specific pre-requisite courses for entry into the accelerated program include chemistry, anatomy, physiology, and microbiology.
The program is a mixture of online, on-campus, and clinical courses. All regular coursework will be completed online over the fall and spring semesters. During the summer term, a series of laboratory courses taken on the Brookings campus will prepare you with hands-on training for your clinical experiences. Following completion of your laboratory courses, you will begin your clinical experiences in a variety of health care settings including hospitals and clinics.
Applications for the Accelerated MLS Program
The Medical Laboratory Science Program accepts up to twenty-four students into the accelerated program. Applicants will be notified of the decision regarding their application in writing.
Admission is competitive and will be determined based on the following criteria:
- Submission of cumulative GPA on a 4.0 scale of all college work completed at the time of application.
- Grade of "C" or "70%" minimum in all prerequisite courses.
- Completion of prerequisite courses CHEM 106-106L, CHEM 108-108L, BIOL 221-221L, BIOL 325-325L, MICR 231-231L or MICR 233-233L or course or content equivalencies as approved by the MLS Program Director prior to admission.
- Confirmation of ability to meet the non-academic Essential Functions of the program.
- Completion of an approved background check administered according to program guidelines. Expenses concurred are the student's responsibility.*
- Completion of an interview with the Medical Laboratory Science Admissions Committee.
- Completion of a writing assessment exercise.
*NOTE: An additional background check may be required prior to clinical placement, dependent on clinical affiliate requirements. Students are responsible for all costs associated with background checks.
Application materials checklist
- Documentation of ACT or SAT scores
- One copy of official transcript(s) (non-South Dakota Board of Regents students only)
- Willing to appear for an interview at SDSU upon request