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Medical Laboratory Science

Medical Laboratory Science

Medical Laboratory Science is currently the "Highest Need" healthcare career field in South Dakota.

The annual national projection for employment is approximately 13,000 openings and academic programs currently graduate about 5,000 across the United States. The average pay in this region, as projected by the South Dakota Healthcare Workforce Initiative, is approximately $23.00 per hour for a nationally certified Medical Laboratory Science professional.

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A Medical Laboratory Science Degree that Opens Doors

According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, there is a projected 22% increase in employment for laboratory science professionals between 2012 and 2022—twice the rate of all other occupations. The salary for laboratory professionals varies with geographical location and training level; however, the American Society of Clinical Pathology (ASCP) 2013 wage survey in the United States indicates that the national average for a staff level MLS B.S. level professional is $56,430 per year and $77,113 per year at the supervisory level. Nationally salaries are considerably higher for those individuals who are lab directors or faculty members.

Medical laboratory scientists (MLS) are allied health professionals that work with other health care professionals to aid in patient care by performing laboratory tests that can help in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of diseases. A patient's medical history may be 70-80% laboratory testing. The tests performed by medical laboratory scientists uses advanced technology to perform testing on blood and body fluids in the areas of chemistry, microbiology, hematology, immunology, toxicology, blood banking and molecular procedures.

The demand is high for a medical laboratory science graduate and the SDSU program has a 100% job placement in a variety of settings.

SDSU Graduates of the MLS program are one of the most sought after healthcare professionals! SDSU is the only university NAACLS-accredited program in SD!

The SDSU Medical Laboratory Science program is fully accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Science NAACLS, 5600 N. River Rd. Suite 720, Rosemont, Illinois 60018-5119.

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Gathering after the announcement of the Avera MLS Scholarship on the SDSU campus March 28 are, from left, Pam Hilber, director of workforce development at Avera; Stacie Lansink, director of the medical laboratory science program at SDSU; Jessica Deslauriers, lab quality and education manager at Avera; and Dan Hansen, dean of the College of Pharmacy and Allied Health Professions at SDSU.

Avera sponsorship targets SDSU medical lab students

Avera Health announced a new $40,000 per student sponsorship program for a dozen medical laboratory science students at an unveiling before 19 Medical Laboratory Science I students at South Dakota State University March 28.

Job opportunities abound for MLS graduates

Strong aptitudes in math and science are definite advantages for students seeking a degree in medical laboratory science, but you don’t need to be a STEM standout to understand these numbers for the SDSU program:...

First collegewide interprofessional education launched

Students from the College of Pharmacy and Allied Health Professions participated in the first collegewide interprofessional education activity Oct. 5-6, 2021.