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Medical Laboratory Science (B.S.) - Accelerated Program

Contribute to better health care by providing clues key in the diagnosis and treatment of disease.

If you are looking for a career path that marries chemistry, biology, medicine, and problem solving, then a degree in medical laboratory science may be a good fit for you. The Medical Laboratory Science program prepares its graduates for employment in hospital or medical laboratories. The accelerated option is for students who have completed a minimum of 90 credits towards a bachelor’s degree or have completed a bachelor’s program. The 16-month program consists of online medical laboratory science courses, on campus laboratory courses for hands-on skills and technical training, and an off-campus clinical experience. The curriculum emphasizes basic science, medical laboratory science, critical thinking and communication skills, including structured learning in the laboratories of clinical affiliated laboratories. The program provides the scientific background in hematology, immunohematology, urinalysis, phlebotomy, microbiology, immunology, molecular biology, clinical chemistry, and management necessary for a laboratory career.

Is it for you?

This program will be a good fit if you:

  • Enjoy chemistry and biology
  • Like solving complex problems
  • Are detail-oriented
  • Are interested in caring for people's health
  • Appreciate working with others, as part of a team

Career Opportunities

  • Clinical medical laboratory scientist
  • Clinical specialists (clinical chemistry, hematology, microbiology, immunohematology)
  • Clinical researcher

Recent Employers

  • Avera Health
  • Rapid City Regional Hospital
  • Sanford Health
  • VA Health System

Suggested Certificates

Clubs and Organizations

  • Medical Laboratory Science Club
  • American Society of Clinical Laboratory Science
  • National Lambda Tau Honor Society

Still deciding? Reflecting on your values, interests, personality traits, and skills will provide valuable insight as you explore major and career choices. FOCUS 2 CAREER, a self-guided assessment, education and career planning program, will help you do just that. SDSU students may access FOCUS 2 CAREER by using the code: jacks. After completing FOCUS 2 CAREER, you may find it helpful to discuss your results with a career coach in the Office of Career Development.