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 5000 across the United States. The average pay, as projected by the South Dakota Healthcare Workforce Initiative, in this region is approximately $23.00 per hour for a nationally certified Medical Laboratory Science Professional.

The South Dakota State University Medical Laboratory Sciences Program is a two-year upper division Bachelor of Science degree program that prepares students for careers in medical laboratory science or related fields. SDSU is the ONLY university based program within South Dakota.  The curriculum in the program emphasizes basic sciences, medical laboratory sciences, critical thinking skills and communication skills, including structured learning in the laboratories of clinical affiliated hospitals.

In order to receive a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in MLS, a student must successfully complete at least 120 semester credit hours. In addition to all of the required courses for the program, the student must complete all university general education requirements.

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, IL 60018-5119.


SDSU is the only university NAACLS-accredited program in SD!

Fast Facts

Traditional B.S. Track (Data from 2010-2015)

  • 100% Overall ASCP Board Examination Pass Rate
  • 100% Job Placement Rate (Candidates seeking positions; within 4 months)
  • 98% Graduation Rate (Professional Program Completion)

MLT to MLS Online Upward Mobility Program (Data from 2014-2015)
  • 86% Overall ASCP Board Examination Pass Rate
  • 83% Graduation Rate (Professional Program Completion)