Degree type(s): Bachelor's
Degree field(s): Healthcare
Location(s): Bismarck, ND

Medical Laboratory Science Bachelor’s Degree Program

Four year degree; Bachelor of Arts (BA) or Bachelor of Science

The Medical Laboratory Science bachelor’s degree program at the University of Mary prepares students for careers as medical lab technologists. Graduates of the Medical Laboratory Science bachelor’s program are eligible to take the national examination for certification for medical laboratory science by the American Society of Clinical Pathologists.

Medical laboratory science majors have a flexible schedule of required competence and science courses during the first three years at the University of Mary. A clinical internship of 12 consecutive months is taken during the last year of preparation at the University of North Dakota School of Medicine (an accredited school of medical laboratory science), where you will receive clinical training at one of its approved sites, such as CHI St. Alexius Health, Bismarck, ND; Trinity Medical Center, Minot, ND; or at any other accredited school of medical laboratory science.

The Medical Laboratory Science program is offered as a Bachelor of Arts (BA) or Bachelor of Science (BS) degree at the University of Mary’s main campus in Bismarck, North Dakota.

Medical Laboratory Science Program Highlights

The Medical Laboratory Science program is a four year program leading to a Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts degree. It consists of 124 semester credits, 87 of which are taken on campus and 37 of which are granted for courses taken during the clinical internship.

Earn your bachelor’s degree in Medical Laboratory Science at one of the most affordable private universities in the nation.

  • Gain hands-on, medical lab experience in an accredited school of Medical Laboratory Science that will prepare you to be a leading lab technologist.
  • Prepare to take the national examination for certification for Medical Laboratory Science by the American Society of Clinical Pathologists.
  • Develop professional leadership skills in a collaborative learning environment grounded in Christian, Catholic, Benedictine values.
  • Work in small classes with faculty who bring professional medical laboratory experience to the classroom.

Career Outlook for Medical Laboratory Science Majors

The U.S. Department of Labor projects that employment of medical laboratory technologists and technicians will grow 22 percent from 2012 to 2022, much faster than the average for all occupations. An increase in the aging population will lead to a greater need to diagnose medical conditions, such as cancer or type 2 diabetes, through laboratory procedures (Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 Edition, Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technologists and Technicians).

Find more information about medical lab careers. Medical Laboratory Science majors can also make excellent candidates for medical school, optometry school, dental school, pharmacy school, or veterinary school.

The Medical Laboratory Science program consists of 124 semester credits, 87 of which are taken on campus and 37 of which are granted for courses taken during the clinical internship. The campus preparation provides a basic curriculum in biology, chemistry, and mathematics. All students must complete a minimum of 12 semester credits of upper division math/science courses.

Major in Medical Laboratory Science:
BIO 103, 106, 207, 208, 209 or 309, 311, 312, 318, 319, 320; CHE 111, 112, 217, 310; MAT 103; MLS 417, 418, 419.

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Even as one of the most affordable private universities in the nation, the University of Mary does offer a variety of scholarships. In fact, 99% of main campus undergraduate students receive some form of scholarship! 

Some scholarships are available for specific academic programs, such as nursing, while other scholarships are available for certain student populations, such as military and veteran students

We strongly encourage you to contact your personal admissions representative to discover all of the options that might be available to you. In many cases, a program specific scholarship is just one component of a complete financial aid package. 

Our admissions professionals will work together with our Office of Financial Assistance to ensure that you get the best financial aid package possible to finance your education. 

Transfer students must earn a minimum of 32 semester credits on campus; 16 of these must be from the math/science department (credit received for the clinical internship does not satisfy this requirement).

Please contact our admissions office at 800-288-6279 for more details.

Acceptance at the University of Mary does not automatically qualify you to pursue a program in one of the academic programs of study. Application requirements are specific to each major or academic program.

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We recommend consulting your advisor for details. Applications are reviewed by the faculty members of the program. You will be notified that you have been admitted, admitted provisionally, or denied admission to the program.

Program Advisors: Dr. David Ronderos

For more information about the Medical Laboratory Science bachelor’s degree program, please contact University of Mary Admissions at (800) 288-6279.

If you are thinking about pursuing a bachelor’s degree in medical laboratory science, you might also be interested in the following undergraduate programs offered at the University of Mary: