Medical Laboratory Science

If you want to make a tangible difference in the medical field right out of college, NSU's medical laboratory science degree is a perfect fit.

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College of Arts and Sciences

Medical Laboratory Science

The medical laboratory scientist is a key member of any health care team, performing diagnostic testing on which health care professionals rely to best treat a patient.

Medical laboratory science (MLS) students at NSU study chemistry, hematology, immunology, immunohematology, molecular biology and microbiology in preparation for careers as medical laboratory scientists.

Your first three years of study will be on NSU’s campus, completing a variety of courses to prepare you for clinical experience. Your senior year will be devoted to hands-on clinical study and laboratory training at one of NSU's partnering hospitals.




Students who complete an MLS degree often are immediately employed in hospitals, clinics, medical research facilities, government agencies, veterinary labs, industry, the armed forces and other specialty facilities.

Medical laboratory scientists are consistently in high demand. Graduates who desire to stay close to home have no problem finding employment options at our numerous regional hospitals. Students who prefer a change of scenery will find numerous job opportunities across the country or around the globe.

For more information on careers in MLS, visit the American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science

For more information on careers in your major or help choosing a major, contact the NSU Career Center.


MLS majors at NSU receive a very personal education. Our class sizes are small, allowing ample opportunity to interact directly with faculty of diverse specialties. This personal attention from well-qualified and enthusiastic professors, combined with our hands-on policy with laboratory equipment, give Northern students an edge when applying for internships.

NSU's MLS program is unique in that it offers two options for your senior internship:

Both are accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Science. Together, they provide a list of more than 70 hospitals across the country in which you can complete your clinical training.  

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For more information about this degree, contact Jessica Ness, or call 605-626-2272 or 605-626-7900. Or, contact NSU Admissions at 605-626-2544 or

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