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NSU Catalog 2020-2021 
NSU Catalog 2020-2021 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Medical Laboratory Science (BS)

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The four-year program requires three years of study on campus followed by a year in a clinical setting. The senior year is devoted to clinical study and training in a laboratory in one of the following hospitals: Sanford Hospital, Sioux Falls and Marion Health Center, Sioux City, Iowa. The medical laboratory science student may also complete their senior internship with the Western College Alliance as part of an affiliation agreement between NSU and the University of North Dakota (UND), which has approximately 70 clinical sites to choose from.

A 2.8 minimum grade point average is required of all medical laboratory science students at NSU.

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Students will demonstrate the knowledge and skills that prepare them for entry into their clinical evaluation period.
  • Students will demonstrate the ability to research a topic and integrate information from multiple sources to make a conclusion. (Cross-curricular Skill: Inquiry and Analysis)
  • Students will demonstrate the ability to evaluate established paradigms and create new approaches to contemporary problems. (Cross-curricular Skill: Critical and Creative Thinking)
  • Students will demonstrate the ability to design, evaluate, and implement a strategy to answer an open- ended question or achieve a desired goal in a clinical setting. (Cross-curricular Skill: Problem Solving)
  • Students will apply knowledge and skills to advanced medical laboratory situations. (Cross-curricular Skill: Integrative Learning)
  • Students will demonstrate appropriate attitudes in each clinical specialty while working with patients and medical personnel. (Cross-curricular Skill: Teamwork)

Senior Year

  • Internship 37 credit hours

Students must meet all general graduation requirements except senior college credits; a minimum 2.80 grade point average is required.

NSU is also affiliated with the Western College Alliance through the University of North Dakota for the senior internship year. Course credit will vary slightly between the two internship options.

When Northern State University receives notification of the satisfactory completion of the senior year program from the affiliated hospital laboratory, the student will be recommended for graduation and will receive the Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Medical Laboratory Science.

Northern State University is affiliated with the following hospitals: Marion Health Center, Sioux City, Iowa; Sanford Hospital, Sioux Falls, SD; and the 70 medical centers associated with the Western College Alliance.

The internship hours include the following courses.

The basic medical technology program, with a carefully planned fourth year, may lead to other professional programs with no loss of credit.

Medical Laboratory Science


  • CLS 471 - Clinical Chemistry I 2 credits
  • CLS 472 - Preanalytical Testing Skills 1 credit
  • CLS 473 - Clinical Hemostatis I 2 credits
  • CLS 474 - Clinical Urinalysis I 2 credits
  • CLS 477/477L - Clinical Immunohemtalogy I/Lab 2 credits
  • CLS 478 - Clinical Micro I 2 credits
  • CLS 480 - Clinical Immunohematology II 2 credits
  • CLS 481 - Clinical Chemistry II 2 credits
  • CLS 482 - Clinical Hematology I 2 credits
  • CLS 483 - Clinical Hemostatis II 1 credit
  • CLS 484 - Clinical Micro II 2 credits
  • CLS 485 - Clinical Urinalysis II 1 credit
  • CLS 487 - Medical Mycology 1 credit
  • CLS 488 - Clinical Hematology II 2 credits
  • CLS 489 - Clinical Body Fluids II 1 credit
  • CLS 490 - Financial & Quality Management of the Lab 3 credits
  • CLS 491 - Clinical Chemistry III 2 credits
  • CLS 492 - Clinical Immunohematology III 2 credits
  • CLS 494 - Clinical Immunology 1 credit
  • CLS 495 - Clinical Micro III 2 credits
  • CLS 498 - Clinical Hematology III 2 credits

General Education Requirements

Baccalaureate degrees - 30 credits

Associate degrees - 24 credits

Goal #1: Written Communication (6 credits Baccalaureate/Associate)

Student enrollment in the initial English course is determined by the Board of Regents placement policy (2:7.6).

Goal #2: Oral Communcation (3 credits Baccalaureate/Associate)

Goal #4: Arts and Humanities (6 credits Baccalaureate/3 credits Associate)

Goal #5: Mathematics (3 credits Baccalaureate/Associate)

Student enrollment in the initial Mathematics course is determined by the Board of Regents placement policy (AAC Guidelines 7.6).

Goal #6: Natural Sciences (6 credits Baccalaureate/3 Credits Associate)

Associate Degree Flexibility (3 credits)

Students have the flexibility to select an additional three credits from Goal #3, #4, or #6 with courses selected from different disciplinary prefixes.

Degree Requirements (BS) - 9 credits

Human Values (3 credits)

Additional Course (3 credits)

Total Degree: 125 Credits

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