Medical Laboratory Scientist

Program Description

A medical laboratory scientist (MLS) has extensive knowledge of laboratory tests and data. To become a registered MLS, a student must complete three years of academic studies and one year at an accredited school of medical laboratory science. BSC offers the first two years of academic training required for a Bachelor of Science in medical laboratory science. Pre-professional courses are designed to provide the necessary scientific background for transfer.

Students should apply to an accredited Medical Laboratory Science program the second semester of sophomore year.


MLS is a demanding and rigorous field of study. Success depends on self-discipline and motivation, as well as the ability to work independently to solve problems and produce accurate laboratory results under stressful conditions. Good interpersonal skills and computer skills are also beneficial. Students should have a strong science and math background.

Program Requirements

Those who complete the requirements earn an Associate in Science degree and are eligible to transfer to a four-year institution.

BSC has cooperative agreements with Dickinson State University and Minot State University and several other four-year institutions that allow students to continue with a bachelor’s degree on the BSC campus. Those transferring to other institutions should consult the catalog of the transfer school and modify BSC’s suggested curriculum where necessary.

Contact your BSC advisor for assistance with transfer planning.

Career Opportunities

Besides doing general laboratory tests, medical laboratory scientists are qualified to supervise a clinical laboratory, specialize in specific areas or go into clinical education.



Deborah Shipman • Jack Science Center 201B

Associate in Science

College degree requirements

Note: Courses listed on degree plan are suggested. Students should consult with their advisor concerning their unique transfer decisions.

Total Degree Credits71
Plan of Study Grid
1st YearCredits
Communications I  
ENGL 110 College Composition I 3
Communications II  
Select one of the following: 3
College Composition II  
Introduction to Professional Writing  
Enrichment Course Matrix 2
Math, Science & Technology  
BIOL 150 General Biology I 3
BIOL 150L General Biology I Lab 1
BIOL 151 General Biology II 3
BIOL 151L General Biology II Lab 1
CHEM 121 General Chemistry I 4
CHEM 121L General Chemistry I Lab 1
CHEM 122 General Chemistry II 4
CHEM 122L General Chemistry II Lab 1
MATH 103 College Algebra (or higher, except MATH 137) 4
Social & Behavorial Sciences  
Select two of the following: 6
Principles of Microeconomics  
Introduction to Psychology  
Introduction to Sociology  
2nd Year
Arts & Humanities  
PHIL 210 Ethics 3
General Education Matrix (Arts & Humanities) 3
Communications III  
COMM 110 Fundamentals of Public Speaking 3
BIOL 220 Anatomy and Physiology I 3
BIOL 220L Anatomy and Physiology I Lab 1
BIOL 221 Anatomy and Physiology II 3
BIOL 221L Anatomy and Physiology II Lab 1
CHEM 241 Organic Chemistry I 4
CHEM 241L Organic Chemistry I Lab 1
CHEM 242 Organic Chemistry II 4
CHEM 242L Organic Chemistry II Lab 1
MICR 202 Introductory Microbiology 3
MICR 202L Introductory Microbiology Lab 1
MLS 201 Immunology 4
 Total Credits71