Medical Laboratory Scientist


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.


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

Bismarck State College has many cooperative, articulation, or transfer agreements with postsecondary institutions both inside and outside of the North Dakota University System. Some of these agreements are established to allow students to remain on campus as they complete their bachelor’s degree. In all cases, students seeking to transfer after completing a degree at BSC should consult the academic catalog of their destination college and work with their academic advisor to plan for this transition.

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.