Medical Laboratory Science

Clinical Laboratory Science & Medical Technology

The four-year clinical laboratory sciences & medical technology curriculum leads to the degree of Bachelor of Science in clinical laboratory sciences & medical technology. The first three years are spent at the university. The fourth year is spent at one of the affiliated hospital schools of clinical laboratory sciences/medical technology. Upon successful completion of this year, the BS degree is awarded by the university and graduates are then eligible to take a certifying examination.

Because the clinical laboratory sciences/medical technology curriculum closely parallels that of other majors, such as biology, students from other majors are encouraged to apply.

Admission to Major: Admission to Major is granted by the department. Minimum university admission requirements are:

  • a minimum of 32 earned semester credit hours.
  • a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.00 (C).

Contact the department for application procedures.

Students should contact the Department of Clinical Laboratory Sciences & Medical Technology early in their college career for admission to the program, for academic and career counseling, and for information on the process and standards for admission to the professional curriculum, including registration procedures. Because enrollment in the fourth year is limited by the size of classes in the affiliated hospital schools, admission to the program does not ensure admission to the fourth year of the curriculum. Admission into the fourth year hospital clinical internship is competitive.

Policies/Information: Students majoring in Clinical Laboratory Sciences & Medical Technology have an advisor from their area of interest assigned to them. Questions and concerns pertaining to advising and the assignment of advisors can be answered by Ken Adams, student advising director, C125 Trafton Science Center, telephone 507-389-1521.

GPA Policy. A GPA of 2.0 is required in both sciences courses and cumulative coursework.

P/N Grading Policy. No P/N grades are accepted toward the major except BIOL 175.

Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology BS

Required General Education (9 credits)

  • Choose one of teh following courses:
    • BIOL 105
    • BIOL 105W
  • BIOL 270 Microbiology (4)
  • CHEM 201 General Chemistry I (5)
  • and one of the following courses:
    • MATH 112 College Algebra (4)
    • MATH 115 Precalculus Mathematics (4)
    • MATH 121 Calculus I (4)

Required Support Courses (18 credits):

  • CHEM 202 General Chemistry II (5)
  • CHEM 320 Organic Chemistry I (5)
  • CHEM 360 Principles of Biochemistry (4)

Required for Major (Core, 31 credits):

  • BIOL 105 General Biology I (4)
  • BIOL 106 General Biology II (4)
  • BIOL 175 Orientation to Clinical Laboratory Science (1)
  • BIOL 211 Genetics (3)
  • BIOL 220 Human Anatomy (4)
  • BIOL 330 Human Physiology (4)
  • BIOL 430 Hematology/Introduction to Immunology (4)
  • BIOL 475 Medical Microbiology (4)

Required for Major (Internship, 32-39 credits):

Complete up to 32-39 credits from the following courses:

HLTH 475, STAT 154, MEDT 410 MEDT 411 MEDT 412 MEDT 413 MEDT 414 MEDT 415 MEDT 416 MEDT 417 MEDT 418 MEDT 419 MEDT 420 MEDT 499

Required Minor: None.

Special Requirements:

If internship is at Hennepin County Medical Center students must complete:

  • BIOL 380 Blood Banking/Urinalysis (3)

If the internship is at Fairview Health Services, the University of Iowa, or Sanford USD Medical Center, students must complete a course in statistics or biostatistics. If the internship is at the University of Minnesota, students must complete a second math class either in pre-calculus, calculus, statistics, or biostatistics. The University of Minnesota does not require Biology 420, Biology 430, and Biology 475. These requirements are in addition to degree requirements.

Participating Agencies

Agencies and clinical site adjunct faculty participating in the Clinical Laboratory Science / Medical Technology program include, but not limited to: Hennepin County Medical Center, Minneapolis, MN, James Fink, M.D.,Ph.D, Roberta Montgomery, BS,MLS,MT(ASCP); Mercy College of Health Sciences, Des Moines, IA, Kyla Deibler, MS,MT(ASCP),CLS(NCA); St. Luke's Hospital, Cedar Rapids, IA, Nadine Sojka, MS,MT(ASCP); University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, Patricia Solberg, CLS(NCA), Carol Wells, Ph.D.,MT(ASCP); Fairview Health Services, Minneapolis, MN, David Dexter, M.D., Carol McCoy, MT(ASCP); University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA, Judith Kittleson, MT(ASCP); Sanford USD Medical Center, Sioux Falls, SD, DesiRae M. Muirhead,M.D., Renee Rydell, MBA,MS,MT(ASCP). Internship sites are required by law to do background checks on all students admitted to their medical technology / clinical laboratory science programs.