• Application Deadline
  • 48 months
The Medical Laboratory Science - Upward Mobility Program at South Dakota State University provides an opportunity for Medical Laboratory Technicians to complete a bachelor’s degree in medical laboratory sciences within their own clinical employment setting, utilizing a variety of online instructional approaches.
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The curriculum emphasizes basic science, medical laboratory science, critical thinking and communication skills, including structured learning in the laboratories of clinical affiliated laboratories. 

The program provides the scientific background in hematology, immunohematology, urinalysis, phlebotomy, microbiology, immunology, molecular biology, clinical chemistry, and management necessary for a laboratory career.

This Medical Laboratory Science - Upward Mobility Program at South Dakota State University  will be a good fit if you:

  • Enjoy chemistry and biology
  • Like solving complex problems
  • Are detail-oriented
  • Are interested in caring for people's health
  • Appreciate working with others, as part of a team

Career Opportunities

  • Clinical medical laboratory scientist
  • Clinical specialists (clinical chemistry, hematology, microbiology, immunohematology)
  • Clinical researcher
  • Cytotechnologist


The program is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS)

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details:


  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Human Anatomy and Lab 
  • Physiology and Lab
  • Understanding Medical Laboratory Science
  • Hematology I and Lab
  • Clinical Chemistry
  • MLT to MLS Transitional Experience

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

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    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks.

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    PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) is a language test that enables students to demonstrate their writing, listening, speaking, and reading skills when applying to study in English. Delivered and marked by computer, it reports on a scale between 10 and 90.

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 2.6

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 2.6 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

All pre-MLS Upward Mobility students must submit an online application and all required documents for the professional program. (Applications by fax or email will not be accepted.) Selection is competitive. In order to be considered for admission a student must submit and complete the following:

  • Completion of an associate degree and certification as a CLT/MLT or equivalent.
  • Provision of a signed letter of support from employer, clinical facility fact sheet, and faculty fact sheet for clinical preceptor/liaison.
  • Confirmation of ability to meet the non-academic Essential Functions of the program

Work Experience

  • Documentation of a minimum of 2 years of work experience in a clinical laboratory.

Getting a Student Visa

This is an online programme. You can attend from the comfort of your chair! So you don't need a student visa!

Tuition Fee

  • International

    351 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 351 USD per credit and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    351 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 351 USD per credit and a duration of 48 months.
  • In-State

    351 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 351 USD per credit and a duration of 48 months.
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