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Pre-Medical Laboratory Science Program

Medical laboratory scientists provide laboratory information and services needed for the diagnosis and treatment of disease. Medical laboratory scientists use sophisticated instrumentation and testing methods to generate accurate laboratory data needed to detect cancer, heart attacks, diabetes, infectious mononucleosis, and identification of bacteria or viruses that cause infections. Medical laboratory scientists work closely with other members of the healthcare team.

SMSU has a 3+1 program affiliated with Sanford Medical center in Sioux Falls, SD. Students complete 3 years of basic science coursework along with the SMSU liberal education program. The final year is a clinical internship at Sanford medical center that combines classroom education with real life laboratory training using state of the art medical instrumentation. This training prepares students to be certified by the National Accreditation Agency for Clinical Laboratory Science (NAACLS). Acceptance into the clinical internship is competitive. High GPA, demonstration of solid laboratory skills, and good recommendations are critical. Additional research experience is beneficial.

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Southwest Minnesota State University
1501 State St.
Marshall, MN 56258

Course Guidelines

Due to variation in each school’s curriculum, the following is merely a guideline of typical requirements. To determine the exact requirements for each program, the student should work with their academic advisor to review each school to which he/she is applying.

Typical Course Requirements
SMSU Course Number Pre-Requisite courses for Program Semester Credit Hours
Biol 200

Introduction to cellular biology with lab

Biol 287 Sophomore biology seminar 1
Biol 303 Microbiology with lab 5
Biol 305 Anatomy and physiology I with lab 4
Biol 306 Anatomy and physiology II with lab 4
Biol 321 Genetics with lab 4
Biol 461 Immunology 3
Chem 231/232 General Chemistry I and II with lab 10
Chem 351 Organic Chemistry I with lab 5
Chem XXX Additional Chemistry class with lab: analytical or instrumental recommended 4
Math 200 Statistics 3
SMSU Liberal arts program Various courses with the social sciences, humanities, and fine arts


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  • Official High School Transcript(s)
  • ACT or SAT Test Scores

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  • Score a composite of 21 or above on the ACT or 990 on the SAT

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