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MEDICAL LABORATORY SCIENCES

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For more information contact:
Angela Uhlich • Jack Science Center 220 •
701-224-5669 or 701-323-5482
Angela.Uhlich@bismarckstate.edu
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Cathy Janikowski • Jack Science Center 220 • 701-224-2485
Catherine.Janikowski@bismarckstate.edu

MEDICAL LABORATORY TECHNICIAN
TECHNICAL OR TRANSFER
LIMITED ENROLLMENT


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Program Description
Medical laboratory technicians, under supervision of a physician or medical laboratory scientist, perform general laboratory tests that aid physicians in the diagnosis and treatment of disease.

Goals of the Medical Laboratory Technician (MLT) program are to:
  • Train competent MLTs with the knowledge and skills necessary for entry level proficiency in all areas of
    medical laboratory science
  • Provide a two-year associate degree program for students in North Dakota and surrounding states
  • Operate a program in which a maximum number of credits will fulfill requirements for four-year Medical Laboratory Science programs in North Dakota
Students receive both theoretical and experiential study, including a seven-month rotation through clinical affiliates Sanford Health Laboratory or Northern Plains Laboratory in Bismarck or HolyRosary Healthcare in Miles City, Mont. The curriculum allows a student to meet these employment and transferability goals. BSC's MLT program is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Science, 5600 N. River Road, Suite 720, Rosemont, Ill., 60018-5119. Phone: 773-714-8880.

Preparation
Medical laboratory science is a demanding field. Success depends on self-discipline, self-motivation, self-reliance, integrity and the ability to work independently to solve problems and produce accurate laboratory results under stressful conditions. A strong science background with high school classes in chemistry, biology and algebra is recommended.

Program Requirements
Those completing the curriculum requirements receive an Associate in Science degree and are eligible to write a national board examination to become certified as a MLT.

The MLT program is highly selective and has a limited enrollment. Selection depends upon academic preparation as well as early date of application. Deadline for application is May 1.  Minimum grade requirements for enrollees are 2.00 grade point average in all science and math courses and 2.00 grade point overall.

An interview with program officials is required prior to acceptance into the program. Purpose of the interview is to assist students in making the right career choice, and to design a curriculum plan that will afford him/her the greatest opportunity for success.

Career Opportunities
A critical shortage of clinical laboratory professionals exists throughout the nation. MLTs are in demand in clinical and research facilities, public health laboratories, and blood donor collection and processing centers.

Additional Information
The mission of the Medical Laboratory Technician program is to provide a high quality, learning-centered education in medical laboratory theory and practice that maximizes student learning and makes students partners in their education.

PHLEBOTOMY TECHNICIAN
TECHNICAL
LIMITED ENROLLMENT


Program Description
Phlebotomy is the skill of drawing blood for diagnostic purposes. BSC's two-semester Phlebotomy Technician program provides students with the most comprehensive training possible and keeps pace with the rapidly changing health care environment. Learning is centered on theory and practice. Study consists of one semester of courses at BSC plus a four-week clinical rotation at one of the laboratories of Sanford Health in Bismarck, Mandan, or Dickinson, or at Mid-Dakota Clinic and St. Alexius Medical Center in Bismarck. BSC's Phlebotomy Technician program is approved by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Science, 5600 N. River Road, Suite 720, Rosemont, Ill., 60018-5119. Phone: 773-714-8880.

Preparation
This is a demanding program. Successful students are those who are highly disciplined, self-motivated, self-reliant and capable of working independently. A background in biology is recommended.

Program Goals and Requirements
The goals of the Phlebotomy program are to provide a curriculum which will allow students who successfully complete the program to earn a certificate and be qualified to take a national certification exam. Those completing the curriculum requirements receive a Program Certificate and are eligible to take a national certification exam.

The phlebotomy technician program has a limited enrollment of 10 students per year. Selection depends upon early date of application and academic preparation. Application deadline is May 1 for fall semester and Oct. 1 for spring semester. An interview is required prior to acceptance into the program.

Career Opportunities
Phlebotomists, especially those with certification, are in high demand in clinics, hospitals, nursing homes, and blood donor collection and processing facilities across the nation. Medical laboratories in many states now require phlebotomists to possess a certificate from a nationally approved and recognized program.

Additional Information
The mission of the Phlebotomy Technician program is to provide a high quality, learning centered education in phlebotomy theory and practice that maximizes student learning and makes students partners in their education.

Scope of phlebotomy practice has expanded recently and become a profession within the medical laboratory sciences. The tasks of phlebotomists today go beyond drawing blood. Phlebotomists are required to interpret physicians' orders, use computers to enter patient demographics and send reports, process specimens, and perform point-of-care test procedures in some facilities.

MEDICAL LABORATORY SCIENTIST
TRANSFER

For more information contact:
Deborah Shipman •Jack Science center 201B • 701-224-2458
Deborah.Shipman@bismarckstate.edu

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.

Preparation
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.

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