Medical Laboratory Science

  • Major

Program Details

Medical Laboratory Science is ideal for students who are interested in the medical field, but don’t want to invest in as much schooling as a doctor.

Our program focuses on creating flexible learners. That means we provide a broad background in science, complemented by the coursework and laboratory experience necessary to succeed in your clinical studies. Following graduation, you’ll be prepared to work in clinic labs and hospitals, collecting and analyzing blood and other material to produce test results.

How our program works

Students who major in Medical Laboratory Science attend University of Jamestown to complete academic requirements and then transfer to an affiliated institution to obtain hands-on professional training. We offer two options for MLS students:

  1. Option 1: Three years at University of Jamestown to complete prerequisite coursework and general education requirements followed by 12 months of specialized clinical training.
  2. Option 2: Four years at University of Jamestown to complete a Bachelor of Science degree (biochemistry, biology, or chemistry) followed by 12 months of specialized clinical training.

To help make the transition to another institution seamless, we have a dedicated contact person at University of North Dakota who follows your progress and acts an intermediary.

Why UJ?

  • Small class sizes and labs allow for more personalized support and discussion.
  • New buildings feature state-of-the-art labs.
  • Project-oriented experiments and research opportunities provide hands-on experience.
$12.49 million

In scholarships, grants, and waivers

This is the amount awarded to students in the 21-22 year.



Due to our rigorous coursework, our biology graduates average in the 84th percentile for the Major Field Test (a national standardized exam that assesses knowledge and understanding of students in a specific major).


Diverse student population

UJ has more than 1,000 undergrad students from roughly 30 states and 15 countries.

Gain real-life experience.

There is high demand for individuals trained in medical laboratory science. Upon graduation, you’ll be ready to work in a lab. That’s because our MLS students gain professional experience beyond the classroom through:

Laboratory Work

To promote active learning, almost every course has a lab component. You’ll practice in experimental design, hypothesis testing, and learn how to work collaboratively. These labs are taught by UJ professors—never grad students—so you can get personal attention from your instructor.


More experience = a better career! Our community support helps you gain professional development opportunities. That means you’ll be able to work in local clinics, while also earning credit towards your degree.


Course Title Credits

Math 113

Pre-Calculus or higher


Chem 133

General Chemistry I


Chem 134

General Chemistry II


Biol 150

Introduction to Biology I


Biol 151

Introduction to Biology II


Biol 208

Human Anatomy & Physiology I


Biol 209

Human Anatomy & Physiology II


Biol 216



Biol 305

Cell Biology


Biol 335



Chem 343

Organic Chemistry I


Chem 344

Organic Chemistry II


Plus 3 online courses from UND:

Course Title Credits

Mls 234

Human Parasitology


Mls 325



Mls 325L

Hematology Lab


Total Semester Credits Required: 50

Our Faculty

You’ll get to know faculty, both in and outside of the classroom, from day one. Click a profile below to learn more about faculty research and the courses they teach.

Jakob Barnard, PhD

  • Chair of Computer Science and Technology
  • Assistant Professor
  • Director of Online Technology Programs

Jim Bear

  • Assistant Professor of Teacher Education

Michael Brizek

  • Director of Online Business Programs
  • Professor of Business Administration

Wendy Hager

  • RN - BSN Program Director
  • Instructor of Nursing

Brenda Kaspari

  • Master of Arts in Leadership Program Director
  • Assistant Professor
  • Director of Online Undergraduate Programs

Heidi Larson

  • Director of Career Services and Experiential Education
  • Associate Professor

Kathryn Lemm

  • Associate Professor
  • Assistant Track Coach (Throws)

Katie Webster

  • Residence Life & Public Safety Coordinator
  • Nursing Administrative Assistant

Benjamin Wolden, DPT

  • Director of the Clinical Certificate/Elective Track
  • Assistant Director of Clinical Education
  • Assistant Professor

Tuition and Financial Aid

We believe every student, regardless of their financial situation, should have access to a UJ education. 100% of our full-time undergraduate students have some type of financial aid, with scholarship packages starting at $8,000 minimum. Your counselor for admissions personally walks you through financial aid, including the process of filing a FAFSA, maximizing your eligibility for aid, and answering any questions you may have along the way.