Medical Laboratory Science
Winona State University offers a traditional 3 + 1 year program where students spend three years at WSU followed by an additional year at one of our clinical affiliates.
Once students have completed program requirements at both WSU and an affiliate, an MLS degree will be conferred by Winona State University.
Clinical Affiliate Placement
The program at WSU works in conjunction with several accredited medical internship affiliates:
- Edward Hines Jr. VA Hospital (Hines, Illinois)
- Mercy College of Health Science (Des Moines, Iowa)
- Hennepin County Medical Center (Minneapolis, Minnesota)
- Allen College (Waterloo, Iowa)
- University of North Dakota (Grand Forks, North Dakota)
- Mayo Clinic (Rochester, Minnesota)
It should be noted that affiliate programs are competitive. MLS students must apply and be accepted. Students should plan for a GPA of 2.75 or higher for affiliate consideration.
While enrolled at an affiliate, students complete a sequence of courses, generally three years of classes at Winona State University followed by one year off campus at an accredited medical affiliate institution.
At the clinical affiliate, students complete additional classes and rotate through areas within the medical laboratory.
Once all requirements are complete, a Bachelor of Science in Medical Lab Science is conferred by WSU.
Passing the National Exam
All Medical Laboratory Scientists must complete the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) Board of Registry Exam.
With a degree in Medical Laboratory Science, you are eligible for employment as Medical laboratory scientists once you pass this exam.