Kay Rasmussen, Academic Director
School of Health Sciences
Lee Med 302
86 MAJOR HOURS, 128 MINIMUM DEGREE HOURS
Medical Directors of Affiliated Schools of Clinical Laboratory Science:
Susan Eliason, Rapid City Regional Hospital, Rapid City, South Dakota
James Quesenberry, St. Luke’s College Medical Technology Program, Sioux City, Iowa
David W. Ohrt, Sanford Health, Sioux Falls, South Dakota
Askar Qalbani, Mercy Medical Center, Sioux City, Iowa
Program Officials of Affiliated Schools of Clinical Laboratory Science:
Renee Rydell, Sanford Health, Sioux Falls, South Dakota
Pamela Briese, St. Luke’s College Medical Technology Program, Sioux City, Iowa
Mary K. Smith, Mercy Medical Center, Sioux City, Iowa
Pam Kieffer, Rapid City Regional Hospital, Rapid City, South Dakota
Ruth Paur, School of Medicine and Health Sciences, University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, North Dakota
Clinical Laboratory Science, B.S.
Individuals who enjoy science, like solving puzzles and enjoy working with people may find Clinical Laboratory Science a rewarding career option. It is a career that will provide life-long mobility, flexibility and opportunity. Modern medicine would be impossible without medical laboratory professionals. The Clinical Laboratory Science Program is a part of the School of Health Sciences. A Clinical Laboratory Scientist is the member of the health-care team trained to perform a wide variety of scientific fact-finding tests in the clinical laboratory. These tests encompass the areas of clinical chemistry, clinical microbiology, hematology, clinical urinology, immunology, immunohematology, and molecular diagnostics. The results of these tests are used in the diagnosis, treatment, and, in some cases, prevention of disease. An abundance of employment opportunity exists in hospital laboratories, commercial reference laboratories, private laboratories, public health laboratories, clinics, and research centers. After experience within the field there are opportunities for advancement into management, information technology, consulting and teaching positions. Industry also offers opportunity in the area of sales, public relations, research and development. There are channels for continued academic specialization and advanced degrees that in turn bring further employment opportunities and benefits.
Students spend 3 years on the USD campus completing clinical laboratory science major requirements, university degree requirements, general education, and the fourth year is spent at an affiliated School of Clinical Laboratory Science where students complete their clinical requirements. The program culminates in a Bachelor of Science degree from the USD School of Health Sciences.