Medical Laboratory Science

The medical laboratory science program is designed to furnish you with a liberal arts education and the skills required to serve as a medical lab scientist. The program is based upon three years of college preparatory work and one year in clinical, professional training at one of several hospital-based programs affiliated with Northwestern College. Upon satisfactory completion of the four years of study, you will receive a Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in medical laboratory science. (You may elect to spend four years at Northwestern before entering the clinical year, a so-called 4+1 program.) At the conclusion of the program, a national registration examination is taken, leading to certification in medical laboratory science. A certificate of completion will be issued by the affiliated hospital-based school.

As a medical laboratory science student, you must fulfill all of Northwestern College’s Bachelor of Arts degree requirements, and a minimum of 96 credits must be earned at Northwestern. Additionally, between 30 and 40 credits are received for the course work completed while enrolled in the hospital-based clinical program. Courses in anatomy, biochemistry, computer science, statistics, physics, communication (speech), management, psychology, parasitology and education are also recommended. A minimum of 96 credits must be earned with a minimum grade point average of 2.80 for admission into the clinical year. The clinical year of professional study at an affiliated hospital includes the following courses:

Clinical Chemistry 6-12
Clinical Hematology 5-8
Clinical Immunohematology 3-6
Clinical Immunology 2-5
Clinical Microbiology 6-12
Clinical Urinalysis/Microscopy/Body Fluids 1-3

Northwestern College is affiliated with hospital-based schools of medical laboratory science located at:
Mercy Medical Center
Sioux City, Iowa

St. Luke’s Regional Medical Center
Sioux City, Iowa

Sanford Health
Sioux Falls, South Dakota

Applications to the hospital-based programs are usually made early in the academic year preceding the clinical year. The application deadline is October 1. Specific information regarding each hospital program, including application deadlines and procedures, credit hours awarded by each hospital program, fees, and other information is available from the coordinator on Northwestern’s campus. You must register at Northwestern in order to receive financial aid. An administrative fee is charged for all off-campus programs. Northwestern does not charge tuition for the year of professional training. Costs vary with each hospital-based program. If you're interested in careers in medical laboratory science, consult with the coordinator for this program at the earliest possible time. Program Coordinator: Tim Lubben

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Major requirements

BIO 115 - General Biology: Molecular and Cellular Biology
(4 credits) General Biology I emphasizes the unity of life, examining the processes common to living organisms, and introduce the diversity of life, examining unicellular organisms. This introduction will provide students with a basic understanding of macromolecules, cell structure and function, respiration and photosynthesis, the cell cycle, meiosis, the relationship between gene structure and function, mechanisms of evolutionary change and Christian perspectives on evolutionary biology.A fee is associated with this course.(http://www.nwciowa.edu/tuition/fees)
BIO 202WI - Genetics
A fee is associated with this course (http://www.nwciowa.edu/tuition/fees).
BIO 203 - Microbiology
(4 credits)A study of the morphology and physiology of microorganisms with special emphasis on bacteria and viruses. Those organisms that have an economic or medical importance will be highlighted, and basic laboratory techniques will be stressed.Prerequisites: BIO115, 116 and CHE101, 102 or CHE111, 112.There is a fee associated with this course (http://www.nwciowa.edu/tuition/fees).
BIO 222 - Human Physiology
(4 credits)A study of the mechanisms by which the human body functions. Emphasis will be given to nerve and muscle function, and thereafter to hormonal control and the integrated systems that allow for respiratory, digestive, excretory and reproductive activities.Prerequisites: BIO102 or 115 and CHE101, 102 or CHE111, 112 or permission of instructor. A fee is associated with this course (http://www.nwciowa.edu/tuition/fees)
BIO 315WI - Immunology
CHE 315 - Instrumental Analysis
(4 credits; alternate years, consult department)A study of the theory and operation of common laboratory instruments. Topics include: infrared, visible and ultraviolet spectroscopy; atomic absorption and emission spectroscopy; nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy; mass spectrometry; gas and liquid chromatography; electrochemical methods.Prerequisite: CHE211. A fee is associated with this course (http://www.nwciowa.edu/tuition/fees).
CHE 321 - Organic Chemistry
(4 credits)The study of carbon compounds and their functional groups, including nomenclature, synthesis, reactions, structures, mechanisms and spectroscopic analysis.Prerequisites: CHE102 or 112 or permission of instructor. A fee is associated with this course (http://www.nwciowa.edu/tuition/fees).
CHE 322 - Organic Chemistry
(4 credits)A continuation of the study of carbon compounds and their functional groups, including nomenclature, synthesis, reactions, structures, mechanisms and spectroscopic analysis.Prerequisite: CHE321. A fee is associated with this course (http://www.nwciowa.edu/tuition/fees).
MAT 208 - Biostatistics
No course description available.
Choose one course: 4
BIO 326x - Biochemistry:Proteins and Metabolism
(4 credits)A fundamental course surveying biomolecules, catabolism, bioenergetics and biosynthesis. Prerequisites: CHE321 and 322. A fee is associated with this course (http://www.nwciowa.edu/tuition/fees).
CHE 326x - Biochemistry: Proteins and Metabolism
(4 credits)A fundamental course surveying biomolecules, catabolism, bioenergetics and biosynthesis. Prerequisites: CHE321 and 322. A fee is associated with this course (http://www.nwciowa.edu/tuition/fees).
Choose one sequence: 8
CHE 101 - College Chemistry
(4 credits)An introductory course in inorganic chemistry. The treatment of topics is predominantly descriptive and the content is especially suited to meet the needs of students whose programs require only one year of chemistry. A fee is associated with this course (http://www.nwciowa.edu/tuition/fees).
CHE 102 - College Chemistry
(4 credits)An introductory course in organic and biological chemistry. The content is especially suited to meet the needs of students whose programs require only one year of chemistry.Prerequisite: CHE101. A fee is associated with this course (http://www.nwciowa.edu/tuition/fees).
CHE 111 - General Chemistry*
(4 credits)An introductory course in chemistry that emphasizes physical and inorganic concepts, problems and calculations. Topics include chemical reactions, stoichiometry, properties of gases, thermochemistry, theories of atomic structure, and chemical bonding. The general chemistry sequence (Chemistry 111 and Chemistry 112) is recommended for students with good math / science preparations who intend to proceed to advanced courses in chemistry, the biological sciences or engineering.Prerequisites: high school chemistry and ACT math and natural science scores above the 74th percentile. A fee is associated with this course (http://www.nwciowa.edu/tuition/fees).
CHE 112 - General Chemistry
(4 credits)A continuation of Chemistry 111. Topics covered include kinetics, thermodynamics, chemical equilibria, acid-base chemistry and nuclear chemistry.Prerequisite: CHE111 or consent of the instructor. A fee is associted with this course (http://www.nwciowa.edu/tuition/fees).

Total credits required: 48

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