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The medical technology student at NSU receives a solid understanding of the basic sciences (biology, chemistry and physics) as well as the clinical sciences (immunology, hematology, cytology and microbiology).

The four-year program requires three years of study on campus followed by a year in a clinical setting.  The senior year is devoted to clinical study and training in a laboratory in one of the following hospitals:  Sioux Valley Hospital, Sioux Falls; Rapid City Regional Hospital, Inc., Rapid City; and Marion Health Center, Sioux City, Iowa.

The well-qualified and enthusiastic faculty members in the medical technology program at Northern, combined with small class sizes, personal attention from instructors, and a hands-on policy with laboratory equipment, give Northern students an edge when applying for senior internships.  In recent years, the medical technology program at NSU has had 100 percent acceptance of its students into the clinical portions of the programs at these hospitals.

Clubs and activities

The NSU Science Club sponsors special lectures and other programs to encourage appreciation of math and science and to give students a chance for less formal interaction with faculty.  The Pre-Health Professionals Network provides a forum for meeting and networking with students, interns and residents, and health professionals.


The Biology Department at NSU runs five teaching and four research laboratories in a newly remodeled building. Recent grants have provisioned the laboratories with state-of-the-art equipment for cell and molecular biology, physiology and fieldwork.

A Major in Medical Technology

As a medical technology major, a student works toward the Bachelor of Science degree.  In addition to the courses required for the major, general education requirements must also be completed.  A 2.8 minimum grade point average is required of all medical technology students at NSU.

 Program Information

Freshman Year Semester Hours
BIOL 151-151L, 153-153L, General Biology 8
CHEM ll2-112L, 114-114L, General Chemistry I & II 8
MATH 102, College Algebra 3
General Education Courses 12
Sophomore Year  
BIOL 221-221L, Human Anatomy 4
BIOL 325-325L, Physiology 4
BIOL 467-467L, Parasitology 3
CHEM 326-326L, Organic Chemistry I 4
CHEM 460-460L, Biochemistry 4
General Education Courses 13
Junior Year  
BIOL 331-331L, Microbiology 4
BIOL 422-422L, Immunology 4
Choose one of the following: 4
     BIOL 371-371L Genetics;  
     BIOL 343/343L, Cell and Molecular Biology  
CHEM 332-332L, Analytical Chemistry 4
MIS 105, Introduction to Computers 3
General Education Courses 13
Senior Year  
Internship 40

Students must meet all general graduation requirements except senior college credits; a minimum 2.8 grade point average is required.

Internship applications should be submitted to the Committee on medical Education (COMTE), which will make every effort to match students with the South Dakota hospital of their choice.  Direct application should be made to out-of-state hospitals with which Northern State University is affiliated.  A transcript must accompany the application.

When Northern State University receives notification of the satisfactory completion of the senior year program from the affiliated hospital laboratory, the student will be recommended for graduation and will receive the Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Medical Technology.

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