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Track in Diagnostic Laboratory Sciences (DLS)

Director of Graduate Studies: Nafees Ahmad,


The Diagnostic Laboratory Sciences (DLS) track or sub-plan of the Applied Biosciences GIDP is designed to prepare students for professional careers in the medical and biotechnology diagnostic industries surrounding in vitro devices (IVDs), a term used to describe medical devices and diagnostic laboratory test methods regulated by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Graduates may seek employment in a wide variety of medical and scientific settings, including the diagnostics and pharmaceutical industries, the biotechnology industry, clinical and translational research units, and government agencies. Emphasis topics may include development of laboratory management skills, acumen in the legal and business environment of the diagnostic and biotech industries, compliance to federal regulations for healthcare or the diagnostic industry, or knowledge of the in vitro device processes and regulations. The track requires that students successfully complete an internship in a medical laboratory, a diagnostic or translational research group, a university compliance office for industry- or agency-funded research, or one of the associated bioscience companies.

Students will work closely with faculty members of the ABS program. These faculty members direct translational research programs, and collaborate with partners in the diagnostic and biotech industries.  Their research involves the development of novel testing methods for disease detection, as well as basic science research programs that investigate mechanisms of disease, characterization of diseases such as cancer and infections, or development of disease interventions such as vaccines and antitoxins.

ABS DLS track and UND MLS Categorical Certificates

If students are motivated towards a career in a hospital laboratory as clinical laboratory scientists, they may discuss options with their faculty mentors to couple their ABS degree with completing a Medical Laboratory Science (MLS) Categorical Program at the University of North Dakota (UND). These Categorical Programs currently offer certificates in Clinical Chemistry (and Urinalysis); Clinical Hematology (including Hemostasis); Clinical Immunohematology (Blood Banking); and Clinical Microbiology. Upon completion of a categorical certificate, you are qualified for employment at the level of a Medical Laboratory Scientists within the specific category or domain. You would also be eligible to sit for the American Society of Clinical Pathology (ASCP) Board of Certification (BOC) exam in the corresponding area. For more information on the MLS program offered by UND, please refer to and contact a UND advisor. More information on clinical laboratory professions is available on and  Please note, however, that MLS programs are NOT administered by the University of Arizona or the ABS GIDP, thus enrollment to any UND MLS program, tuition, curriculum, degree options, MLS certificate requirements or any other aspects of those programs are fully controlled by UND. 

Students who are pursuing a MLS Categorical Program Certificate at the University of North Dakota may transfer in up to 16 units of UND coursework specific to that certificate to be counted as electives towards their PSM-ABS master’s requirements.  This transfer coursework may be undergraduate or graduate level at UND.  The courses that these students may transfer must have the MLS course prefix at UND.

Please note that students who transfer in at least 12 units of coursework from the UND MLS programs cannot use any other transfer coursework, coursework taken at UA in non-degree seeking status, or UA 400-level coursework to be counted towards their ABS degrees.

Please find a list of recommended courses for Diagnostic Laboratory Sciences track from the ABS Student Handbook.

Last updated 10 Feb 2022