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MLS Categorical Certificate Eligibility & Application
The MLS categorical program has two different eligibility routes: Traditional Categorical Program & VA Affiliated Program. Each route has specific eligibility requirements listed below.
Traditional Categorical Program
Eligible candidates for the Traditional UND MLS Categorical Program must meet the following requirements:
- Be employed at a laboratory testing facility that is willing to sponsor your clinical rotations. The site must meet the UND MLS program's minimum competency requirements and complete required paperwork.
- Have completed a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university (a degree with a general science focus - for example Chemistry, Biochemistry, Biology, Microbiology, is recommended).
- A minimum of 20 general science semester credit hours in the areas of biological, chemical, and/or medical sciences.
- Secure an acceptable proctor for portions of online coursework
- Be accepted by the University of North Dakota as an undergraduate student.
VA - Affiliated Program
Eligible candidates for the UND MLS VA-Affiliated Categorical Program must meet the following criteria:
- Be hired for (or applying for) an advertised position of "Student Trainee" or "Pathways Intern" at a VA medical testing laboratory
- Have completed a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university (a degree with a science focus - for example, Chemistry, Biochemistry, Biology, Microbiology, is recommended).
- A minimum of 20 general science semester credit hours in biological, chemical, and/or medical sciences.
- Secure an acceptable proctor for portions of online coursework.
- Be accepted by the University of North Dakota as an undergraduate student
Individuals that meet the above program-specific requirements are eligible for application to the categorical program.
Application deadlines for all programs are as follows:
Summer Semester: March 15
Fall Semester: July 15
Spring Semester: November 15
Admission is contingent upon the candidate meeting program-specific requirements and clinical site availability.
Frequently Asked Questions - Categorical Certificate Eligibility & Admissions
I applied to UND and have not received information about acceptance status yet. What should I do?
If it has been more than 3 weeks since you submitted your application, call the UND Admissions Office (1-800-CALL-UND; ask for Admissions) directly and inquire about the status of your application.
I am an international student (or received my Bachelor's degree from an international institution), do I qualify for admission to the program?
You might! Call the UND Admissions Office (1-800-CALL-UND; ask for Admissions) to find out what you need to do to be able to complete an application to UND. No exceptions can be made - you must follow UND's criteria for evaluation of foreign transcripts.
My potential clinical site has questions about the program. What should I tell them?
See the Clinical Site & Rotation Information section for more details on clinical site requirements.
Who qualifies as a proctor?
Common examples of qualified proctors include: a laboratory supervisor or manager
I am ready to submit my application to the categorical program, but the deadline has passed. What should I do?
Contact the categorical program coordinator, Chris Triske. In certain situations, it may be possible to review applications received after the deadline.
I do not meet one of the admissions criteria for the categorical program. Do I have any options?
Certain admission criteria (such as minimum GPA) can be petitioned. Petitions will be reviewed by the UND MLS Program Professional and Academic Standards Committee. Another option would be to consider our program's 4+1 route. To receive more information on the 4+1 route of study please contact the program advisor, Linda Ray.