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Mayo Cohort Program Information
The UND MLS Program and the Mayo Clinic have had a joint educational venture since 2001. This unique program blends an online MLS curriculum delivered by faculty at UND with on-site intensive laboratory training sessions and clinical rotations at Mayo Clinic. The program has been developed to allow working laboratory professionals, employed at the Mayo Clinic, to complete an MLS program that allows graduates to be eligible for board certification as a medical laboratory scientist. The program has been designed to be completed around work hours, with no outside travel required.
When a student is registered in 300 and 400 level courses, a specific MLS tuition is assessed. Additional information is available in the Medical Laboratory Science Program office, 1301 N Columbia Road, Grand Forks, ND, 701-777-2634 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Cohort students are eligible for Mayo tuition reimbursement program
- Each student's program of study is tailored to meet their specific needs.
- Lectures are available online, 24/7, student's listen to lectures when it is convenient for them.
- Laboratory sessions take place in Stabile 3-50, Mayo's MLS program teaching laboratory.
- The Mayo Cohort Program is accredited by NAACLS as part of UND's MLS programs' accreditation.
- Cohort students generally score higher than the national average on the ASCP BOC MLS examination.
- Nearly 100 Mayo students have graduated with either a BS in MLS or MLS certificate since the cohort program started.
- Cohort graduates have enhanced marketability, leading to new career opportunities within the Mayo laboratory system.
- The cohort program has been strongly endorsed and supported by Mayo Clinics Department of Lab Medicine.
- Only the UND MLS cohort program allows a Mayo employee to continue working while pursuing a B.S. in MLS or certificate.
- Currently over 100 Mayo employees are active in the program ensuring it will be supported by both the Mayo Clinic and UND for years to come.
Schedule an onsite academic advising session at Mayo Clinic with Bob Porter or Chris Triske. During your academic advising session we will answer any questions you have and review your unofficial transcripts. To receive an email flyer about upcoming advising sessions that will be held on-site at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, please contact Bob or Chris to be added to the Mayo Cohort email listing.
Alternatively, fax or email your questions along with unofficial college transcript(s) to Bob Porter for an unofficial transcript review.
Apply to UND
To apply, visit: http://go.und.edu/
This site has informational links for transfer students, online application, etc.
- Non-refundable Fee of ~$35.00
- Be sure to indicate your Academic Major as Medical Laboratory Science (BS MLS)
- Official Transcripts must be sent directly from all previous colleges to the UND Admissions Office
- Your admission data will not be available to the MLS program until you have been completely matriculated (processed) into the UND system (takes approximately 4-6 weeks).
- Once assigned an EMPL ID# (UND Student ID#), please email it to Bob Porter so he can be assigned as your academic advisor in UND Campus Connection and have access to your transfer credit data
Mayo Cohort Routes of Study
- Same as 2+2 Route with modified plan of study.
- Interpersonal Communications (COMM 212) and Preanayltical Testing (MLS 472) are waived.
- Certified (ASCP) MLT's/CLT's with at least three years generalist experience may also be eligible to complete a three credit review course (MLS 464) their last semester instead of the traditional eleven-credit study guide format provided the following criteria have been met:
- Generalist experience
- Generalist experience must including working in all four major areas of MLS (Immunohematology, Microbiology, Hematology, and Clinical Chemistry)
- Final eligibility will be determined by review of the student's competency checklist and past work experience; as well as, approval by the Mayo Cohort Coordinator and/or MLS committee decision.
- MLT's/CLT's that are not ASCP certified or equivalent will be required to complete the traditional eleven-credit study guide format
Enrolling in UND MLS Cohort Courses
Special Mayo Cohort MLS Class numbers must be obtained before the start of every semester from Bob Porter or Chris Triske, as they are NOT listed or searchable in UND's Campus Connection.
To enroll in MLS courses once the Mayo Cohort Class numbers are obtained from Bob or Chris, you will need to login to Campus Connection.
Things to Consider:
- You will need a Campus Connection User ID and Password, which will be sent to you by the UND's Admissions Office when you apply.
- MLS course numbers (i.e. MLS 394) searchable in Campus Connection are not the same as the cohort specific class numbers that you must obtain from Bob Porter or Chris Triske.
- You will need to review the UND MLS Undergraduate Handbook and return the Student Signature Page to Bob or Chris.
Starting your MLS Courses
Items to complete before the start of each semester (when taking a UND MLS course):
- Review the textbook requirements for your MLS course.
- You must find a proctor and enter the information into the UND MLS Program Proctor Database .
Proctor Guidelines / Database Information
- A proctor account for each student must be created before you can submit your information. If this is your first semester taking a UND MLS course, please contact Mary Beth McGurran with your Blackboard username so she can set-up your account.
- A proctor cannot be related to the student, be a personal friend or acquaintance, pre-MLS or a current MLS student, or general coworker. A proctor should be an administrator, educational instructor or specialist, librarian, healthcare supervisor, or an administrative assistant.
- Mayo proctors forfeit eligibility to enroll in either the UND MLS Cohort program or the UND MLS Categorical certificate program(s).
- MLS courses are delivered using Blackboard.
General course information:
- MLS courses are made available in Blackboard the first full day of classes each semester at UND.
- You can review your current grades for the course under My Grades in Blackboard.
- Instructors will email course information, updates, and other correspondence solely through your UND issued email account. More information on how to access your UND issued email can be found on the CILT support page for students.
Senior Semesters (MLS 400 Level Courses) Information
Guidelines for the final 35 credits of study:
Complete the Competency Checklist Form.
- The checklist is required by all students prior to starting their senior (last 35 credits) semesters.
- The checklist is used to indicate the level of performance a cohort student has already achieved for each of the following major areas of the laboratory:
- Body Fluids
- Hemostasis (Coag)
- Immunohematology (Blood Bank)
- A clinical supervisor must complete the checklist form by checking the appropriate column (highest level attained) following an assessment of the cohort student's past work history.
Senior Semester Layout (Example of five Senior Semester Course Layout):
- Senior courses (MLS 400-level courses) are divided into five semester blocks.
- Semester blocks are independent of each other, so a student may start senior courses in either the fall, spring or summer terms.
- At least one summer semester is required.
- "Reduced Load" - a student may choose to enroll in fewer courses per semester, and extend their senior program of study beyond five semesters.
Intensive Laboratory Sessions:
- There are three mandatory senior intensive laboratory sessions in which all students must attend.
- Intensive laboratory sessions are designed to take place over a one to two-week period.
- Intensive laboratory sessions are offered only one time per semester at set dates and start times.
- Intensive laboratory start times are usually scheduled to begin at 4:00 p.m; however times may vary.
- Intensive laboratory sessions are taught by UND faculty in the Mayo MLS student laboratory in the Stabile building.
- Students must make their own arrangements with departmental supervisors for time off to attend mandatory laboratory sessions.
Clinical Intensive Rotations (CIR's):
- There are four mandatory core clinical rotations that corresponds to a specific MLS course (MLS 491, 492, 495, 498).
- Clinical intensive rotations are taught by Mayo Education Specialists using a combination of student laboratory and Mayo's Clinical Labs.
- CIR's for MLS 491, 495, and 498 take place over a one to two week period.
- CIR for MLS 492 takes place over a period of 2-6 weeks.
- All CIR's are only offered on designated dates and starting times.
- Students must make their own arrangements with departmental supervisors for time off to attend all CIR's.
Abbreviated Clinical Rotations:
- Two mandatory, abbreviated rotations are required in phlebotomy and special coagulation.
- Abbreviated clinical rotations are taught by Mayo education specialists in their respective laboratories.
- Abbreviated clinical rotations have designated dates and starting times.
- Students must make their own arrangements with departmental supervisors for time off to attend abbreviated clinical rotations.
Study Guide Courses
- Mandatory didactic coursework is required for MLS 480, 481, 483, 484, 485, 488, and 494. These courses are always taken in a students' final semester.
- Completion of course materials in the study guide courses help prepare students for taking their national board certification exam.
UND Final Comprehensive Examination
- Upon completion of study guide courses, MLS students are required to take the UND MLS Program Final Comprehensive Examination.
- A student will not be eligible for the ASCP Board of Certification MLS exam until the UND MLS Program Final Comprehensive Examination has been completed.
Program Contact Information:
Bob Porter, MS, MLS (ASCP)cm
Mayo Cohort Coordinator
University of North Dakota MLS Program
Department of Medical Laboratory Science
1301 N Columbia Road Stop 9037
Grand Forks, ND 58202-9037
Phone (701) 777-2647
Chris Triske, MS, MLS (ASCP)cm
Mayo Cohort Co-Coordinator
University of North Dakota MLS Program
1301 N Columbia Road Mail Stop 9037
Grand Forks, ND 58202-9037
Phone: (701) 777-3575
Fax: (701) 777-2404