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UND MLS Summer Practicum Information
It is important that you review all information to prepare you for the next phase of your studies in Medical Laboratory Science. Each section contains specific directions that need to be followed.
On behalf of the faculty and staff of the UND Medical Laboratory Science (MLS) program we are pleased to welcome you to the 12 month professional program.
All students are required to complete all components of the professional program which include:
- Summer Practicum
- Off-campus coursework
- Clinical Practicum
Faculty and Staff
For a listing of the department personnel please review our faculty and staff listing.
Summer practicum orientation will begin at 8:00 AM on Wednesday, May 16, 2018. All classes are located at the UND School of Medicine and Health Sciences, 1301 North Columbia Road, Grand Forks, ND. The orientation room location will be announced at a later date.
During orientation, you will meet faculty, staff, and fellow students who are participating in the 2018-2019 professional program.
Orientation will also cover the following: program policies, procedures, and technology used to complete our on-campus coursework. Lunch will be provided and a group photo will be taken.
University and Program Admission Requirements
MLS Program Essential Functions
Essential Functions represent the non-academic requirements of the program that all students must master to successfully participate in the program and become employable. All students, and therefore, all applicants are expected to:
Vision: be able to read and interpret charts, graphs, and labels; read and interpret instrument panels and printouts, discriminate colors, hue, shading or intensity and clarity, read microscopic material and record results
Speech and Hearing: be able to communicate effectively and sensitively in order to assess and comprehend verbal communication and adequately transmit information.
Motor Functions: Possess all skills necessary to carry our diagnostic procedures; manipulate tools, instruments and equipment; perform phlebotomy safely and accurately; travel to a clinical site for practical experience.
Behavioral Requirements: possess the emotional health required for full utilization of applicant's intellectual abilities; be able to recognize emergency situations and take appropriate action.
Physical Requirements: be able to complete fine repetitive hand movement; twist and bend; handle flammable and infective materials; handle hazardous chemicals and electrical equipment, lift 10 lbs,; maintain prolonged sitting or standing positions; maintain concentration with distracting noises and close proximity to fellow workers; tolerate unpleasant odors, work in a building either above or below ground level; work in an environment without windows; and perform keyboarding.
Critical Thinking: be able to appropriately perform complex interpretative testing.
Professionalism: be able to maintain a professional attitude and appearance.
You must be confident that you can meet the Department of MLS Essential Functions requirements to be successful in this career choice.
University and Program Admission
It may take an extended period of time to process your application to UND. You MUST BE ADMITTED by April 1, 2018.
WCAMLS (NDUS students) admission directions.
WCAMLS (non NDUS students) admission directions.
If you have previously attended UND but did not enroll in course work for Spring 2018, you need to be readmitted.
Students who have never taken a course at UND:
You must apply and be admitted to UND. (Acceptance to the UND MLS program does not mean you have been admitted to UND)
WCAMLS: After you have been admitted to UND, you will need to send an additional official transcript to the UND office of Registrar at the end of Spring semester 2018.
Transfer Course work (non-WCAMLS): Any transfer coursework must have an official transcript submitted to the UND office of Registrar at the end of Spring semester 2018.
All prerequisite courses required for the MLS summer practicum must be completed before May 16, 2018.
Proof of successful completion (a copy of your unofficial transcript) must be submitted to Janna Schill (firstname.lastname@example.org) before May 16, 2018.
Course registration for summer term should be completed by May 1, 2018.
Registration information can be found on the appropriate course registration forms listed below:
Disability Services for Students
A student requesting disability accommodations is expected to register with UND Disability Services for Students, 190 McCannel Hall. 701-777-3425
Once a plan has been devised, contact faculty/staff to request accommodations, discuss medical information, and plan for emergency evacuation.
University ID-May 1st
For students who do not currently have a U Card
Order a University ID (U Card):
- Must be ordered prior to May 1st at the following website: http://und.edu/student-life/ucard/
- You will be required to upload a digital photo when ordering the U Card. Follow the specific instructions included in the form. Please choose "Grand Forks Area" when that option appears.
U Card Distribution:
U Cards will be distributed during student orientation on May 16th.
- A government issued photo ID is required to be issued your U Card.
U Card provides access to:
- SMHS building 24/7, including learning communities
- Campus libraries and other campus services
Students are responsible for arranging their own housing for summer.
On-Campus housing options include resident halls and apartments. Information will be available at UND Housing on April 1st, 2018.
If you are interested in off-campus housing, a good resource is UND Underground.
- In order to apply for UND residence hall assignments, you must be admitted to UND and received your ID number.
- To apply for housing, login to UND's Campus Connection>Student Center>Self Service>On-campus Housing>Applications and Forms>Resident Halls Summer 2018.
- When completing your application, indicate you are affiliated with MLS.
- You will be asked to pay a $60.00 first installment during this online process.
- Assignment emails will be sent out the end of April from the Housing Office.
- Single rooms will be offered based on availability.
- Check-in time for the specified halls begins after 10:00 a.m. and before 10:00 p.m. of your arrival/check-in date.
- UND is able to provide summer housing in the residence halls until 7 p.m. on August 3, 2018, at which time incoming fall students may begin moving into their fall room assignments.
- Extended housing, if available , is provided until August 5, 2018, with checkout by noon.
- Extensions beyond August 5, must be requested in writing and sent to Housing@und.edu.
- Requests must be received by July 23, 2018 for room extensions and are based on availability and may require relocating to a different room and residence hall.
- Subject to availability.
- On-campus apartments may be available to students with a spouse and/or children, students that are 21 years old by the end of the calendar year, or students that have earned 60 university credits (which will be verified).
- Each MLS student must complete an apartment application for an apartment assignment.
- Please print the student application and mail it to the Housing Office with the $60 application fee.
- When applying, please indicate that you are a MLS student on your application and include any names you request as roommates.
- Only one application is required for each apartment request.
- Priority for assignment is based upon the date the application and when required fees are received.
- Apartment Housing is available until August 3, 2018.
Be aware that if you assigned to the Micro CIR (MCIR) from August 13-September 7, 2018, you will need to arrange for extended housing.
It is the student's responsibility to purchase and adhere to UND's parking policies. For further information visit UND Parking Information.
A map of the UND campus is available.
School of Medicine & Health Sciences (SMHS) Floor Plans: See the Visitor Directory inside the South front doors in the atrium on the left side Floor plans and room numbers are displayed in this digital directory.
Map of the cities of Grand Forks, North Dakota and East Grand Forks, Minnesota.
Bills & Fees
You are responsible for all fees/bills for parking, ID cards, housing, or other miscellaneous services that you accrue from UND each semester.
Additional Program Expenses
Students are responsible for the payment of additional program related expenses throughout the summer practicum.
Please review the program expense handout for details.
A physical examination is not required by the UND MLS program. However, a clinical site may require a physical exam.
According to the UND MLS policy, students must provide the program with proof of health insurance before entrance into the professional program.
If you do not have health insurance coverage, United Healthcare currently offers health insurance to UND students. However, the deadline for the summer health insurance is past, and the website will be updated at a later date for Fall 20018 and Spring 2019 sign up.
In addition to health insurance, students are required to submit immunization records by April 13, 2018.
Use this handout to submit documentation.
Textbooks and Course Material
Required Textbooks and Course Manuals
Bring textbooks and notes from previous MLS courses.
Required textbooks will be available for purchase from the UND Bookstore or online.
Course handout packets and a lab Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) manual must be purchased from the UND Bookstore. Individual course packets will be available for purchase one day prior to the start of each class.
See Required materials list for more information.
You are encouraged to purchase textbooks as opposed to renting. The books, lecture notes, and assignments will be used throughout the entire professional program.
Students needing MLS 325L
MLS 325L - Hematology Laboratory
If you have not completed MLS 325L at UND (or a hematology laboratory course approved by the Department of MLS), you will be required to take MLS 325L - Hematology Laboratory at UND. You will receive an email from Samantha Peterson, course instructor, by March 1, 2018 with information about this course.
MLS 325L has required online and on-campus course components. Online course materials will be available no later than April 3, 2018.
If you have not already applied and been admitted to UND, you need to start this process immediately in order to have ample time to complete online components of MLS 325L before the due date of May 7, 2018. You cannot start the online course work until you are admitted to UND.
The on-campus portion for MLS 325L will begin on Monday May 14 at 8:00 AM and conclude by 5:00 PM Tuesday May 15, 2018.
You must successfully complete MLS 325L with a letter grade of C or higher to be eligible for the summer practicum starting on May 16, 2018.
Please email Sam if you have any questions.
Phlebotomists and MLT students
Phlebotomy/Course Challenge-MLS 472 - Pre-Analytical Skills
On-the-job trained (OJT) phlebotomists may challenge three of the minimum of six phlebotomy draws in the MLS 472 course.
OJTs should submit a phlebotomy competencies form verified and signed by their phlebotomy supervisor. See form here: Phlebotomy Competency Form
MLTs are waived from MLS 472, but will need to demonstrate proficiency in phlebotomy to UND MLS personnel. In addition, a clinical competencies form must be completed by a supervisor or MLT program personnel.
MLTs and others waived from phlebotomy procedures are still responsible for the didatic/theory of MLS 472 Preanalytical Skills.
Schedule & Class Format
On campus summer classes will begin on Wednesday May 16, 2018 and conclude on Friday August 3, 2018.
Class times are from 8:00 am to 5:00/6:00 pm each day (with time for lunch on your own).
For a detailed composite summer schedule, click here.
Detailed class schedule will be handed at the beginning of each class.
Each course is taught in a block, meaning you will only be working on one class at a time, except for MLS 472 and MLS 471 where MLS 472 labs and MLS 471 lectures will overlap.*
9:00 a.m. to 4:00/5:00 p.m.--Lecture/Lab
5:00 p.m to 6:00 p.m--Review Session
* review exams
* review lab experience
* work with instructor on new concepts
Students are divided into two groups (Blue/Green). One group will listen to online lectures for 3-4 hours in the morning (following the test/exam/quiz at 8:00 a.m.) while the other is in lab. In the afternoon, the groups will switch. Each week, the goups will rotate. For example:
Morning Lab/Afternoon Lecture
Morning Lecture/Afternoon Lab
*The daily schedule for the MLS 472 and MLS 471 courses will be different than the above schedule.
MLS students are expected to be in attendance during all scheduled hours of class from Wednesday May 16-Friday August 3 2018. Student attendance records are kept.
It is strongly recommended that you do not miss any of the summer session unless absolutely necessary.
Missing one day of class in the summer practicum would be equal to missing one week of classes in a traditional semester.
If you have a known event that requires an absence (i.e. in a wedding party), please complete and submit a request for absence form.
- The Notification of Absence form needs to be emailed to Mary Coleman, summer practicum coordinator, as soon as possible. Once at UND contact the instructor for verification of your absence and the individual instructor's instructions.
- Submitting the form does not guarantee the student will not miss points in a course.
After the SP begins, in the case of an emergency, you must email or call the appropriate instructor and let them know that you will be unable to attend class that day.
Each instructor will determine how to incorporate missed quizzes and/or laboratory assignments into the student’s final grade.
- It is the student’s responsibility to read, obtain notes from other students, and catch-up with the rest of the class.
Wet-laboratory assignments and points will not be able to be made up.
Technology & Supplies
The SMHS is a bring your own device facility. If you have a laptop computer you are strongly encouraged to bring to campus.
Each student, upon admission to UND, is issued a UND email account. It is your responsibility to activate and claim your UND email account.
All email correspondence from UND and MLS program faculty and staff to students is through your UND or NDUS account. It is your responsibility to check it daily throughout the entire professional program.
If you need assistance, please utilize UND's tech support.
UND Learning Management System (Blackboard):
Your Blackboard account is not activated until you activated your UND issued email account. It may take up to 72 hours after activation of email to have your Blackboard login activated.
Blackboard username and password is the same as your UND issued email login and password.
All course content will be provided to students through Blackboard.
Access to Blackboard can be found at https://blackboard.und.edu
You need to have a scientific calculator at various times throughout the summer practicum. Students should have their own calculator as sharing calculators during examinations and laboratory practicals is not permitted.
A color blindness test will be done at UND. If you are color blind this will not exclude you but will make you aware of what colors you cannot detect that pertain to lab testing.
Criminal Background Check Renewal:
The clinical affiliate must have an updated background check completed at the time of the final clinical year.
A renewal of a student’s criminal background check will be completed during the summer practicum orientation on Wednesday May 16, 2018.
Students are responsible for the cost of the renewal. The renewal process is completed online which requires a student to have some form of credit/debit card for payment.
The cost for criminal background check renewal is approximately $35.00.
Drugs of Abuse Screening:
You may be required to take a drug test at any point during the final clinical year. The UND MLS program has a zero tolerance policy for abusing prescription drugs or drugs of abuse. The clinical site may require you to submit to a drugs-of-abuse panel lab test at any time and students must incur the costs.
Laboratory Dress Code & Personal Protective Equipment
Please reference the link below in regards to UND MLS laboratory safety, dress code, and protective equipment. (Dress code outside of lab is more relaxed. For example: shorts and sandles are acceptable while taking morning exams or during review sessions.)
Outstanding UND Balances
If you have an outstanding bill, UND will not allow registration or issue final transcripts for either the Fall 2018 and/or Spring 2019.
If you receive any refund checks from UND, do not cash the check, and notify the UND MLS Department Chairperson, Brooke Solberg of the error.
Registration - Fall 2018
Register for fall semester UND courses (the class course block number is listed with the summer registration information).
Orientation to your Clinical Rotations
Mandatory attendance to an “orientation to clinical sites” will be required near the end of the summer session.
Date(s) and time(s) will be made available on the first day of the summer session.
Couse work/Clinical Practicum
All students are required to complete all components of the professional program. However, dates may vary depending on clinical site schedule.
In addition to the coursework completed from May 16-August 3, 2018, two online MLS courses (MLS 487 - Medical Mycology and MLS 489 - Clinical Body Fluids) need to be completed between August 13 - September 7, 2018. MLS 487 and 489 are courses that are part of the fall semester courses.
The clinical practicum is completed at a healthcare facility.
The clinical practicum calendar does not follow the traditional academic calendar. The following dates are provided to the clinical affiliates as suggested days off. However, your individual site may vary.
- Thanksgiving vacation: November 22-25, 2018
- Winter Break: December 22, 2018 through January 1, 2019
- Spring Break: March 11-15, 2019
- Vacation: April 19-22, 2019
The Microbiology Clinical Intensive Rotation (CIR) is an on-campus clinical rotation. Students participating in the MCIR will spend four additional weeks on-campus at UND from August 13, 2018 to September 7, 2018. Students who are required to complete the UND MCIR are notified when assigned to their specific clinical site.
October 1, 2018 thru May 3, 2019 (Exact dates and times will vary based on assigned clinical affiliate).
- You will be provided a schedule by your clinical affiliate on the first day of your clinical rotation, note the schedule is subject to change.
- You are responsible for working on the bench each day within the assigned rotation.
- You will also be assigned readings and study guides to be completed outside of your assigned clinical hours. The clinical affiliate is not obligated to give you time to study. You are to work on the bench during your clinical experience time and study in the evening and on weekends...approximately 20+ hours per week.
- The clinical rotation has two graded portions:
- The didactic grade is earned from quizzes and exams, the content of these exams is a culmination of objectives, reading assignments, and study guides. Exams must be taken under the supervision of a proctor at your clinical affiliate, during assigned clinical time
- The performance grade will be completed by your clinical affiliate and is converted to a grade. Performance evaluations are provided to the student prior to the rotation so the student is aware of how they will be graded.
Two additional textbooks will be required by the UND MLS program for classes that are completed in the fall 2018 and spring 2019 terms.
MLS 490 - Financial and Quality Management in the Clinical Laboratory
Harmening, Denise, M. Laboratory Management Principles and Procedures. 3rd Edition. St Petersburg, Florida: D.H. Publishing & Consulting, Inc. 2013. ISBN: 978-0-943903-12-5.
MLS 494 - Clinical Immunology
Stevens, CD: Clinical Immunology and Serology: A Laboratory Perspective. 4th Edition. Philadelphia: FA Davis; 2017. ISBN-13: 978-0-8036-44663.
Summer Practicum Information Acknowledgement
You must complete this post-test to acknowledge you have received and reviewed all information related to the 2018 Summer Practicum information.
If you have any questions please feel free to contact the MLS program administrative assistant, MaryBeth McGurran at 701-777-2634 or via e-mail.