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UND MLS Summer Practicum Information
On behalf of the faculty and staff of the UND Medical Laboratory Science (MLS) program we would like to welcome you to the 12 month final-professional year of the MLS program at UND. The 12 month program is made up of a summer practicum on campus at UND and a clinical practicum at a variety of healthcare sites in the United States.
It is important that you review all information to prepare you for the next phase of your studies in Medical Laboratory Science.
An orientation to the summer practicum will commence at 8:00 AM on Wednesday, May 17, 2017. All classes are located at the UND School of Medicine and Health Sciences, 1301 North Columbia Road, Grand Forks, ND. Orientation location will be announced at a later date.
During orientation, you will meet faculty, staff and fellow students who are participating in the 2017 summer practicum.
In addition, you will receive an introduction to program policies, procedures, classrooms and technologies utilized to complete our rigorous on-campus coursework. As part of the orientation, we will provide pizza and water for lunch. Also, we will be taken individual and a group photo.
Please read all information listed below for additional details in regards to the summer practicum. (If you would like to print this information out to review, you can click the "Print Icon" in the upper right hand corner.)
Things To Do" and "Be Aware" Of Before Arriving On-Campus For Summer Practicum
All prerequisite courses required for the MLS summer practicum must be completed before May 17, 2017.
Proof of successful completion (a copy of your unofficial transcript) must be submitted to Janna Schill (firstname.lastname@example.org) before May 17, 2017.
It may take an extended period of time to process your application to UND. The goal would be to be admitted by April 1, 2017 at the very latest.
Never applied to UND previously
If you have not previously attended UND, you must apply and be admitted to UND.
Previously attended or been admitted to UND
You will also need to submit an additional official transcript to UND MLS at the end of Spring semester 2017.
If you have previously attended UND but did not enroll in course work for Spring 2017, you need to be readmitted.
Our program has created a handout to help you when applying for transfer to UND.
Please review and use this handout before you apply for UND Admission.
If you are a WCAMLS student Minot State or Valley City State please make sure that you review registration information under "Course Registration."
Course registration for summer term should be completed by May 1, 2017.
Registration information can be found on the appropriate course registration forms listed below:
Tuition & Fees
You are responsible to UND for all fees/bills for parking, ID cards, housing, or other miscellaneous services that you accrue from UND.
All bills need to be paid in full each semester.
If you have an outstanding bill, UND will not allow registration or issue final transcripts for either the Fall 2017 and/or Spring 2018 courses.
Information for WCAMLS Students
If you receive any refund checks from UND, do not cash the check, and notify the UND MLS Department Chairperson, Ruth Paur of the error.
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.
You may apply for UND Housing or find your own housing off campus. Students are responsible for arranging all housing. In addition, students are responsible for the cost of all living expenses (including housing, food, etc.)
Summer Housing information will be posted available at UND Housing on April 1, 2017
- In order to apply for UND residence hall assignments, you must be admitted to UND and received your ID number.
- To apply for housing you must login to UND's Campus Connection>Apply Online>Summer Housing Contract.
- When completing your application make sure you indicated your are affiliated with a group for summer housing from the dropdown box to the right, (i.e.; MLS, REU, Summer School Student, etc.).
- 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.
- Doubles as Singles and Designed 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 4, 2017, at which time incoming fall students may begin moving into their fall room assignments.
- Extended housing, if available , is provided until August 6, 2017, with checkout by noon.
- Extensions beyond August 6, must be requested in writing and sent to Housing@und.edu.
- Requests must be received by July 24, 2017 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).
- Must complete apartment applications for apartments.
- Please print the student application and mail it to the Housing Office with the $35 application fee.
- When applying, please indicate that you are a MLS student on your application and include any names of your 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 4, 2017.
It is the student's responsibility to purchase, display and adhere to UND's parking policies. For further information visit UND Parking Information.
Faculty and Staff
The Department of Medical Laboratory Science program has 10 full-time faculty, 4 staff, and 2 teaching assistants that you will interact with during the summer session.
For a listing of the department personnel please review our faculty and staff listing.
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 Brooke Solberg, course instructor, by March 27, 2017 with information about this course.
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 May 10.
You must successfully complete MLS 325L with a letter grade of C or higher to be eligible for the summer practicum starting on May 17, 2016.
MLS 325L has required online and on-campus course components.
Online course materials will be available no later than April 15, 2017.
The on-campus portion for MLS 325L will begin on Monday May 15 at 8:00 AM and conclude by 5:00 PM Tuesday May 16, 2017.
Please email Brooke if you have any questions.
Health Records Requirements
Students are required to submit proof of immunization and proof of health insurance by April 15, 2017.
To submit proof, please follow the directions listed on this handout.
In addition to submitting appropriate health record information to the UND Department of MLS, student's must also submit appropriate documentation to UND Student Health. UND Student Health proof of immunization requirements need to be submitted separately from the MLS programs requirements.
According to the UND SMHS MLS policy, students must provide the program proof of health insurance before entrance into summer practicum and clinical rotations.
If you do not have health insurance coverage, university health systems may offer health insurance plans.
United Healthcare currently offers health insurance to UND students.
A physical examination will not be required by UND however a clinical site may recommend a physical exam.
Textbooks and Course Manuals
Our program reviews and adopts a list of required textbooks and other materials. Textbooks and other required materials should be purchased at the UND Bookstore.
Required materials include textbooks and additional course materials that may include Powerpoint notes, assignment worksheets, laboratory procedures, etc.
The books, lecture and assignment notes will be used throughout the entire clinical year.
Note: Individual course packets will be available for purchase at the UND Bookstore just prior to the start of each class that is taught unless otherwise notified.
Previous Medical Laboratory Science Course Materials
Bring your MLS textbooks and notes from past courses to the summer practicum. These textbooks and notes include hematology, microbiology, chemistry, laboratory calculations, immunology, etc textbooks.
MLS 472 - Pre-Analytical Skills - Course Challenge
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.
Contact Mary Coleman via email for the 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 material which will be covered again as part of their clinical experience.
Things to Know About Summer Practicum
Schedule & Class Format
On campus summer classes will begin on Wednesday, May 17 and conclude on Friday, August 4, 2017.
Classes times are from 8:00 am to 5:00/6:00 pm each day (with time for lunch on your own).
Each course is taught in a block, meaning you will only be working on one class at a time. When a course ends, a new course will begin. You will be provided with a course-specific schedule at the beginning of each new course.
Most days start with an exam/test/quiz at 8:00 am.
Around 4:00-5:00 pm there is a daily review session where students review exams from that morning; review the lab experience from the day, and work with the instructor on understanding new concepts in preparation for the exam the next morning.
Students are divided into two sections. Section 1 will listen to online lectures for 3-4 hours in the morning (following the test/exam/quiz at 8:00 a.m.) while Section 2 is in lab. In the afternoon, the sections will switch. Each week the section laboratory session times will rotate. For example:
Morning Lab/Afternoon Lecture
Morning Lecture/Afternoon Lab
Detailed class schedule will be handed at the beginning of each class.
Students participating in the Microbiology Clinical Intensive Rotation will spend four additional weeks on-campus at UND from August 15 to September 9, 2016. Students will be notified of CIR participation when assigned to specific clinical sites. Students who are enrolled in the CIR will complete MLS 489 - Clinical Body fluids before starting clinical rotations and MLS 487 - Medical Mycology in April 2017.
Online courses after August 4
In addition to the coursework completed from May 17-August 4, two online MLS courses (MLS 489 - Clinical Body Fluids and MLS 487 - Medical Mycology) need to be completed between August 14 to September 8, 2017. MLS 487 and 489 are courses that are part of fall semester courses.
Students participating in the Microbiology Clinical Intensive Rotation will spend four additional weeks on-campus at UND from August 14 to September 8, 2017. Students will be notified of CIR participation when assigned to specific clinical sites. Students who are enrolled in the CIR will complete MLS 489 - Clinical Body fluids before starting clinical rotations and MLS 487 - Medical Mycology in April 2017.
Students will be notified of CIR participation when assigned to specific clinical sites.
Students who are enrolled in the CIR will complete MLS 489 - Clinical Body fluids before starting clinical rotations and MLS 487 - Medical Mycology in April 2018.
Attendance Class Hours
MLS students are expected to be in attendance during all scheduled hours of class.
Absences during scheduled class times are not allowed. 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 (form is listed under "Request for Absence" sub-topic.
Submitting the form does not guarantee the student will not miss points in a course.
If there is an emergency or an illness that prohibits the student from attending class, it is the student’s responsibility to contact the instructor or leave a message before each day of absence.
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.
Each instructor will determine how to incorporate missed quizzes and/or laboratory assignments into the student’s final grade.
Student class attendance records are kept.
Class attendance records may be reviewed as part of determining the affective domain portion of the student’s evaluation.
If a student absence is lengthy, the MLS Professional and Academic Standards Committee may determine if the student needs to repeat the course the next time the summer practicum is offered (Summer of 2017).
Students are expected to attend all class offerings. Classes are scheduled between 8 AM and 5/6 PM each weekday throughout the entire summer session (May 17 - August 4, 2017).
At the start of each class, the course instructor will provide additional information for expectations in each course.
Notification of Absence
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.
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.
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.
Identification cards (U Cards) give you access to the campus libraries and other campus services.
You U-card gives you access to the SMHS building 24/7 and also to your assigned learning communities (lockers and community kitchens).
They are available at UND U Card Office-UND Memorial Union, 2900 block University Ave, Lower Level, Room 3 by the computer lab. The UND U Card Office is open Mondays–Fridays, 9AM-4 PM. You will need to have a government issued photo id with you to be issued
You will need to have a government issued photo id with you to be issued a UND U Card.
Dress Code & Professional Standards
If you have a latex or nitrile allergy please contact Mary Coleman before you arrive at summer practicum.
Students are expected to maintain a professional appearance in lab, with good hygiene and no or minimal fragrance.
While in the lecture hall for review sessions and testing (quizzes or exams), students may maintain a more casual dress code, (blue jeans or shorts to lecture are acceptable) but please practice good hygiene and use no or minimal fragrance.
Lockers are available in the learning communities on a first-come, first-service basis.
Additional details are outlined in the student dress code and professional standard handout.
Lab Coats & Non-latex Gloves
A fluid resistant, full length white lab coat is required.
Used fluid resistant white lab coats can be purchased from the Medical Laboratory Science Club for $15.00 (contact Mary Coleman) or new fluid resistant white lab coats can be bought at the UND Bookstore or online.
OSHA requires that employees (and therefore students) should not launder lab coats in their home laundry. We will launder the lab coats for you. When you go to your clinical site, they will provide lab coats and launder them for you. Disposable lab coats, cotton lab coats, and blue lab coats are not acceptable.
Nonlatex Gloves will be provided to you. If you have a latex or nitrile allergy please contact Mary Coleman before arrive on-campus.
Unless specified by the course instructor, safety eyewear is required to be worn during all laboratory sessions.
Safety eyewear will be provided to students throughout the summer practicum.
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.
The SMHS is a bring your own device facility. If you have a laptop computer you are strongly encouraged to bring to campus.
Disability Support Services
If you have physical or learning disabilities which may affect your success in this program, please let us know so that we can identify alternative learning tools.
You will also need to have an active file with UND Disability Support Services (1-800-CALL-UND Extension 7-3425) (voice/TDD) for classroom accommodations.
You must be confident that you can meet the Department of MLS Essential Functions requirements to be successful in this career choice.
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.
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.
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 17, 2017.
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.
Each student, upon admission to UND, is issued a UND email account. It is your responsibility to activate and claim your UND email account.
Your UND email account will be used by UND and the MLS program to send you messages, so you must be familiar with how to use it and you need to check it DAILY.
All email correspondence from UND and MLS program faculty and staff to students is through “@und.edu” and it will be YOUR responsibility to check it daily throughout the summer and fall semesters of 2017 and the spring semester of 2018.
Further information is included with your UND admission material.
If you need assistance, please utilize UND's tech support.
UND Learning Management System
Students will access course materials including lectures using the Blackboard LMS.
Courses may not be available to students until immediately prior to the start of each class.
Blackboard username and password is the same as your UND issued email login and password.
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.
Professional Liability Insurance
All MLS students in the UND summer and clinical practicum programs are included in a blanket UND policy.
At the End of Summer Practicum
Textbooks & Notes
Do not discard your lecture/lab notes or sell/return your textbooks.
Keep all textbooks and other course materials for your ENTIRE clinical rotation experience.
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.
Update contact information
Always have your most current information on Campus Connection-update it if necessary.
Provide information as to your fall address and telephone number; permanent address and phone #.
This information should match what you have listed on Campus Connection.
KEEP CHECKING YOUR UND EMAIL ACCOUNT every day throughout the school year. All correspondence from UND and the MLS program will be through your UND email account.
Additional Course expectations
In the time between summer session ending (August 5) and clinical rotations beginning (approximately October 3), students will be assigned to one of two groups with equivalent, but a different order of experiences.
Each student’s designated expectations will be determined based on the clinical site they are assigned.
Section 1 (students completing clinical rotations at a site that performs microbiology testing)
- Aug. 21st-Sept. 15th: Students complete MLS 487-Mycology and MLS 489-Clinical Body Fluids online
- Oct. 2nd – Apr. 28th: Students complete microbiology rotations at their clinical site at some point during this time. You will be notified of specific clinical site start dates after summer practicum is completed.
Section 2 (students completing clinical rotations at a site that does NOT perform microbiology testing)
- Aug. 14-Sept. 8th: Students complete microbiology rotations during a concentrated intensive rotation (CIR) on-campus at UND (times will vary but generally 8:00am-3:00pm is required in lab).
- September 11-28th- Students complete MLS 489 - Clinical Body Fluids online.
- Oct. 2nd – Apr. 28th: Students will complete rotations at their clinical site (other than Microbiology). You will be notified of specific clinical site start dates after summer practicum is completed.
- March-April (exact dates TBD): Students complete MLS 487-Medical Mycology online.
October 2nd, 2016 thru April 28th, 2017 (Exact dates and times will vary based on site).
- You will be assigned a schedule within your clinical affiliate at the first day of clinicals
- You are responsible for working on the bench each day within the assigned rotation
- You will also be assigned reading and study guides to complete after you leave the clinical affiliate. The clinical affiliate is not obliged to give you time to study. You are to work on the bench during your clinical experience time and study in the evening and weekends…approximately 20+ hours per week.
- There are quizzes and exams based off of study guide materials during each rotation. Exams will be taken under the supervision of a proctor at your clinical affiliate, during clinical time.
- Performance evaluations will also be completed by your clinical affiliate and be converted to a grade.
Outstanding UND Balances
Make sure that you do not have any outstanding bills at UND. It is the student's responsibility to make sure all payments are made to the university. Student will not be allowed to register in future coursework or receive a final transcript if bills are left unpaid.
Registration - Fall 2017
Register for fall semester UND courses (class course number are listed on the summer registration information).
Two additional textbooks will be required by the UND MLS program for classes that are completed in the fall 2016 and spring 2017 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. 3rd Edition. Philadelphia: FA Davis; 2010. ISBN-13: 978-0-8036-18914-5.
Give lab coats to Mary Coleman to be cleaned.
Workers compensation insurance may be required by some clinical sites to the cost of the students.
Summer Practicum Information Acknowledgement
You must complete this post-test to acknowledge you have received and reviewed all information related to the 2017 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.