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Western College Alliance for Medical Laboratory Science (WCAMLS)
The WCAMLS program is a cooperative program between affiliated college and universities and the University of North Dakota. The first three years of study are completed at a WCAMLS affiliated institution. Students at WCAMLS schools apply for acceptance to complete the final year of study through the University of North Dakota. Upon completion of the final year of study, a student will receive a certificate from the University of North Dakota verifying completion of 12 months of clinical training from a NAACLS accredited program (UND). In addition to the certificate, a student is also eligible for a degree in Medical Laboratory Science, a related major, or a certificate from the WCAMLS affiliated institution.
When a student is registered in 300 and 400 level MLS 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.
Current WCAMLS Affiliated Institutions
Bemidji State University; Bemidji, Minnesota
Northern State University; Aberdeen, South Dakota
Mayville State University; Mayville, North Dakota
Minot State University; Minot, North Dakota
Montana State University-Billings; Billings, Montana
University of Jamestown; Jamestown, North Dakota
University of Mary; Bismarck, North Dakota
University of Minnesota; Crookston, MN
University of South Dakota; Vermillion, South Dakota
University of Wisconsin - La Crosse; La Crosse, Wisconsin
St Cloud State University; St Cloud, Minnesota
Winona State University; Winona, Minnesota
Valley City State University; Valley City, North Dakota
What are the admissions requirements to the WCAMLS Program
Upon successful completion of all required prerequisite coursework, the WCAMLS student applies to UND to complete the second year of the professional program. Program application occurs starting October 1 the year prior to the start of the final year of study. Program applications are due November 1 the year prior to starting the final year of study.
The following guidelines are followed:
- The applicant must have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.80.
- No more than one D in any math or science course.
- Recommendation by their college/university advisor.
Applications will be reviewed by the Medical Laboratory Science Professional and Academic Standards Committee.
Acceptance to the professional program is on a competitive process.
What is the required pre-requisite coursework?
Required pre-requisite coursework includes:
|MLS 234 - Human Parasitology||1*|
|MLS 301 - Immunology||1*|
|MLS 325 - Hematology||1*|
|MLS 325L - Hematology Laboratory||1**|
|MLS 340 - Molecular Diagnostics||1*|
|MLS 336 - Laboratory Calculations||1*|
|MLS 394 - Medical Microbiology||1*|
* available in an online format directly through the UND MLS Program.
** available in a hybrid format with intensive laboratory occurring immediately prior to on-campus summer session.
What factors are used to competitively rank applicants?
Applications are ranked and the following admission factors are considered:
- Overall (Cumulative) GPA
- Science GPA in prerequisite science and math courses including MLS specific courses
- Number of repeated courses in Science, Math, and MLS areas. (Greater than two repeats will result in scoring deductions.)
- Critical Analysis Passage
- A personal statement that directly answers the UND MLS Program Application Personal Statement Questions
- MLS Program Recommendations from an academic advisor at an affiliated WCAMLS institutions.
What information needs to be disclosed on my WCAMLS application?
Some other factors that need to be disclosed at time of application include:
- Previous dismissals and/or suspensions from other institutions of higher education (i.e. community college, university, or college) or from other MLS or MLT programs prior to program application.
- Ability of individual student to meet the Essential Function (Technical Stanard) requirements for the UND Medical Laboratory Science Program.
- Criminal Background Check from the UND MLS program contracted agency.
- Failure to complete the application accurately will result in the application not being considered and the applicant being denied admission.
In addition to application to the UND MLS program, all students will need to be able to meet admission requirements of the University of North Dakota.
Admission to UND does not guarantee acceptance to the UND MLS program.
What is the application deadline for WCAMLS applicants?
Application deadline for WCAMLS students is November 1 in the calendar year prior to the start of the summer practicum experience.
What are the Levels of Admission to the UND WCAMLS program?
Level of admission include Full, Alternate, and Denial Status.
Description of the three different levels of admission are:
Full Admission Status - Applicants are fully admitted as part of the summer practicum cohort. All required pre-requisite coursework will need to be completed prior to beginning coursework that is part of the summer practicum semester.
Alternate Admission Status - Applicant will be advanced to the summer practicum cohort if space becomes available. If advanced, all required prerequisite coursework will need to be completed prior to beginning summer practicum coursework.
Denial Admission Status - Applicant will not be eligible to be part of summer practicum cohort.
When are WCAMLS applicants notified of acceptance?
Applicants will be notified of admission status in December of the calendar year prior to the summer practicum.
All students who are admitted to the UND WCAMLS program must also be able to be admitted to UND.
Applicants are encourage to complete UND application materials in December or January prior to the start of the summer practicum.
How can a WCAMLS student complete a missing prerequisite course?
WCAMLS students who may be missing a prerequisite course are eligible to complete our online courses. WCAMLS students are required to complete ALL prerequisite courses, prior to the beginning courses that are part of the summer practicum schedule.
MLS 325L - Hematology Laboratory is offered in a hybrid format with the course starting late spring prior to the start of summer practicum. An intensive laboratory is part of laboratory which is taught immediately prior to the start of the summer courses. For more information about MLS 325L, please contact the course instructor, Samantha Peterson.
WCAMLS Summer Practicum Information
Students receive a mailed packet of information in February prior to starting an on-campus summer session.
The on-campus summer session begins Mid-May and runs through the second week of August.
The summer practicum is an intensive learning environment in which each student completes a rigorous thirteen credit summer curriculum. Courses consist of lectures and laboratories that prepare each student for an additional two semesters of an assigned clinical internship experience in the Fall and Spring terms immediately following successful completion of the UND MLS program summer coursework.
What is the final year of study for the WCAMLS program?
The WCAMLS curriculum consists of three semesters of study which starts with an on-campus summer session (13 weeks) which is referred to as summer practicum. The on-campus summer session is completed in Grand Forks, North Dakota.
After completion of the on-campus summer session, two more semesters (fall and spring terms) are completed at a clinical affiliate of the UND MLS program.
|Course #||Course Name||Credits|
|MLS 471||Clinical Chemistry I||2|
|MLS 472||Preanalytical Testing||1|
|MLS 473||Clinical Hemostasis I||2|
|MLS 474||Clinical Urinalysis I||2|
|MLS 477||Clinical Immunohematology I||1|
|MLS 477L||Clinical Immunohematology I Laboratory||1|
|MLS 478||Clinical Microbiology I||2|
|MLS 479||Clinical Hematology I||2|
|Course #||Course Name||Credits|
|MLS 480||Clinical Immunohematology II||2|
|MLS 481||Clinical Chemistry II||2|
|MLS 483||Clinical Hemostasis II||1|
|MLS 484||Clinical Microbiology II||2|
|MLS 485||Clinical Urinalysis II||1|
|MLS 488||Clinical Hematology II||2|
|MLS 487||Medical Mycology||1|
|MLS 489||Clinical Body Fluids||1|
|Course #||Course Name||Credits|
|MLS 490||Financial and Quality Management of Clinical Laboratory||3|
|MLS 491||Clinical Chemistry III||2|
|MLS 492||Clinical Immunohematology III||2|
|MLS 494||Clinical Immunology||1|
|MLS 495||Clinical Microbiology III||2|
|MLS 498||Clinical Hematology III||2|
The total number of courses is: 22
Total number of academic credits is: 37
There are special requirements prior to contact with patients and testing of patient specimens. The UND MLS program requires all students enrolled in the final year of study to complete a UND School of Medicine approved background check prior to work with patients. All clinical affiliates require specific immunizations and testing to be completed (or a signed liability waiver) before entrance to the medical facility. Students are responsible for additional costs (above the cost of academic tuition and fees) that include: travel, housing, food, and summer lab course fees during the second year of the professional curriculum.
How can my school become affiliated with UND's MLS program?
If you are an institution who is interested in joining WCAMLS please contact Dr. Ruth Paur for more information.