MLT/CLT to B.S. in MLS
The MLS program offers on-campus and online options for students who have educational training as a Medical/Clinical Laboratory Technician (MLT/CLT).
Earn Your MLS Degree 100% Online
The MLT to MLS online route within the UND MLS Program allows experienced working professionals to complete degree requirements while remaining in their current position. The online MLT to MLS route does not require an on-campus component. Our MLT to MLS route advisor, Allison Waswick, works with each student individually to create an unique program of study that is built around each student's needs.
MLT Routes of Study
This route of study is for students who have graduated from a NAACLS accredited MLT program but want to attend classes on-campus in a traditional format. Please refer to the Traditional Route page for further information.
To be eligible for this route, students must meet all of the following criteria:
- Individuals must have earned a degree from a NAACLS accredited MLT program
- Have earned national certification as a MLT/CLT (ASCP or AMT)
- Be employed in a clinical laboratory as an MLT that is willing to sponsor your clinicals
- Students should begin the process of setting up their clinical site with their employer before applying to UND to ensure that a clinical site is available. Students will not be admitted to the program without a clinical site in place. Please email Allison Waswick with questions regarding this process.
- Be accepted by the University of North Dakota as an undergraduate student
All courses are available online with no required on-campus time at UND.
Plan of Study
Students will create an individualized plan of study with the MLT to MLS route advisor. To graduate with a Bachelor of Science degree in Medical Laboratory Science, all plans must include:
- 122 total semester credit hours (including transferred credits)
- 30 semester hours must be completed at UND
- 36 hours of upper level coursework
- Completion of UND's Essential Study Requirements
- Completion of UND MLS Professional Program courses
Transfer of Prior Coursework
The following guidelines are used to assist our program advisor in the evaluation of your MLT educational background:
- Transfer credits may allow the waiver of several science courses in the professional curriculum.
- Each student's record is evaluated and a recommendation is made to UND's Registrar regarding the number of credits to be transferred and the waiver of prerequisite science courses.
- A specific outline for the number of credits that will transfer has been incorporated into articulation agreements with numerous regional technical and community colleges
Admission to MLS Professional Program
Admission is on a competitive basis. Admission to UND does not guarantee admission into the UND MLS Professional Program. The MLT to MLS advisor will work with each student to determine when they are eligible to apply to the MLS Professional Program. For a complete listing of admission policies, please refer to the MLS Undergraduate Handbook.
Application to the professional program must meet the following criteria in order to be eligible to submit a program application:
- Completion of required pre-professional curriculum
- Cumulative GPA of ≥2.8 on a scale of 4.0.
- A maximum of two required pre-professional science and/or math courses with an initial grade of D or F can be repeated before entrance into the MLS Professional Program curriculum
- A maximum of one letter grade of D is allowed to remain on a transcript for either a required pre-professional math or science course.
- A final grade of C or higher must be earned in all required pre-professional MLS courses
- A maximum of one required pre-professional MLS course can be repeated
- No previous dismissals from MLT/CLT or MLS/CLS/MT program coursework.
Frequently Asked Questions
Example of MLT Program Articulation
The UND MLS program has active articulation agreements with several MLT programs. The articulation agreement is created to assist students with transferring of coursework from an accredited MLT program to UND. If your NAACLS accredited MLT program would like to articulate with the UND MLS program please contact:
Dr. Brooke Solberg
UND MLS Program Director
Active articulation agreements can be found on the UND Registrar's website.
Allison Waswick, MS, MLS(ASCP)CM
Assistant Professor, Dept. of Medical Laboratory Science
University of North Dakota School of Medicine & Health Sciences
1301 N. Columbia Road Stop 9037
Grand Forks, ND 58201
P: 701.777.6744 (Can send and receive text messages)