Online Master's in MLS Program
Are you a laboratorian that is ready for a new challenge?
Do you want to be a leader and advocate for the laboratory profession? Do you want to pursue an advanced degree but can't afford to re-locate and/or need to continue working throughout your studies? If so, the University of North Dakota (UND) Department of Medical Laboratory Science (MLS) might have the degree program for you.
MS in MLS Degree Program
The UND Department of MLS offers an online graduate program leading to the Master of Science (MS) degree in MLS. The MS in MLS degree program at UND is designed to accommodate students who are simultaneously working as laboratory professionals during their studies—all coursework is delivered online, there are no required on-campus visits. Course scheduling is flexible with few, if any, required meeting times throughout a semester.
The MS in MLS degree program focuses on developing and preparing future leaders, educators, managers, and scholars for the laboratory science profession.
- The curriculum ensures a generalist focus with core courses that emphasize content expertise in the major laboratory testing areas.
- Foundations courses aim to build skills in communication, leadership, professional advocacy, research, and problem solving.
- Elective courses allow students to customize their degree plans in specialized areas such as education and management.
- Culmination of the degree occurs with comprehensive exams and an Independent Study project that allow students to apply skills and knowledge gained throughout the program in a meaningful, individualized manner.
- Students typically take an average of 2.5-3 years to complete coursework.
The mission of the he University of North Dakota School of Medicine & Health Sciences (SMHS) Medical Laboratory Science (MLS) Department is to educate laboratory professionals to meet the healthcare needs of the state, region, and nation. The Department is dedicated to providing students with the knowledge and skills necessary to succeed as practicing professionals.
MS in MLS Program Mission
The mission of the Master of Science in Medical Laboratory Science program at the University of North Dakota is to generate and disseminate an advanced scholarly curriculum through distance and on-campus courses to baccalaureate degree holding, certified medical laboratory science professionals through the state, nation, and world.
The curriculum is designed to prepare graduates for leadership roles in education, consulting, and healthcare administration.
Students will understand the role of the clinical laboratory in producing positive patient outcomes, and be able to communicate that role within a team of healthcare professionals.
Goal 1 Objectives
- Recognize how the laboratory is involved with the diagnosis and management of common health issues
- Relate and apply advanced laboratory knowledge to the evolving practice of medical laboratory science
- Devise techniques to disseminate laboratory-related information to healthcare professionals
Students will be prepared to identify, critically assess, and/or problem solve issues related to professional practice in the field.
Goal 2 Objectives
- Detect and examine issues and/or trends related to the profession
- Research issues and/or trends related to the profession utilizing scholarly methods and references
- Propose potential solutions for issues and/or trends in the profession
- Predict ramifications of potential solutions for issues and/or trends in the profession
Students will demonstrate knowledge of an advanced scholarly curriculum that encompasses the scope of practice in medical laboratory science.
Goal 3 Objectives
- Review theory related to practice in the medical laboratory
- Develop expanded knowledge of theory related to practice in the medical laboratory
- Examine current testing methodologies and practices in the medical laboratory
- Utilize theoretical knowledge to investigate and/or troubleshoot realistic scenarios
Students will strengthen professional communication skills to be utilized across multiple topics or disciplines.
Goal 4 Objectives
- Synthesize advanced-level documents, presentations, and/or dialogue
- Utilize scholarly references that have been assessed for quality to support communication
- Display appropriate communication with fellow students, faculty, and healthcare professionals