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 the Professional Year, or their final year of study, through the University of North Dakota. Upon completion of the Professional Year, 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.
WCAMLS Affiliated Institutions
- Bemidji State University; Bemidji, Minnesota
- Northern State University; Aberdeen, South 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
Coursework and Application Process
|General Biology I & Laboratory||1|
|General Biology II (or equivalent)||1|
|General Chemistry I & Laboratory||1|
|General Chemistry II & Laboratory||1|
|College Algebra (or higher)||1|
|Anatomy & Physiology I (or just Anatomy)||1|
|Anatomy & Physiology II (or just Physiology)||1|
|Upper-Level Science Elective*||2|
Other MLS Course Components (can be stand-alone courses, or incorporated in another course)
* Typically: Microbiology, Organic Chemistry, Analytical Chemistry, Molecular Biology,
Cell Biology, Genetics, or other advisor-approved science course
**Available in an online format directly through the UND MLS Program
+ Included in UND course MLS 334- Introduction to Clinical Microbiology
++ Included in UND course MLS 226- Introduction to Clinical Immunology & Molecular Diagnostics
Program application begins September 1 the year prior to the start of the final year of study. Program applications are due October 1.
- Cumulative GPA of at least 2.80.
- No more than one D in any math or science prerequisite course.
- No letter grade of D or F in any MLS course.
- A recommendation from the applicant's college/university advisor.
- Completion of required prerequisite coursework.
Applications will be reviewed by the Medical Laboratory Science Admissions Committee.
Acceptance to the professional program is on a competitive process.
Applications are ranked and the following admission factors are considered:
- Overall (cumulative) GPA
- 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
Other factors 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 Standard) 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.
Application deadline for all students is October 1 in the calendar year prior to the start of the final year of study.
Levels of Admission
Full Admission Status
Applicants are fully admitted as part of the professional program. All required pre-requisite coursework will need to be completed prior to beginning the final year of study at UND.
Alternate Admission Status
Applicant will be advanced to the professional program if space becomes available. If advanced, all required prerequisite coursework will need to be completed prior to beginning the final year of study at UND.
Denial Admission Status
Applicant will not be eligible to begin the final year of study at UND.
Notice of Admission
Applicants will be notified of admission status in December of the calendar year prior to the final year of study.
All students who are admitted to the UND WCAMLS program must also be able to be admitted to UND.
Applicants are encouraged to complete UND application materials in December or January prior to the start of the final year of study.
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 the final year of study at UND.
Professional Year Coursework
Final Year of Study
Upon successful completion of the required prerequisite coursework, the student advances into final year of study.
The final year of the professional curriculum consists of a three semester course of study with a total of 39 credits which includes online summer courses, a fall semester of in-person laboratory and lecture, and rotations at an assigned clinical affiliate during the spring semester. The in-person fall semester is completed in Grand Forks, North Dakota.
Summer Semester (Online)
|Course #||Course Name||Credits|
|MLS 411||Clinical Chemistry I||2|
|MLS 412||Clinical Hematology & Hemostasis I||3|
|MLS 413||Clinical Immunohematology I||2|
|MLS 414||Clinical Microbiology I||3|
|MLS 415||Clinical Urinalysis & Body Fluids I||2|
|MLS 416||Clinical Immunology & Molecular Diagnostics||1|
Fall Semester (On-Campus)
|Course #||Course Name||Credits|
|MLS 420||Clinical Laboratory Operations||2|
|MLS 421||Clinical Chemistry II||2|
|MLS 422||Clinical Hematology & Hemostasis II||3|
|MLS 423||Clinical Immunohematology II||2|
|MLS 424||Clinical Microbiology II||3|
|MLS 425||Clinical Urinalysis & Body Fluids II||2|
Spring Semester (Clinical Rotations at Assigned Clinical Affiliate)
|Course #||Course Name||Credits|
|MLS 431||Clinical Chemistry & Urinalysis III||2|
|MLS 432||Clinical Hematology & Hemostasis III||2|
|MLS 433||Clinical Immunohematology III||2|
|MLS 434||Clinical Microbiology III||2|
|MLS 449||Capstone in MLS||3|
|MLS 450||Advanced Clinical Applications in MLS||1|
Total number of courses: 18
Total number of academic credits: 39
Interested in WCAMLS?
If you are a student or institution who is interested in joining WCAMLS please contact:
Heather Gilbert, MS, MLS(ASCP)CM
Assistant Professor, WCAMLS Coordinator