B.S. in M.L.S. (4+1 Route)
The M.L.S. program offers a 4+1 curriculum plan designed for individuals who have a bachelor's degree in another field.
An individual is eligible for this program if they have earned a B.S. or a B.A degree from a regionally accredited institution. If a student also meets the Essential Studies special emphasis criteria they are also eligible to confer a B.S. degree in Medical Laboratory Science from the University of North Dakota. If Essential Studies requirements are not met, the student is awarded a certificate in Medical Laboratory Science. Upon completion of this route of study, all students are eligible to apply to complete national certification exams in Medical Laboratory Science.
Before a student can complete the final clinical year of study, which consists of three semesters of full-time enrollment as an undergraduate student, the following prerequisite courses must be completed.
|General Microbiology (can substitute M.L.S. 394 for this course)||1*|
|MLS 234 - Human Parasitology||1**|
|MLS 301 - Immunology||1**|
|MLS 325 - Hematology||1|
|MLS 325L - Hematology Laboratory (offered in an intensive hybrid format immediately prior to start of summer courses)||1|
|MLS 340 - Molecular Diagnostics||1**|
|MLS 336 - Laboratory Calculations||1**|
|MLS 394 - Medical Microbiology||1**|
*contact academic advisor for a list of approved online course options
** online sections offered directly by the UND M.L.S. program
Students must apply to the Medical Laboratory Science professional program. The M.L.S. program has a competitive admissions process and acceptance to UND does not guarantee acceptance to the M.L.S. professional program.
For students applying using this route of study, the program application is available under Program Forms and Handbooks. Applications are due July 15 in the calendar year prior to the start of summer practicum coursework.
Admission / Application Guidelines
- Admission is on a competitive basis. Application to the professional program must meet the following criteria in order to be eligible to submit an application:
- Cumulative GPA of 2.80 on a scale of 4.00.
- No more than two repeated math or science courses in the pre-professional curriculum. No more than one repeated M.L.S. course.
- No more than one letter grade of D in any math or science course that is part of the pre-professional curriculum.
- No letter grade of D in any M.L.S. course.
- If a Medical Laboratory Science (M.L.S.) student fails (earns a D or F grade) in any 300 level M.L.S. course, the student will lose their full admission status and will be placed in the alternate list ranking for entrance into the upcoming summer session program.
- The student must verify that they meet the Essential Functions required for entrance into the clinical curriculum of the M.L.S. program.
- All transfer work must be submitted to the UND Office of the Registrar. Verification of completion of coursework must also be submitted to the student advisor if the transfer credits have not yet been placed on the official UND transcript. Transfer credit verification must be on the UND transcript by May 1st prior to entrance to the following summer session. If all transfer credits are not at UND by this date, the student will lose full admission status and admission to the summer session.
- The student must understand that a background study will be done by a professional agency, approved by the M.L.S. program, at the cost to the student. The student must pass this background study to be allowed into a clinical affiliate site in order to complete the required clinical practicum portion of the curriculum and to fulfill the requirements of earning a Bachelor's of Science or Certificate in Medical Laboratory Science from UND.
- Application must be made before July 15 the calendar year prior to the summer practicum experience. An application received after July 15th must petition for consideration to the Department of Medical Laboratory Science Professional and Academic Standards Committee.
- The Department of Medical Laboratory Science Professional and Academic Standards Committee may require an interview for admission.
- Admission is on a competitive basis, the application will be scored on a numerical scale related to the following criteria: Overall GPA, Prerequisite Science GPA, Number of repeated courses, Number of credits completed, Assessment of writing and scientific passages.
- A completed application must be in the student's file in the M.L.S. program office.
- Application and acceptance to the University of North Dakota is different than the application to the M.L.S. professional program. Acceptance (admission) to the University of North Dakota does not mean acceptance into the M.L.S. professional program.
Final Year of Study (+1 Year for 4+1 students)
Upon successful completion of the required prerequisite coursework, the 4+1 student advances into the second year of the professional program (final year). The applicant must have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.8 and no more than one D in any math or science course. Exceptions for acceptance and continuance may be made by petition to the Department of Medical Laboratory Science Professional and Academic Standards Committee.
The final year of study consists of three semesters of full-time academic study. Students will pay tuition and fees for all three semesters of the final year of study. The first semester of study consists of a summer practicum experience which is completed on-campus at UND in Grand Forks, North Dakota. The following two semesters, fall and spring semesters, consist of a seven month clinical internship that is completed at an affiliated M.L.S. clinical site.
|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 Chemistry II||2|
|MLS 481||Preanalytical Testing||1|
|MLS 483||Clinical Hemostasis II||1|
|MLS 484||Clinical Microbiology II||2|
|MLS 485||Clinical Urinalysis II||1|
|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|
Total number of courses: 22
Total number of academic credits: 37
Policies to Work with Patients
There are special requirements prior to contact with patients and testing of patient specimens including:
- The UND M.L.S. program requires all students enrolled in the final year of study complete a UND School of Medicine & Health Sciences 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, and food.
The M.L.S. program reserves the right to place on probation or to cancel the registration of any student whose performance in the classroom or clinical experience is unsatisfactory.
The program has clinical affiliation agreements with over 70 medical centers in Arizona, North Dakota, Minnesota, Montana, Colorado, South Dakota, Oklahoma and Oregon for the clinical experience.
Upon completion of the 4+1 program the student will be eligible to take a national certification examination and become certified as a Medical Laboratory Scientist. The student receives either a certificate in Medical Laboratory Science from UND, or, if meeting Essential Study requirements, a Bachelor of Science in Medical Laboratory Science.
Program accommodations for qualified handicapped persons will be reviewed upon notification of a prospective student's needs and limitations.