UND Medical Laboratory Science (MLS) Professional Year 2 (PY2)
Welcome to the UND Medical Laboratory Science Program. The following information is intended to prepare students for the professional year 2. All incoming students are required to review all of the information. Information updated April 9, 2020.
Students are required to complete all components of the 12 month professional year 2:
- An online summer practicum
- On campus laboratory coursework
- Clinical practicum
Pre-Summer Online Practicum
University Admission and Program Requirements
Essential Functions are the physical, behavioral, and cognitive attributes of an individual that are necessary to be successful in an academic or clinical laboratory setting. The following Essential Functions have been defined by the UND MLS Program:
Communication: Read, comprehend, and respond to English communications (including person-to-person, telephone, electronic, and written forms) in an effective, respectful, and time-sensitive manner; follow oral and written directions.
Behavior and Professional Standards: Demonstrate emotional stability to function effectively under stress, remain flexible, and adapt to an environment that may change rapidly without warning an in unpredictable ways; maintain consistent, positive work behaviors including initiative, preparedness, dependability, persistence, and follow-through; project an image of professionalism through appearance, dress, hygiene, positive attitude, and body language; demonstrate appropriate interpersonal behaviors while interacting with other during program-related occurrences, including but not limited to : courtesy and cooperation, receiving and responding to constructive feedback, respect and empathy, and non-threatening conduct; abstain from illegal, prescription, over-the-counter, experimental, recreational, or other drugs that have significant effect upon an individual's judgment.
Critical Thinking and Application: Demonstrate time management skills by completing assigned tasks within scheduled timeframe; correlate principles to practice; produce quality work with precision and accuracy in accordance with established protocol
Sensory Functions: Differentiate colors (hue, shading, or intensity) and clarity; read fine print including information displayed on orders, printouts, monitors, and equipment, visually analyze specimens and reagents; hear and respond to sounds produced in the laboratory environment
Motor/Physical Functions: Sit/stand for prolonged periods of time; safely and accurately manipulate laboratory instrumentation and equipment; be able to lift 10 lbs.
the student will must be confident that you can meet the Department of MLS Essential Functions requirements to be successful in this career choice.
Students must apply and be admitted to UND. Acceptance to the UND MLS program does not mean the student has been admitted to UND.
The application process to UND may take an extended period of time. Students MUST BE ADMITTED by April 1, 2020.
WCAMLS (NDUS students) admission directions.
WCAMLS (non NDUS students) admission directions.
If the student has previously attended UND but did not enroll in course work for Spring 2020, the student will need to be readmitted.
Each student, upon admission to UND, is issued a UND email account. It is the student's responsibility to claim their NDUS.Identifier account.
All email correspondence from UND and the UND MLS program is through the UND or NDUS account. It is the student's responsibility to check it daily.
If assistance is needed, please utilize University IT.
All course content will be administered to students through Blackboard.
Access to Blackboard can be found at https://blackboard.und.edu. Students need to be registered in courses to have access in Blackboard. Courses become available in Blackboard the day they are scheduled to start.
Blackboard username and password is the same as the student's NDUS.Identifier.
Students will be given access to the MLS Community 20-21 on Blackboard approximately May 1, 2020. The community site will provide the student with instructions of necessary tasks that need to be completed for the professional year 2.
All prerequisite courses required for the MLS summer practicum must be completed before May 18, 2020.
Proof of successful completion (a copy of student's unofficial transcript) must be submitted to the MLS Community 20-21 via Blackboard by May 20, 2020.
Course registration for summer practicum should be completed by May 1, 2020.
Registration information can be found on the appropriate course registration forms listed below:
In accordance with UND SMHS Policy 3.7, students who are known to have a condition (injury, illness, infection, environmental disease) that may negatively impact themselves, fellow students, staff, faculty or patients have a professional obligation to inform and work with UND SMHS faculty to develop a plan to balance their own health, safety, educational needs and confidentiality as well as the health and safety of others with whom they may come in contact.
The University of North Dakota is committed to providing equal access to students with documented disabilities. To ensure access to your program, please contact Disability Services for Students to engage in a confidential discussion about accommodations for the classroom and clinical settings. Accommodations are not provided retroactively. Students are encouraged to register with DSS at the start of their program. More information can be obtained by email or by phone at (701)-777-3425.
University ID & Living
For students who do not currently have a U Card, please do the following.
Order a University ID (U Card)
- Students must be registered for classes to be able to order a U Card. Please fill out this form to order one online. You will need your U Card when you come to campus in the fall.
- Must be ordered prior to May 1st
- Students will be required to upload a digital photo and a government ID when ordering the U Card. Follow the specific instructions included in the form.
- U Cards will be mailed directly to students. Please ensure your address is correct in Campus Connection.
U Card Provides Access to
- SMHS building 24/7, including learning communities
- Campus libraries and other campus services
Students are responsible for all fees/bills for parking, ID cards, housing, or other miscellaneous services that they accrue from UND each semester.
Students are responsible for the payment of additional program related expenses throughout professional year 2.
Please review the program expense handout for details.
A physical examination is not required by the UND MLS program. However, a clinical site may require a physical exam.
According to the UND MLS policy, students must provide the program with proof of health insurance before entrance into the professional program.
If you do not have health insurance coverage, please contact UND Student Health Services Insurance Coordinator Maureen Potucek by email or phone (701)-777-3457.
In addition to health insurance, students are required to submit immunization records in two places:
- Student Health Services patient portal (for UND). The information that is uploaded and submitted to Student Health is kept confidential and in your record at the clinic. If you are unable to access the SHS patient portal please contact Student Health Services at 701-777-4500.
- Directly to the UND Department of MLS by May 10, 2020 following these instructions.
Textbooks and Course Material
Phlebotomists and MLT students
On-the-job trained (OJT) phlebotomists may challenge three of the minimum of six phlebotomy draws in the MLS 472 course.
OJTs should submit a phlebotomy competencies form verified and signed by their phlebotomy supervisor.
MLTs are waived from MLS 472, but will need to demonstrate proficiency in phlebotomy to UND MLS personnel. In addition, a clinical competencies form must be completed by a supervisor or MLT program personnel.
MLTs and others waived from phlebotomy procedures are still responsible for the didactic/theory of MLS 472 Preanalytical Skills.
Online Summer Practicum
You will be required to participate in a short technology ‘check-in’ session the week of May 11th via Zoom (link for the Zoom meeting will be emailed to you later). The session will be ~30 minutes, and we will just be making sure that your technology works (ex. webcam, speakers), go through how we will use Zoom, and orient you to our digital slide software. Information on scheduling this session will be sent to you via email in the coming weeks.
Students will be required to participate in an online orientation via Zoom.
Orientation will consist of faculty, staff, and student introductions and an overview of program policies, procedures, and technology used to complete coursework.
Each course is taught in a block (one class at a time).
Class times are typically from 9:00am to 5:00pm Central Time each day.
Detailed class schedule will be provided at the beginning of each class.
Dates of Online Summer Practicum
May 18th, 2020 to August 14th, 2020
For each course, instructors will give a detailed daily schedule which will be posted in Blackboard.
Typically, students will be required to be participate online from 9:00am to 10:00am Central Time for quizzes/exams. Other online coursework will occur from 10:00am to 5:00pm Central Time.
In accordance with the Department of MLS Standards of Professional Conduct and/or course policy, students are required to be in attendance during all scheduled hours of class. Note: missing one day of class in the summer practicum is equivalent to missing one week of class in a traditional semester.
After the SP begins, in the case of an emergency, the student must notify the course instructor by email or phone.
Each instructor will determine how the absence affects the student’s final grade.
All coursework is delivered online.
Computer with the following minimum capabilities (Note: if the student's computer does not meet these requirements it is not necessary to purchase a new device)
i3 or higher
128GB or larger with least 4GB free space
4GB or more
Wired (wireless is typically not fast enough)
Windows 10 (macs not recommended, but will work)
Internal or External, does not have to be high quality
Students need to have a scientific calculator.
You will need to print some documents and will need access to a printer/printing services.
Prior to beginning the fall on-campus laboratory session, students will be required to complete a colorblindness test to make them aware of alterations in their vision. Colorblindness may affect student learning, but will not impact the completion of the program.
Criminal Background Check Renewal
In accordance with Department of MLS policy, a criminal background check must be completed at the beginning of professional year 2.
A renewal of a student’s criminal background check must be completed by May 22, 2020. Do not complete prior to May 1, 2020.
The cost for criminal background check renewal is approximately $35.00. The student is responsible for this cost.
Directions for this process can be found on Blackboard under the MLS Community 20-21.
Drug and Alcohol Screening
Any student may be subject to drug and/or alcohol screening as outlined in the SMHS Drug and Alcohol Screening and Education Program Policy. A positive drug/alcohol drug screen will be subject to disciplinary action up to and including immediate dismissal from the program. The complete Drug and Alcohol Screening and Education Program Policy can be found on the SMHS student policy website.
Want a sneak peak of where you'll be taking classes this fall? Check out the video below to take a tour of UND's School of Medicine and Health Sciences.
Fall On-Campus Laboratory Session
Students will be required to come on-campus for laboratory sessions August 24th, 2020 to September 25th, 2020.
Laboratory sessions will be held Monday through Friday from 8:00am to 5:00pm each day. A detailed schedule will be given during orientation.
Orientation to the on-campus fall laboratory session will be Monday, August 24th, 2020 from 12:00pm to 4:00pm.
UND School of Medicine & Health Sciences
1301 N. Columbia Rd.
Grand Forks, ND 58203
Students will be required to purchase a Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) from the UND Bookstore before August 24th, 2020.
Students will also need to purchase a lab coat during the on-campus orientation.
Scientific calculators will also be required for lab.
In accordance with the Department of MLS Standards of Professional Conduct and/or course policy, students are required to be in attendance during all scheduled hours of class. Note: missing one day of class in the on campus laboratory session practicum is equivalent to missing one week of class in a traditional semester.
If the student has a known scheduled event that requires an absence (i.e. in a wedding party), complete a notification of absence form and submit by email to Mary Coleman, by Friday, August 14th, 2020.
After the On Campus Laboratory Session begins, in the case of an emergency, the student must notify the course instructor by email or phone.
Each instructor will determine how the absence affects the student’s final grade.
It is the student's responsibility to purchase and adhere to UND's parking policies. For further information visit UND Parking Information.
Students are responsible for arranging their own housing for the fall on-campus laboratory session.
If you are interested in off-campus housing, a good resource is UND Underground.
Specific dress code only applies for all scheduled laboratory sessions. Students will be required to comply with the UND Department of MLS Laboratory Safety Standard.
A map of the UND campus is available.
School of Medicine & Health Sciences (SMHS) Floor Plans: See the Visitor Directory inside the South front doors in the atrium on the left side Floor plans and room numbers are displayed in this digital directory.
Map of the cities of Grand Forks, North Dakota and East Grand Forks, Minnesota.
Post On-Campus Laboratory Session
If students have an outstanding bill, UND will not allow registration or issue final transcripts for either the Fall 2020 and/or Spring 2021.
Mandatory attendance to an “orientation to clinical practicum” will be required near the end of the on-campus laboratory session.
Some clinical affiliates may have site specific requirements that are an additional cost to the student. These may include:
- Wisconsin Cave Givers Background Check
- Minnesota Background Check
- Drugs of Abuse Panel
The clinical practicum is completed at a healthcare facility.
October 5th, 2020 thru May 1st, 2021 (Exact dates and times will vary based on assigned clinical affiliate).
- Students will be provided a schedule by the clinical affiliate on the first day of your clinical rotation, note the schedule is subject to change.
- Students are responsible for working on the bench each day within the assigned rotation.
- Students will also be assigned readings and study guides to be completed outside of your assigned clinical hours. The clinical affiliate is not obligated to give students time to study. Students are to work on the bench during your clinical experience time and study in the evening and on weekends...approximately 20+ hours per week.
- The clinical rotation has two graded portions:
- The didactic grade is earned from quizzes and exams, the content of these exams is a culmination of objectives, reading assignments, and study guides. Exams must be taken under the supervision of a proctor at the clinical affiliate, during assigned clinical time
- The performance grade will be completed by the clinical affiliate and is converted to a grade. Performance evaluations are provided to the student prior to the rotation so the student is aware of how they will be graded.
The clinical practicum calendar does not follow the academic calendar published by UND. The following dates are provided to the clinical affiliates as suggested days off. However, individual sites may vary.
- Thanksgiving vacation: November 26 - November 29, 2020
- Winter Break: December 20, 2020 through January 4, 2021
- Spring Break: March 15-19, 2020
- Vacation: April 2-4, 2020
Two additional textbooks will be required by the UND MLS program for classes that are completed in the Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 terms.
MLS 490 - Financial and Quality Management in the Clinical Laboratory
Harmening, Denise, M. Laboratory Management Principles and Procedures. 3rd Edition. St Petersburg, Florida: D.H. Publishing & Consulting, Inc. 2013. ISBN: 978-0-943903-12-5.
MLS 494 - Clinical Immunology
Stevens, CD: Clinical Immunology and Serology: A Laboratory Perspective. 4th Edition. Philadelphia: FA Davis; 2017. ISBN-13: 978-0-8036-44663.
Summer Practicum Information Acknowledgment
Students must complete this post-test by April 30th, 2020 to acknowledge you have received and reviewed all information related to the 2020 Summer Practicum information.
If you have any questions please feel free to contact:
MaryBeth McGurran, MLS Administrative Assistant