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 complete the final year of study through the University of North Dakota. Upon completion of the final year of study, 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
Upon successful completion of all required prerequisite coursework, the WCAMLS student applies to UND to complete the second year of the professional program. Program application occurs starting September 15 the year prior to the start of the final year of study. Program applications are due October 1 the year prior to starting the final year of study.
The following guidelines are followed:
- The applicant must have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.80.
- No more than one D in any math or science course.
- Recommendation by their college/university advisor.
Applications will be reviewed by the Medical Laboratory Science Professional and Academic Standards Committee.
Acceptance to the professional program is on a competitive process.
|MLS 226- Introduction to Clinical Immunology & Molecular Diagnostics||1*|
|MLS 332 - Hematology||1*|
|MLS 334- Introduction to Clinical Microbiology||1*|
* Available in an online format directly through the UND MLS Program
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 at an affiliated WCAMLS institutions.
Some other factors that need 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.
In addition to application to the UND MLS program, all students will need to be able to meet admission requirements of the University of North Dakota.
Admission to UND does not guarantee acceptance to the UND MLS program.
Application deadline for WCAMLS 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 summer practicum cohort. All required pre-requisite coursework will need to be completed prior to beginning coursework that is part of the summer practicum semester.
Alternate Admission Status
Applicant will be advanced to the summer practicum cohort if space becomes available. If advanced, all required prerequisite coursework will need to be completed prior to beginning summer practicum coursework.
Denial Admission Status
Applicant will not be eligible to be part of summer practicum cohort.
Notice of Acceptance
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 encourage 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 courses that are part of the summer practicum schedule.
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 a 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)
|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
Policies to Work with Patients
There are special requirements prior to contact with patients and testing of patient specimens including:
- The UND MLS 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.
Become an Affiliate
If you are an institution who is interested in joining WCAMLS please contact: