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
- Mayville State University; Mayville, North 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 15 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 234 - Human Parasitology||1*|
|MLS 301 - Immunology||1*|
|MLS 325 - Hematology||1*|
|MLS 325L - Hematology Laboratory||1**|
|MLS 340 - Molecular Diagnostics||1*|
|MLS 336 - Laboratory Calculations||1*|
|MLS 394 - Medical Microbiology||1*|
* Available in an online format directly through the UND M.L.S. Program
** Available in a hybrid format with intensive laboratory occurring immediately prior to on-campus summer session
Applications are ranked and the following admission factors are considered:
- Overall (cumulative) GPA
- Science GPA in prerequisite science and math courses including M.L.S. specific courses
- Number of repeated courses in Science, Math, and M.L.S. areas. (Greater than two repeats will result in scoring deductions.)
- Critical Analysis Passage
- A personal statement that directly answers the UND M.L.S. Program Application Personal Statement Questions
- M.L.S. 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 M.L.S. 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 M.L.S. 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 M.L.S. 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 M.L.S. program.
Application deadline for WCAMLS students is November 1 in the calendar year prior to the start of the summer practicum experience.
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 summer practicum.
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 summer practicum.
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.
MLS 325L - Hematology Laboratory is offered in a hybrid format with the course starting late spring prior to the start of summer practicum. An intensive laboratory is part of laboratory which is taught immediately prior to the start of the summer courses. For more information about M.L.S. 325L, please contact the course instructor, Samantha Peterson.
Students receive a mailed packet of information in February prior to starting an on-campus summer session.
The on-campus summer session begins Mid-May and runs through the second week of August.
The summer practicum is an intensive learning environment in which each student completes a rigorous thirteen credit summer curriculum. Courses consist of lectures and laboratories that prepare each student for an additional two semesters of an assigned clinical internship experience in the Fall and Spring terms immediately following successful completion of the UND M.L.S. program summer coursework.
Final Year of Study
The WCAMLS curriculum consists of three semesters of study which starts with an on-campus summer session (13 weeks) which is referred to as summer practicum. The on-campus summer session is completed in Grand Forks, North Dakota.
After completion of the on-campus summer session, two more semesters (fall and spring terms) are completed at a clinical affiliate of the UND M.L.S. program.
|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 Immunohematology II||2|
|MLS 481||Clinical Chemistry II||2|
|MLS 483||Clinical Hemostasis II||1|
|MLS 484||Clinical Microbiology II||2|
|MLS 485||Clinical Urinalysis II||1|
|MLS 488||Clinical Hematology II||2|
|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.
Become an Affiliate
If you are an institution who is interested in joining WCAMLS please contact:
Dr. Brooke Solberg