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MLT/CLT to Bachelor of Science in Medical Laboratory Science
The UND MLS program offers on-campus and online options for students who have educational training as a Medical/Clinical Laboratory Technologist (MLT/CLT) who are interested in pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Medical Laboratory Science. The MLT-to BS in MLS online program allows experienced working professionals to complete degree requirements while remaining in their current position. The online MLT program does not required an on-campus component. Our MLT program advisor, Paul Samson, works with each student individually to create an unique program of study that is built around each student's needs.
Routes of Study:
Route One: On-campus MLT-BS in MLS program
This route of study is for students who have graduated from an accredited MLT program but want to attend classes on-campus in a traditional format. Students with a MLT background take fewer MLS courses than our traditional students.
Route Two: Online MLT to BS in MLS program of study
To be eligible for this route:
- Individuals must have earned a degree from a NAACLS accredited MLT program
- Have worked a minimum of three years as a generalist in a medical laboratory
All Courses are available online with no required on-campus time at UND.
Additional MLT/CLT to BS in MLS Program Information
MLT to MLS Plan of Study
To earn a Bachelor of Science degree in Medical Laboratory Science, a student must:
- Earn at least 125 total semester credit hours.
- 60 credit hours must be earned at a four year institution. (UND MLS coursework adds up to less than 60 semester credit hours, meaning some prerequisite courses must be taken at a four-year institution).
- The final 30 semester hours must be completed at UND.
- Students must fulfill UND's Essential Study Requirements
- Students must meet the requirements for the UND B.S. in MLS degree. The UND MLT program advisor will review all transfer coursework to create a individualized program of study that is based on all transfer coursework and laboratory work experience.
Overview of transfer of MLT coursework
The following guidelines are used to assist our program advisor in the evaluation of your MLT educational background:
- A MLT graduate from a NAACLS accredited institution will be eligible to transfer up to 60 semester credits (depending on curriculum completed).
- Transfer credits may allow the waiver of several science courses in the professional curriculum.
- Each student's record is evaluated and a recommendation is made to UND's Registrar regarding the number of credits to be transferred and the waiver of prerequisite science courses.
- The student may be eligible for a shortened professional program based on previously completed coursework, years of work experience in a clinical laboratory, and a clinical competency assessment.
- A minimum of 3 weeks is required in both Immunohematology and Clinical Microbiology (total of 6 weeks) clinical rotations.
- A specific outline for the number of credits that will transfer has been incorporated into articulation agreements with numerous regional technical and community colleges
Admission to Final Clinical Year
Admission is on a competitive basis. Admission to UND does not guarantee admission into the UND MLS professional program.
Application to the professional program must meet the following criteria in order to be eligible to submit a program application:
- Cumulative GPA of 2.8 on a scale of 4.0.
- No more than two repeated math, or science courses in the pre-MLS curriculum. No more than one repeated MLS course in the pre-MLS curriculum.
- No more than one letter grade of D in any math or science course in the pre-professional curriculum.
- No letter grade of D in any MLS course.
- If a Medical Laboratory Science ( MLS) student fails (earns a D or F grade) in any 300 level MLS course, the student will lose his/her 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 a 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 the 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 into the summer session.
- The student must understand that a background study will be done by a professional agency, approved by the MLS program, at the cost to the student. The student must pass this background study to be allowed into a clinical affiliate site to complete the clinical affiliation portion of the curriculum and fulfill the requirements of earning a BS or certificate in MLS from UND.
- Application must be made before July 15th. An application received after July 15th must petition for acceptance by the Medical Laboratory Science Professional & Academic Standards Committee.
- The 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, repeated courses, number of credits completed, assessment of writing sample and scientific passage.
- A completed application must be in the student's file in the MLS program office.
- Application and acceptance to the University of North Dakota is different than the application process of the MLS professional program. Acceptance (admission) to the University of North Dakota does not mean acceptance into the MLS professional program.
- If the student has previously been terminated from a MLT/CLT or MT/MLS program, he/she must submit a petition for consideration of acceptance to the program to the Medical Laboratory Science Professional and Academic Standards Committee.
- If a student is not accepted into the MLS professional program, he/she must reapply the following year for admission consideration.
- When a student is registered in 300 and 400 level MLS courses, a specific tuition is assessed.
All previous policies for admission apply:
- If the student is on a probationary status within the MLS program, a signed statement of understanding, generated by the MLS program director, concerning the probationary requirements to be met by the student, must be in the student's file in the MLS program office.
- All required coursework must be successfully accomplished in the freshman, sophomore, and junior years prior to the start of the Summer Session with official verification displayed on the UND transcript.
- All MLS courses prior to the Summer Semester of the senior year must be at a letter grade of a C or better.
- Two semesters of the junior year must be on campus unless the student holds a prior BS or BA degree, has earned MLT certification, is a member of a Western College Alliance for Medical Laboratory Science (WCAMLS) college/university or, in the Mayo Cohort Program.
- To reapply to the program the following year, the student must reapply before November 1 deadline prior to the upcoming Summer Session.
- Any student may be subject to a drugs of abuse screen during their senior year curriculum. Any student who tests positive for drugs of abuse will be removed from the program and will not be able to complete the required courses to earn a BS or certificate in Medical Laboratory Science.
Example of MLT Program Articulation
The UND MLS program has active articulation agreements with several MLT programs. The articulation agreement is created to assist students with transferring of coursework from an accredited MLT program to UND. If your NAACLS accredited MLT program would like to articulate with the UND MLS program please contact the UND MLS Program Director, Dr. Ruth Paur.
A current listing of active articulation agreements can be found on the UND Registrar's website.
Paul Samson, MT(ASCP)
UND Medical Laboratory Science Program
1301 N Columbia Road Stop 9037
Grand Forks, ND 58202
Ph. (701) 777-6710
Fax. (702) 777-2404