Medical Laboratory Science Internship
To earn a Bachelor of Science, major in Medical Laboratory Science, a student must complete North Dakota State University's general education and MLS major curriculum requirements which include a 12-month didactic and clinical internship within a NAACLS-affiliated hospital program. Completion of the internship qualifies the student for a national certifying exam for Medical Laboratory Science.
The internship consists of lecture and "hands-on" benchwork in phlebotomy, clinical chemistry, hematology, immunology, immunohematology, urinalysis, microbiology, education, management, and research methods.
Students apply to the internship during the fall semester of the year they will have completed all required courses on campus. Admission to an internship is selective and based upon:
- coursework completed
- cumulative and science grade point averages
- career motivation
- personal interview
- satisfactory criminal background and adherence to conduct requirements
- mental and physical standards of affiliated programs
NDSU maintains affiliations with the following schools of medical laboratory science:
- Sanford Health Medical Center (Fargo, ND)
- Fairview Health Services (Minneapolis, MN)
- Mercy Medical Center-Sioux City (Sioux City, IA)
- St. Luke's College (Sioux City, IA)
- St. Luke's Hospital MLS Program (Cedar Rapids, IA)
- Mercy College of Health Sciences (Des Moines, IA)
- Colorado Center for Medical Laboratory Science (Aurora, CO)
Note: Students that plan to apply for an internship must meet with the NDSU MLS academic advisor to discuss eligibility and the application process, including deadlines. Annual application to internships occurs early in the fall semester. For those declared MLS majors eligible to apply, the following links take you to NDSU's affiliated hospital program application materials:
Download application materials found at the above website, under the "Admissions" link. Completed application, references, and other supporting documentation are to be mailed directly to the Office of Admissions at the Colorado Center for Medical Laboratory Science program.