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)
- 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 an 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:
Committee On Medical Laboratory Education Application, Essential Requirements , and Application Instructions and Reference Form
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.
Students are regularly evaluated by on-site hospital faculty and clinical preceptors during the internship. The internship consists of didactic and clinical courses for which the hospital program awards letter grades on an official hospital transcript. Clinical performance is evaluated using a competency-based evaluation system. NDSU awards a "P" grade ('Pass') for each semester of enrollment in MLS 496-Field Experience/Internship, signifying satisfactory progress toward completing internship requirements. The hospital program's final transcript is the official record of completion of the internship requirements.
Tuition and Expenses
During the internship, students enroll at NDSU for MLS 496-Field Experience/Internship credit. A maximum of 30 credits from NDSU will be awarded for successful completion of internship didactic and clinical experiences within the affiliated hospital's program. The 30 credits are distributed as follows: 6 credits for one summer session and 12 credits for each fall and spring semester enrolled. Tuition and student fees are paid to NDSU at the student's regular resident rate. According to the agreements that we have with hospital affiliates, NDSU sends each hospital program a designated portion of tuition collected from the student each semester to assist in covering the hospital tuition and expenses associated with internship participation. Internships are exempt from tuition assistance grants such as spouse/dependent discounts and cultural diversity waivers.
Besides NDSU tuition and student fees, student interns may also pay some associated internship fees directly to the hospital program to cover expenses like textbooks, activity or clinical fees, and mock board exams. Uniforms may be purchased through the hospital, a uniform specialty shop or other provider. Once accepted into the internship, the hospital program will provide the student with more information about the non-NDSU-related program expenses.
Students are responsible for providing their own living accommodations and transportation during the internship.