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Medical Laboratory Science Major

Medical laboratory scientists use the latest biomedical instruments to perform laboratory tests to determine the presence of disease and aid in patient treatment, monitor quality, evaluate and communicate results, and research and develop new tests and methodologies.

A baccalaureate degree, major in Medical Laboratory Science, includes three years of academic coursework on campus followed by an 11-12 month full-time internship in an affiliated, accredited school of medical laboratory science. Graduates are eligible to take a national certification exam offered by the American Society for Clinical Pathology Board of Certification (BOC).

College academic work includes college algebra, biological sciences, chemistry and statistics, along with general education electives. Courses in molecular biology techniques, virology, management and research methods also are recommended. The full-time internship consists of classroom and clinical “bench instruction” in clinical chemistry, hematology, immunohematology, microscopy/urinalysis, microbiology, serology, phlebotomy, education, management and research methods.

NDSU has affiliation agreements with six hospital-based medical laboratory science programs that provide the necessary professional internship. Affiliated programs are accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Science (NAACLS). Admission to the internship is selective. Criteria for admission to the internship are established by each school and generally include academic performance, references, prior work experience, and an interview. In addition, students must comply with criminal background and student conduct requirements.

During the internship, specific letter grades are assigned by the hospital program, maintained on their program’s official transcript, and are not included in calculation of NDSU’s grade point average. Official transcripts are available upon written request from the hospital program. An NDSU grade of 'Pass' is awarded for successful completion of each term of the internship.

Internship application procedures, descriptions of professional courses, and registration information for the year of internship are available from the Department of Allied Sciences.

MAJOR REQUIREMENTS

Radiologic Sciences Major

Radiographers, also referred to as radiologic technologists, perform diagnostic imaging examinations to assist physicians to diagnose or rule out disease or injury.

The baccalaureate Radiologic Sciences (RS) program includes two or more years of rigorous academic course work on campus and a two-year professional phase or internship in an affiliated hospital-based school of radiologic technology that includes classroom and clinical education specific to radiology. Graduates are eligible to write the national certifying examination to become a registered technologist in radiography, RT(R).

A strong science and math aptitude is important for RS majors to possess since academic course work includes chemistry, physics, anatomy and physiology, microbiology, trigonometry, and computer science, in addition to general education requirements. Each student also completes a minimum of 12 credits of 300-400 level special elective courses on campus related to a specialty area of interest in radiologic sciences. The full-time internship (60 credits) consists of classroom and clinical instruction in patient care procedures, radiation physics and protection, principles of imaging, positioning, radiobiology, and pathology.

Students who have completed the prerequisite course work on campus and meet the GPA requirements may be eligible to apply for an internship. Transfer students must complete a minimum of 20 resident credits at NDSU prior to the start of an internship to be eligible to apply. NDSU has affiliation agreements with ten hospital-based schools accredited by the Joint Review Committee for Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT) that provide the internship. Admission into the internship is competitive. Specific admission criteria are established by each affiliated school and generally include academic achievement, references, related experience, and an interview. In addition, students must comply with criminal background and conduct requirements.

During the internship, specific letter grades are assigned by the hospital program, maintained on their program’s official transcript, and are not included in calculation of NDSU’s grade point average. Official transcripts are available upon written request from the hospital program. An NDSU grade of 'Pass' is awarded for successful completion of each term of the internship.

Internship application procedures, descriptions of professional courses, and registration information for the internships are available from the Department of Allied Sciences.

MAJOR REQUIREMENTS

Respiratory Care Major

Respiratory Care (RC) is an allied health profession that involves the evaluation, treatment, and education of patients with cardiopulmonary disorders. Respiratory therapists (RTs) work closely with physicians, nurses, and other allied health members in critical care, emergency rooms, nursery and pediatrics, medical units, and home care. RTs perform diagnostic tests, administer a variety of treatments to promote pulmonary hygiene, manage mechanical ventilators and cardiovascular support, and direct pulmonary rehabilitation activities.

The baccalaureate degree Respiratory Care program includes up to three years of academic course work on campus and a 15-month professional phase or internship in the Respiratory Care Department at Sanford Medical Center, Fargo, N.D. The NDSU/Sanford Respiratory Care Program is accredited by the Committee on Accreditation for Respiratory Care. Upon completion of the internship, graduates are eligible to write the national certifying examinations to obtain the certified and registered credentials.

Academic course work includes chemistry, physics, anatomy and physiology, microbiology, mathematics, psychology, and computer science. Each student also is required to complete a minimum of 12 credits of 300-400 level special elective courses on campus that relate to a specialty area of interest. Common specialty areas include neonatal/pediatric general or intensive care, adult general or intensive care, diagnostics, pulmonary rehabilitation, home care, education, and management. Specialty training within RC occurs at the end of the internship year (RC 494).

The full-time internship consists of lecture, laboratory, and clinical education that prepare the student to enter the profession of respiratory care. Students are eligible to apply for one of the internships available each year at Sanford during the spring of the academic year they plan to complete all prerequisite courses. Admission into the internship is selective and is based upon successful completion of all internship prerequisites with a minimum grade of 'C' (a minimum of 20 resident credits at NDSU for transfer students), cumulative and "core" course grade point average (a minimum of 2.50 is required; a maximum of core course attempts is two), references, personal interview, and career motivation. In addition, students must comply with criminal background and student conduct requirements.

Internship application procedures, descriptions of professional courses, and registration information for the internship are available from the Department of Allied Sciences.

MAJOR REQUIREMENTS


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