Medical Laboratory Science Professional Program/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 course requirements, which include an 11-12-month full-time professional class and clinical experience/internship within an affiliated hospital MLS program.
The professional-level internship is a rigorous full-time, 40-hour/week commitment to learning the theory and competencies of MLS. The internship includes lecture and "hands-on" bench instruction in phlebotomy, clinical chemistry, hematology, immunology, immunohematology, urinalysis, microbiology, education, management, and research methods.
NDSU maintains affiliations with the following schools of medical laboratory science that provide the necessary professional-level internship:
- Colorado Center for Medical Laboratory Science (Aurora, CO)
- Mercy College of Health Sciences (Des Moines, IA)
- Mercy Medical Center-Sioux City (Sioux City, IA)
- Nebraska Methodist Hospital (Omaha, NE)
- Sanford Health Medical Center (Fargo, ND)
- St. Luke's College (Sioux City, IA)
- St. Luke's Hospital (Cedar Rapids, IA)
Declared pre-professional MLS majors at NDSU apply to the internship during the fall semester of the year they will have completed all required courses on campus and meet the grade-point-average requirements and essential functions established by the affiliated hospital program. Admission to an internship is selective and based upon:
- coursework completed and academic progress
- cumulative and science grade point averages
- career motivation & related experience
- personal interview
- satisfactory criminal background and adherence to conduct requirements
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. It is recommended that students begin work with the MLS major advisor at least one year prior to internship application.
Students are regularly evaluated by on-site hospital faculty and clinical preceptors during the internship. The internship consists of class 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.
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 class 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. Students who qualify to receive financial aid through NDSU may continue to do so during the internship. According to the agreements that NDSU has 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 and cultural diversity discounts that reduce tuition below the ND resident rate.
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.