The Medical Laboratory Science (MLS) major trains essential members of the health care team. Graduates of this major study and practice diagnostic medicine and generate accurate and reliable test results in chemistry, hematology, immunology, immunohematology, and microbiology. Results of these tests provide key information to help in the diagnosis and treatment of disease.
WESTERN COLLEGE ALLIANCE
Valley City State University has an affiliation agreement with the University of North Dakota for this major. This is considered the 3 1 track, and students in this track are from affiliated universities in the Western College Alliance for Medical Laboratory Science. Each of the affiliated colleges have aligned specific curriculum content in their first three years with UND’s MLS program. The universities that do not offer the professional courses such as hematology, clinical immunology, or medical microbiology contract with the University of North Dakota to deliver these courses by distance learning.
MEDICAL LABORATORY SCIENCE CERTIFICATE
Students in this major take part in a very prescribed program. The first six semesters for the MLS degree are completed at VCSU in the pre-professional phase. Upon successful completion of all required prerequisite coursework, the student applies to UND to complete the professional phase. This consists of a summer practicum experience at the UND campus in Grand Forks, ND, followed by two semesters in a clinical setting at a UND MLS clinical affiliate. The student will graduate in the MLS major with a degree from Valley City State University and an MLS Certificate from the University of North Dakota.