Academic Requirements

Sanford Health Program for Medical Laboratory Science academic acceptance policy assumes that the intern candidate has successfully completed the pre-clinical curriculum as proscribed by their respective academic institution. Minimum requirements for acceptance into the Sanford Program include anatomy and physiology, immunology, organic/biochemistry, genetic/molecular biology, microbiology, and statistics. The policy also states that the candidate have a cumulative grade point average of 2.8 (on a scale of 0-4.0) or higher and a scientific grade point average of 3.0 or higher. As acceptance into the internship is granted during the fall semester of the year prior to internship, Sanford Health Program for Medical Laboratory Science reserves the right to deny a student enrollment or participation in the training program if required or recommended course work is not completed or if individual grades are below a "C" (2.0) level after the student has been accepted into the program.

Successful completion of the program and the award of certification depend on a passing grade of at least 71% out of 100% on departmental lecture, practical material, student presentations and comprehensive exams. The educational degree is awarded through the students' academic institution. A full graded internship transcript is sent to the students' affiliate to become part of the students' institutional permanent record. At this point graduates are eligible to take national certification exams from the American Society of Clinical Pathologists Board of Certification. Upon successfully passing these exams, the graduates are then eligible for licensure or additional testing that may be required by individual states.