Application and Acceptance Processes

The application deadline is October 15 of the year prior to the internship with interviews and candidate selection completed in November. Sanford Program for Medical Laboratory Science accepts a maximum of 10 interns per school year. Applications are available through the affiliated academic institutions. Application evaluation is based on GPA, three professional references, a letter stating why said individual is interested in the field of Medical Laboratory Science and an interview with faculty and staff involved with the program. Interviews will be based on but not inclusive of the following:

  1. College course background
  2. Experience
  3. Presence
  4. Conversational ability and alertness
  5. Cooperation, maturity and self-concept
  6. Attitude toward internship

Sanford is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. Sanford strives to be a great place to work and a great place to receive care. All applicants accepting an offer of employment at Sanford must consent to a drug screen.

Students who wish to become clinical laboratory scientists must meet the following minimal mental and physical requirements and sign the Essential Functions document, which should be included in the application forms process:

  1. Have reading, mathematics and writing skills
  2. Be able to communicate verbally
  3. Have eye-hand coordination and finger dexterity
  4. Be able to stand for extended periods of time
  5. Be able to lift/carry up to 30 pounds to waist level
  6. Have corrected vision and hearing to normal range
  7. Be able to work in highly stressful situations under time constraints
  8. Have good color vision
  9. Be willing to work in situations where the risk of exposure to blood and blood borne pathogens is high

The start date is the first Monday of June with completion of the program the following May. A non-refundable application fee of $25.00 is required at the time of application. In addition, any candidate accepted into the program must pay a non-refundable commitment fee of $150.00 (which will be applied toward the cost of required course textbooks) and a criminal background evaluation fee of $30.00.

Upon admission to the program, students must provide documentation of vaccination/immunity to measles, mumps, rubella and Hepatitis B virus, have had a TB skin test within twelve months of program initiation and have proof of both medical and liability insurance coverage. (Liability coverage is provided by the academic institution in some cases.)

Students must continue to pay tuition to their academic institution during the internship, as both credits and degree are awarded through the academic institution following successful completion of the internship program. Sanford does not refund tuition in cases of dismissal or withdrawal from the program.

Students who choose to withdraw from the program need to submit a letter of formal resignation to the Program Director.

Students may be dismissed from the program for violations of Sanford School or Health System policies after a series of both verbal and written warnings have gone unheeded.

We would be happy to send out a complete listing of policies and procedures, rules and regulations that apply to the Sanford Health Program for Medical Laboratory Science. If interested, please contact the program director using the information listed below.

Program Director


Sue Hollister, MS, MT(ASCP)
Program Director
Sanford Health
PO Box 2010
Fargo, ND 58122-0040
(701) 234-2877

Thank you for visiting the Sanford Health Program for Medical Laboratory Science Website. We are a hospital based program. I am proud to say that our program has been in existence for 60 years and during that time we have earned a reputation for producing high quality medical laboratory scientists. We offer a comprehensive education during the internship year which prepares the student to take the board exam at the end of the year. So please take a moment to visit our program and see what we have to offer.