Program for Medical Laboratory Science - Fargo, ND

The internship is spent helping students achieve the goal of becoming competent professionals in their chosen field of clinical laboratory science. At entry level into the profession, the MLS graduate will have the skills and basic knowledge to:

  1. Be proficient at performing testing in each respective clinical rotation
  2. Correlate laboratory testing to disease states and the impact on patient care
  3. Utilize critical decision making and data driven strategies to solve problems in the clinical lab
  4. Identify preanalytical, analytical , and postanalytic components of laboratory processes
  5. Utilize the principles of quality assurance and continuous quality improvement practices in the clinical laboratory
  6. Communicate effectively regarding laboratory issues with intra- and interdisciplinary team members
  7. Participate in the development and evaluation of test systems
  8. Demonstrate professional attributes.

Learn more about the Program for Medical Laboratory Science internship requirements.

Didactic Lecture/Faculty

Typically didactic (formal) lecture takes place for 45 weeks out of the 50-week internship. Lectures are presented in the laboratory classroom Monday through Thursday from 1:15-3:30pm on two different areas of interest separated by a 15 minute break. Students are responsible and are tested on all concepts and knowledge presented. Students are also responsible for all information listed as reference information on the objectives and/or course syllabus. Information will be presented in such a format as to prepare the student with clinical and applicable thinking skills as well as preparation for national certification exams. The schools' faculty is comprised primarily of Sanford laboratory managers, technologists and pathologists who share their expertise and knowledge with the interns. Arrangement for guest lecturers is the responsibility of individual lecturers if it is determined that the knowledge would be complementary and/or applicable. As an example, a PharmD might be invited to give a lecture about drug toxicology.

It is the students' responsibility to obtain lecture information in the event of a student absence. Lectures may be taped if so requested by a student in advance, or one-on-one make ups can be scheduled depending on the lecturers schedule.

The student to faculty ratio is 10:1.

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 internship at Sanford must consent to a drug screen for cause.