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:
- Be proficient at performing testing in each respective clinical rotation
- Correlate laboratory testing to disease states and the impact on patient care
- Utilize critical decision making and data driven strategies to solve problems in
the clinical lab
- Identify preanalytical, analytical , and postanalytic components of laboratory processes
- Utilize the principles of quality assurance and continuous quality improvement practices
in the clinical laboratory
- Communicate effectively regarding laboratory issues with intra- and interdisciplinary
- Participate in the development and evaluation of test systems
- Demonstrate professional attributes.
Learn more about the Program for Medical Laboratory Science internship requirements.
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.