2014-2015 Catalog

Medical Laboratory Science

http://med.und.edu/mls

FACULTY: Coleman, Paur (Graduate Program Director), Peterson, Porter, Ray, Schill, Sens (Chair), Solberg and Triske

Degree Granted: Master of Science (M.S.)

The Department of Pathology Medical Laboratory Science Program offers a graduate program leading to the Master of Science degree in Medical Laboratory Science (CLS), non-thesis option. The course of study enhances the student’s knowledge and skills in several major categorical areas of medical laboratory science. The curriculum is designed to prepare students for careers as administrative laboratory directors, clinical laboratory consultants, technical supervisors or laboratory educators. Students are required to attend a one-week laboratory course within the first 18 months of enrollment and a one-week capstone course within the last 18 months of enrollment on campus.

The courses are offered through online WEB based learning. Students participating in online coursework are required to have Internet access. Specific computer requirements are available from the MLS program. A limited number of teaching and research assistantships are available for students wishing to study on campus.

Details pertaining to admission requirements, degree requirements and courses offered can be found in the Degree section and at: med.und.edu/cls.

Master of Science (M.S.)

Mission Statement and Program Goals

The mission of the Master of Science Medical Laboratory Science (MS, MLS) program at the University of North Dakota is to generate and disseminate an advanced scholarly curriculum through distance and on-campus courses to baccalaureate degreed, certified medical laboratory science professionals throughout the state, nation, and world. The curriculum is designed to prepare graduates for leadership roles in education, consulting, and healthcare administration.

Goal 1: Work independently utilizing critical thinking and problem solving skills to effectively communicate the responsibilities of the clinical laboratory in patient care management to all participants of the healthcare team.

Goal 2: Apply theories of laboratory management including financial, quality, and personnel management.

Goal 3: Demonstrate knowledge of advanced scholarly curriculum that encompasses the scope of practice in medical laboratory science.

Goal 4: Demonstrate effective communication skills, both oral and written, across multiple topics or disciplines.

 

Master of Science (M.S.)

Admission Requirements

Applicants who are seeking admission to School of Graduate Studies must meet all of the minimum general School of Graduate Studies admission requirements identified in the graduate catalog. In addition, the prospective students must fulfill the requirements for admission to the graduate program in Medical Laboratory Science.

  1. B.A. or B.S. degree and successful completion of the MLS (NCA), MT (ASCP) certification examinations. (Include proof of certification with School of Graduate Studies application.)
  2. Cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) of at least 3.0 for the junior and senior years of undergraduate work (based on A=4.00).
  3. Satisfy the School of Graduate Studies’ English Language Proficiency requirements as published in the graduate catalog.
  4. Prior experience in a medical laboratory is recommended.
  5. Application deadlines: July 15 (Fall semester); October 15 (Spring semester).

Degree Requirements

Students seeking the Master of Science degree at the University of North Dakota must satisfy all general requirements set forth by the School of Graduate Studies as well as particular requirements set forth by the Medical Lab Science Program.

  1. A minimum of 32 semester credits with at least 29 credits in the clinical laboratory sciences.
  2. A cognate area of study or minor (minimum of 9 credits) is optional.
  3. Successful completion of comprehensive examination that takes place at the end of the student’s program of study.
  4. Required core courses:
    MLS 501Quality Assurance in the Clinical Laboratory2
    MLS 502Erythrocytes in Health and Disease2
    MLS 503Leukocytes in Health and Disease2
    MLS 505Financial Management of the Clinical Laboratory2
    MLS 506Clinical Chemistry2
    MLS 507Clinical Immunohematology2
    MLS 513Advanced Clinical Immunology for Laboratory Professionals2
    MLS 515Capstone Course in Clinical Laboratory Science *2
    MLS 518Molecular Diagnostics2
    MLS 521Seminar1
    MLS 522Clinical Bacteriology2
    MLS 523Clinical Virology, Mycology, and Parasitology2
    MLS 524Current Trends and Issues for the Clinical Laboratory Scientist *2
    MLS 591Directed Study in Laboratory Medicine2
    MLS 997Independent Study2
    Select two of the following:4
    Leadership and Conflict Resolution in the Health Sciences
    Educational Methodologies in Laboratory Science
    Computer Applications in Clinical Laboratory Science
    Health Care Administration for the Clinical Laboratory Professional
    Total Credits33

 

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One-week on campus course, not available by distance learning. MLS 524 Current Trends and Issues for the Clinical Laboratory Scientist is designed to be taken near the start of the student’s program of study and MLS 515 Capstone Course in Clinical Laboratory Science is designed to be taken near the end of the student’s program of study.


*

One-week on campus course, not available by distance learning. MLS 524 Current Trends and Issues for the Clinical Laboratory Scientist is designed to be taken near the start of the student’s program of study and MLS 515 Capstone Course in Clinical Laboratory Science is designed to be taken near the end of the student’s program of study.


Courses

MLS 501. Quality Assurance in the Clinical Laboratory. 2 Credits.

The course will consist of lectures, readings and case studies of quality assurance for the clinical laboratory. Prerequisite: MLS program students only.

MLS 502. Erythrocytes in Health and Disease. 2 Credits.

This course is the study of the erythrocyte. It includes discussions of the normal red cells with emphasis on molecular structure, molecular function, production and regulation. The course continues with studies of the molecular basis of the diseases of the erythrocyte. The role of the laboratory in the diagnosis of these conditions is stressed and current research tools are included. Prerequisite: MLS program students only.

MLS 503. Leukocytes in Health and Disease. 2 Credits.

This course presents the normal and abnormal structure and function of each of the peripheral blood leukocytes. Emphasis is on the molecular level, light and electron microscopic evaluation and the role of the laboratory in diagnosis of each condition. Prerequisite: MLS program students only.

MLS 505. Financial Management of the Clinical Laboratory. 2 Credits.

This course presents an overview for financial management of clinical laboratories. Students learn several basic financial operation concepts, how to evaluate productivity and how to manage salaries, wages and supply inventories for maximum cost containment. Students learn how to plan for capital expenditures, set laboratory fee rates and plan and implement a budget. Prerequisite: MLS program students only.

MLS 506. Clinical Chemistry. 2 Credits.

This course addresses the complex and difficult problems that have arisen as a byproduct of the effort to make effective use of the resources of analytical chemistry in support of the practice of medicine. Prerequisite: MLS program students only.

MLS 507. Clinical Immunohematology. 2 Credits.

A detailed study of the blood groups of man and laboratory aspects of blood banking with special reference to theoretical and clinical applications. Prerequisite: MLS program students only.

MLS 508. Leadership and Conflict Resolution in the Health Sciences. 2 Credits.

The course will provide basic and advanced training in becoming an effective leader in health service professions. Students will learn emotional intelligence skills that support leadership, how to mediate conflict through a transformative process, and problem solving facilitation techniques. In addition, students will learn how to apply their new skills for more effective living. Prerequisite: MLS program students only.

MLS 509. Educational Methodologies in Laboratory Science. 2 Credits.

This course will include information concerning the creation of instructional and evaluative material for teaching clinical laboratory science. Classroom management techniques and the peer review process for instructors will also be included.

MLS 513. Advanced Clinical Immunology for Laboratory Professionals. 2 Credits.

Broad array of topics, which will stretch from introductory level immunology to the current research and applications of that research in the modern clinical laboratory. Prerequisites: Consent of instructor is required; MLS program students only.

MLS 514. Computer Applications in Clinical Laboratory Science. 2 Credits.

This course is designed to provide students with knowledge of computer usage in Health Sciences. It will include hardware configuration, software applications in health care and on-line searching of periodicals. Instruction will be primarily on-line and require specific computer requirements. Prerequisite: MLS program students only.

MLS 515. Capstone Course in Clinical Laboratory Science. 2 Credits.

The Capstone Course in Clinical Laboratory Science (CLS) provides the student with a number of tools that they can use in their leadership roles in the CLS profession. The student will learn basic facilitation skills for leading meetings and solving problems in the work place. The student will develop their own professional Web page and learn how to create Web pages for their business or place of employment. They will learn about important computer applications such as Visual Basic, Excel and Power Point. The student will learn about informatics in the health sciences including applications of Internet use, Streaming Technology and Blackboard Teaching software. Prerequisites: Completion of at least 20 credits in the MLS Master of Science Program; MLS program students only.

MLS 516. Special Topics in Clinical Laboratory Science. 1-4 Credits.

Topical courses in laboratory medicine organized on a semester by semester basis. Repeatable to 10 credits. Prerequisite: MLS program students only.

MLS 517. Health Care Administration for the Clinical Laboratory Professional. 2 Credits.

Overview of the organization and financing of health care services including an examination of the philosophical, political, and economic foundations underlying the U.S. health care system. Students also will be introduced to a myriad of health care administration resources and case studies, including decision tools for adopting new technology and quality improvement strategies.

MLS 518. Molecular Diagnostics. 2 Credits.

An overview of specific molecular biology application in the laboratory and a discussion of cell biology, DNA chemistry, genetics, nucleic acid extraction and modification, blotting, polymerase chain reaction, and probes in relation to diagnostic investigations.

MLS 521. Seminar. 1 Credit.

Prerequisite: MLS program students only.

MLS 522. Clinical Bacteriology. 2 Credits.

An advanced study of the laboratory diagnosis of bacterial diseases and an in depth exploration of antibacterial agents.

MLS 523. Clinical Virology, Mycology, and Parasitology. 2 Credits.

An advanced study of the laboratory diagnosis of viral, fungal, and parasitic diseases and the antimicrobial agents to counteract them.

MLS 524. Current Trends and Issues for the Clinical Laboratory Scientist. 2 Credits.

Through group discussion and presentations, current trends in the field of Clinical Laboratory Science will be explored.

MLS 591. Directed Study in Laboratory Medicine. 1-6 Credits.

Designed to meet the needs of individual students in laboratory medicine. Primarily for graduate students. Repeatable to 6 credits. Prerequisites: Restricted to Master of Medical Lab Science students; Consent of instructor is required.

MLS 996. Continuing Enrollment. 1-12 Credits.

Prerequisite: MLS program students only.

MLS 997. Independent Study. 2 Credits.

The independent study is designed to require the student independently to investigate a topic related to the major field of study. Prerequisite: MLS program students only.

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