Non-Academic Requirements

Technical standards

The Technical Standards are knowledge, skill, and attitude/behavioral requirements necessary for successful admission and continuance by students for the MLS program. They are also necessary to acquire or demonstrate competence in a discipline as complex as diagnostic laboratory medicine. The National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (http://www.naacls.org) requires that the Technical Standards (also called Essential Functions), required for admission to and continuance in the MLS program, be made available to prospective students and to the public.

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Honor code

Members of the Medical Laboratory Science Program are expected to engage in behavior that promotes the continuous development and improvement of student's academic experience. Honesty and integrity inside and outside the classroom are essential components of such an environment and imperative for all members of the community to incorporate into their scholastic pursuits.

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Immunizations

According to Occupation Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulations, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines, and Academic Health Center (AHC) policy, all students (including international students) enrolled in AHC colleges must meet immunization requirements as a condition of enrollment. Student in the AHC must provide proof of the following immunizations and testing .Visit the Boynton Health Service website for specific requirements.

NOTE: Written documentation of immunization status is needed with a nurse or doctor's signature (include the clinic site). The completed form is submitted to Boynton Health Service upon admission.

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Criminal background studies

All MLS students are required to complete an annual criminal background study during enrollment of the program. Completing the study is a requirement of Minnesota State Law and those who fail to cooperate with the request are not able to complete the clinical and/or fieldwork components of the degree program. It is the student’s responsibility to keep a copy of the criminal background study certificate.

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Technology requirements

Due to the hybrid and online delivery format of all Medical Laboratory Sciences (MLS) courses, all students in the MLS program must have consistent and reliable access to a computer and the Internet. Students in the MLS Program will need to maintain a minimum level of capacity and flexibility with computer equipment and other technological issues.

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Health insurance

All MLS students are required to have health insurance while they are attending/participating in all course work including clinical experience rotations. Students are often at locations other than on campus and out-of-classroom experiences put students at risk for infectious diseases such as influenza, hepatitis B, HIV, and other occupational health risks. AHC students will automatically be charged the Student Health Benefit Plan fee or can request a waiver to use other outside insurance. Regardless of which insurance plan they choose, students must never experience a gap in coverage while in the MLS Program.

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Student Services Fee

Students enrolled in 6 or more credits for fall and spring semester or 3 or more credits for summer term must pay a student services fee in addition to tuition. This fee provides students with access to various campus resources and services. These include but are not limited to: University-sponsored Student Health Benefit Plan, Boynton Health Services, Student Conflict Resolution Center, University Recreation & Wellness Center, University Student Legal Services.

Students must review their University account (via MyU portal) each semester to ensure they have been assessed this fee to avoid interruption to these resources and services. If you are not being assessed the Student Services Fee automatically, you are required to complete the Student Services Fee Assessment Request form to be issued to the fee. Failure to comply could result in removal from course enrollment.

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Terms and Conditions

If an applicant is offered a spot in the Medical Laboratory Sciences program, they will have to read and accept the following Terms and Conditions.

Secondary Review Factors

Students who apply to the MLS Program will have their applications reviewed based on the non-academic primary and secondary factors below. All applications are reviewed in their entirety and admission decisions are based on overall assessment of each applicant’s academic preparation and performance, experiences, and the following factors:

Primary Factors

  • Rating on the personal interview
  • Performance on the Admissions Skills Assessment

Secondary Factors

Individual circumstances such as those listed below are also considered as part of the overall assessment of each application and may factor into individual decisions (in no particular order), but are not required as conditions for admission:

  • Work experience in medical or other laboratory setting
  • Military service
  • Knowledge of MLS profession