About the Medical Laboratory Science (MLS) Program
NOTICE: The Fairview Health Services MLS program will close when the Class of 2014 graduates, May 2014.
The Fairview Health Services Medical Laboratory Science (MLS) program enrolled its first class in June 2004. Partnering with Augsburg College, the MLS curriculum is the senior year that leads to a Bachelor of Science in Clinical Laboratory Science. Other academic affiliates are North Dakota State University (Fargo), Minnesota State University-Mankato, Winona State University, St. Cloud State University, and the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. Priority for admission is given to students from the academic affiliates. Students from other colleges will also be considered for admission to the program.
The format of the 12-month program provides theoretical knowledge and practical application in hematology, hemostasis, body fluids, chemistry, microbiology, immunology, immunohematology, endocrinology, flow cytometry, molecular diagnostics, management, education, and research. Following 20 weeks of lecture and student lab, the students spend 26 weeks in two or more of Fairview’s clinical sites: University of Minnesota Medical Center, Fairview (East and West Bank campuses), Fairview Southdale Hospital, Fairview Ridges Hospital, Fairview Lakes Medical Center, and Fairview Northland Medical Center.
The program emphasizes lab principles and procedures, clinical significance and correlation, quality assessment, laboratory management and supervision, education methodologies and computer applications. Graduates are eligible to sit for national certification with the Board of Certification as a MLS (Medical Laboratory Scientist).
The program is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS), 5600 River Road, Suite 720, Rosemont, IL 60018, 773-714-8880. The program was granted seven years accreditation in October 2010 which is the maximum years allowed for a program.