Mayo Clinic, UND team up to train laboratory scientists
GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- The University of North Dakota medical school and the Mayo Clinic are teaming up to train clinical lab scientists, mostly through online courses.
The agreement is aimed at supplying the clinic with more lab scientists, who do tests that Mayo physicians need to make diagnoses. It also will bring scientists up to date on advances in their field.
"It's really an exciting program, and a great opportunity for UND to take part in what I believe is a new way of approaching education," said Dr. Wayne Bruce, director of the school's division of medical laboratory science.
Bruce said about 70 Mayo employees have signed up for courses, which students can take at their own pace over a semester. The Mayo Clinic will pay tuition costs for its employees.
On top of tuition dollars, the university reaps the benefit of training highly skilled students from a prestigious institution, Bruce said.
The program will allow Mayo laboratory scientists, who have associate's degrees, to receive baccalaureate degrees through the schools.