• Curriculum

    Course descriptions  
    The curriculum consists of the following courses with formal lectures and clinical rotations through the various sections of the laboratory.

    Clinical Chemistry I (4-6 credit hrs.*)  
    Theory and practice of analytical biochemistry as applied to pathologic states, methodology and instrumentation. Statistics as applied to reagent preparation, result determination and quality control. 

    Clinical Chemistry II (2-4 credit hrs.*)
    Theory and practice of analytical biochemistry as applied to specialized tests for drugs, endocrine function, urine and body fluid analysis.

    Clinical Hematology (4-6 credit hrs.*) 
    Study of the origin, development, morphology, physiology, and pathophysiology of the formed elements of the blood and bone marrow. Manual and automated methods of cell counting, differentiation and other special hematological procedures on blood and body fluids used in disease diagnosis are included.

    Clinical Hemostasis (1-2 credit hrs.*)  
    Study of platelet, vascular, coagulation and fibrinolytic systems. Procedures and applications of the principles of hemostasis as related to disease states and therapeutic monitoring are also included.

    Clinical Immunohematology (3-5 credit hrs.*)  
    Study of red cell antigen-antibody systems, antibody screening and identification, compatibility testing and immunopathologic conditions. Also included are donor requirements and blood component preparation and therapy. 

    Clinical Immunology (2-3 credit hrs.*)
    Study of the principles of the protective and adversive aspects of the cellular and humoral immune responses. Theory and performance of test procedures based on antigen-antibody reactions and clinical significance of test results are included.

    Clinical Microbiology I (5-6 credit hrs.*)  
    Theory and practice of the isolation and identification of pathogenic bacteria and mycobacteria in clinical specimens through cultures, morphology, biochemical and/or serological reactions and their drug susceptibility. The relation of clinical testing to disease states is also included.

    Clinical Microbiology II (2-3 credit hrs.*)  
    Theory and practice of the isolation and identification of fungi, parasites, rickettsia, and viruses utilizing morphological, cultural, biochemical and serologic methods. The relation of clinical testing to disease states and epidemiology as it applies to microbiology is also included.

    Special Topics in Clinical Laboratory Science (1-2 credit hrs.*)  
    An overview of medical ethics, patient approach, the theory and practice of phlebotomy techniques, laboratory safety, applications of laboratory computer systems and independent clinical research and development.

    Clinical Management and Education (1-2 credit hrs.*) 
    A basic introduction to the principles and theory of management and education as related to the clinical laboratory. The special job responsibilities of the medical laboratory scientist in management and education are addressed. 

    *Credit hours may vary according to affiliated university.

    Clinical Rotation Schedule

    Orientation/Venipuncture Technique 1 week
    Flow Cytometry / Point of Care Testing 1 week
    Management 1 week
    Immunology 3 weeks
    Chemistry 5 weeks
    Transfusion Service 7 weeks
    Hematology/Coagulation 8 weeks
    Microbiology 9 weeks