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BSHS in Clinical Embryology and Assisted Reproductive Technology: Curriculum

Curriculum Details

Explore the latest in clinical embryology over 60 total credit hours. Develop a foundational understanding of health sciences and take your understanding further by exploring the interconnected sciences of endocrinology, cryobiology, and andrology. The program accepts applications three times per year for start in the Fall, Spring and Summer semester.

Core

How hormones control the flow of information between different cells and tissues with an emphasis on the human reproductive system; classes of hormones, sources and synthesis of hormones, receptors and target tissues, mechanisms of action and regulation, and methods used in endocrinology. Prerequisites: BISC 1111; or BISC 1115 and BISC 1125.

Topics vary by semester. May be repeated for credit provided topic differs. See Schedule of Classes for more details. Prerequisites: BISC 1111; or BISC 1115 and BISC 1125.

Physiology of the female reproductive system; gamete biology, fertilization and early embryo development; embryo culture techniques, intracytoplasmic sperm Injection (ICSI), and embryo selection and transfer. Proctor fee Prerequisites: BISC 1111; or BISC 1115 and BISC 1125.

Techniques used in the clinical embryology laboratory, including embryo culture, oocyte retrievals, selection and egg denudation, sperm preparations for in vitro fertilization (IVF), and intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) procedures CERT 4010 may be taken as a corequisite. Laboratory fee Prerequisites: CERT 4010

The physiology of the male reproductive system; sperm anatomy and motility, seminal plasma, and male gamete biology Proctor fee Prerequisites: BISC 1111; or BISC 1115 and BISC 1125.

Techniques used to analyze semen for assisted reproduction procedure; sperm morphology, motility and vitality, sperm preparation, and chromatin assessment CERT 4012 may be taken as a corequisite. Laboratory fee Prerequisites: CERT 4012.

Theory and methods used to freeze sperm, testicular tissues and embryos for use during in vitro fertilization procedures. Cryo-injuries and vitrification solutions Proctor fee Prerequisites: BISC 1111; or BISC 1115 and BISC 1125.

Freezing techniques for assisted reproductive technologies; sperm and embryo freezing, embryo stage vitrification, blastocyst slow freezing, and testicular sperm freezing. CERT 4014 may be taken as a corequisite. Laboratory fee Prerequisites: CERT 4014.

The role of preimplantation genetics procedures for use in reproductive medicine; embryo biopsies at different developmental stages and trophectoderm cell biopsy at the blastocyst stage MLS 4171 may be taken as a corequisite Laboratory fee Prerequisites: MLS 4171.

Application of embryology techniques in a clinical assisted reproductive technology (ART) laboratory facility Proctor fee Prerequisites: MLS 4010 and MLS 4011.

Application of andrology techniques in a clinical assisted reproductive technology (ART) laboratory facility Proctor fee Prerequisites: MLS 4012 and MLS 4013.

Application of cryobiology techniques in a clinical assisted reproductive technology (ART) laboratory facility Proctor fee Prerequisites: MLS 4014 and MLS 4015.

Application of preimplantation genetic diagnosis techniques in a clinical assisted reproductive technology (ART) laboratory facility Proctor fee Prerequisites: MLS 4016 and MLS 4171.

Introduction to the health sciences literature Emphasis is on construction, evaluation and organization of written communication of health sciences information.

Includes a significant engagement in writing as a form of critical inquiry and scholarly expression to satisfy the WID requirement.

This course provides an overview and practice of the basic mathematical techniques used in the clinical laboratory, including exponential and logarithms, measurement systems, solutions and concentrations, proportionality, graphing, statistics and quality control, and method evaluation. Practical applications of the data analysis will be emphasized.

This course provides an overview of the ethical and professional conduct of medical laboratory professionals. Reflection and discussion of ethical and professional dilemmas encountered by medical laboratory professionals will be emphasized.

Principles of the immune system’s components, functions, interactions with microorganisms, and the clinical applications of immunologic assays to human health and disease.

Principles of the immune system’s components, functions, interactions with microorganisms, and the clinical applications of immunologic assays to human health and disease.

Introduction to the molecular techniques used to diagnose human disease; technology, theory, and methodology of specific molecular protocols that can be used within a clinical laboratory setting to aid in disease diagnostics including those of genetic, oncogenic, and infections origin.

Introduction to critical concepts of lab management, including leadership theory, management principles, human resource management, financial management, quality management, and laboratory operations.

An introduction to the theory of and laboratory techniques in molecular biology with an emphasis on molecular and serological techniques, including DNA extraction and quantitation, restriction enzyme digestion, polymerase chain reaction, agarose gel electrophoresis, flow cytometry, and ELISA Restricted to students in the medical laboratory science program.

Electives

Three credits in elective MLS or HSCI courses approved by the program director.

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