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BSHS in Medical Laboratory Sciences: Curriculum

Curriculum Details

60 TOTAL CREDITS REQUIRED

Students in the fully online program complete 46 credits of core courses, 3 credits hours of writing, and choose 11 credit hours of elective coursework. Students in the blended program complete 48 credits of core courses, 6 credit hours of writing, and 6 credit hours of in-person laboratory courses.

Core

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.

Principles of clinical microbiology with emphasis on pathogenic characteristics, isolation, and identification of bacteria related to human disease. The course focuses on the theoretical approach to the current diagnostic techniques and identification systems used in clinical practice. Various topics, including disease causation and laboratory identification of medically significant bacteria will be discussed.

This course presents the etiology of infectious diseases in different body sites with an emphasis on the epidemiology, pathogenic mechanisms, and laboratory identification of suspected etiologic agents. Various topics, specimen collection and handling, diagnosis and treatment of medically significant bacteria will be discussed.

This course covers the principles and procedures involved in the diagnosis of parasitic, fungal, and viral infections. Various topics, including disease causation, specimen collection, and handling, laboratory identification, and treatment of medically significant fungi, parasites and viruses will be discussed

This course features a study of the blood and blood-forming tissues with emphasis on hematologic techniques, and cell identification Anemias and non-malignant leukocyte disorders are also presented.

This course features a study of the blood and blood-forming tissues with an emphasis on white blood cell disorders. An introduction to the hemostatic system and associated coagulation disorders are also presented.

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

This course studies the methodologies employed in the chemical analysis of human blood and body fluids. This includes an examination of the fundamentals of measurement and the principles of instrumentation as they relate to the assay of each analyte studied. Also, the laboratory results are correlated with clinical significance and pathophysiology, which may generate changes in the analyte. Throughout the course, the quality assurance measures required to ensure the reliability and validity of the laboratory results will also be emphasized.

This second course in clinical biochemistry continues the study of the measurement and interpretation of chemical constituents in human blood and body fluids The laboratory results of each analyte are correlated with the clinical significance and pathophysiology which may generate changes in the analyte. Throughout the course, the quality assurance measures required to ensure reliability and validity of the laboratory results will also be emphasized.

The major blood group systems that affect the practice of transfusion medicine and examines the processing and distribution of blood products supplied by transfusion services.

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.

A comprehensive review of medical laboratory science, which prepares students to sit for the board of certification examination Integration of knowledge gained in didactic and practicum courses within the various laboratory disciplines, including hematology, microbiology, chemistry, and immunohematology.

Additional requirements for the fully online program

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.

Clinical practicum in which students apply medical knowledge and clinical skills gained in the didactic MLS 4145 and MLS 4146 Prerequisite: MLS 4145 and MLS 4146.

Clinical practicum in which students apply medical knowledge and clinical skills gained in the didactic MLS 4116, MLS 4117, and MLS 4119 Prerequisites: MLS 4116, MLS 4117, and MLS 4119.

Clinical practicum in which students apply medical knowledge and clinical skills gained in the didactic MLS 4130, MLS 4131, and the urinalysis and body fluids section of 4146 Prerequisites: MLS 4130, MLS 4131, and MLS 4146.

Clinical practicum in which students apply medical knowledge and clinical skills gained in the didactic MLS 4150 Prerequisites: MLS 4150.

8 credits of electives selected with advisor approval

Additional requirements for the hybrid BSHS program

Clinical practicum in which students apply medical knowledge and clinical skills gained in MLS 4150. Prerequisites: MLS 4150.

Application of the medical knowledge and clinical skills gained in the didactic clinical biochemistry I and clinical biochemistry II courses. Proctor fee.

Analyses and laboratory testing of human blood specimens.

Students apply medical knowledge and clinical skills gained in MLS 4123 (Clinical Microbiology I), MLS 4124 (Clinical Microbiology II), and MLS 4151 (Molecular Diagnostics). Proctor fee.

Active engagement in applying medical knowledge and clinical skills in the analysis of urine and body fluids.

One-week required rotation for students in the Bachelor of Science in Health Science in Medical Laboratory Science (MLS), Post-baccalaureate MLS, or Post-baccalaureate in Hematology for MLS certificate programs. Focus on analyses and laboratory testing of human blood specimens.

Hands-on experience in current diagnostic techniques and identification systems used in clinical practice; principles, procedures, techniques and data interpretation for the isolation and identification of clinically significant bacteria. Restricted to students in the medical laboratory science program. Prerequisites: BISC 1111. Corequisites: MLS 4116.

Principles and procedures involved in the diagnosis of parasitic, fungal, and viral infections; disease causation, specimen collection and handling, laboratory identification and treatment of medically significant fungi, parasites and viruses. Laboratory fee. Corequisite MLS 4119. Restricted to students in the medical laboratory science program. Prerequisites: BISC 1112; or BISC 1116 and BISC 1126

Diagnostic analyses used to evaluate disease states associated with human blood cells; quality assurance in the hematology lab and on the evaluation of stained blood smears and microscopic differentiation of blood cells. Restricted to students in the medical laboratory science program. Prerequisites: BISC 1111. Corequisites: MLS 4130.

Practical laboratory course covering the principles and procedures of various diagnostic testing procedures performed in the clinical biochemistry laboratory; measurement and interpretation of chemical constituents in human blood and body fluids. Laboratory fee. Corequisite: MLS 4145. Prerequisites: CHEM 1111 and CHEM 1112. Recommended background: students in the medical laboratory science program.

Performance of routine blood banking procedures, including blood group and Rh typing, antibody screens, antibody identification, cross matching, and elution and absorption techniques. Restricted to students in the medical laboratory science program.

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.

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