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Dual Degree BSHS in Medical Laboratory Sciences/MSHS in Molecular Diagnostic Sciences: Curriculum

Curriculum Details

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The multi-level online dual degree program offers academically qualified individuals a seamless and accelerated pathway for completing both the Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences (BSHS) in Medical Laboratory Sciences (MLS) and the Master of Science in Health Sciences (MSHS) in Molecular Diagnostic Sciences (MDS). Undergraduate and graduate degrees will be conferred sequentially, with the BSHS awarded upon completion of 120 credits (six of which are taken for graduate credit). The MSHS is awarded following completion of an additional 29 credits of graduate coursework.

Core

Basic concepts and methods of biostatistics applied to translational research. Topics include distributions, populations and sample selection, variables, interaction and confounding, hypothesis formulation, correlation, t-tests, ANOVA, regression, and chi.

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

This course covers the principles of the immune system and the clinical applications of immunology related to the diagnosis of human diseases. The first half of the course will focus on the components of the immune system and the various functions of each.

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

During this practicum course, the student will actively engage in applying molecular techniques to diagnose various human diseases.* May be substituted with an elective for students with current clinical molecular laboratory experience.

A comprehensive overview of the molecular basis of diseases caused by microbial pathogens with a focus on model microbial systems to illustrate mechanisms of the human infectious disease process.

A comprehensive overview of current molecular technologies and how they are used in modern medicine.

This course will cover hereditary and molecular genetics, with an emphasis on genomics and human diseases.

This course will emphasize the molecular mechanisms of DNA replication, repair, transcription, translation and gene regulation in prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells.

Investigation of human disease processes with an emphasis on the molecular and genetic mechanisms of disease. The goal of this class is to advance students’ understanding of how molecular, cellular and genetic approaches are used to investigate human diseases.

Traditional and modern topics in research ethics and scientific integrity Students will learn to conduct unbiased peer-review, conduct research, and report on an independent case examinations, research misconduct or other ethical issues, and participate in oral scientific and ethical discussions.

Exploration of findings within the medical laboratory science field. Current topics will be integrated into the development of a required project proposal for the capstone research project that the student will complete in the following semester.

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