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Dual Degree BSHS in Molecular Diagnostic Sciences / MSHS in Clinical Microbiology: Curriculum

Curriculum Details

89 TOTAL CREDITS REQUIRED

You’ll graduate with both the clinical rotations and coursework you need to sit for the ASCP Board of Certification Exams in Molecular Biology as well as Microbiology.

  • The BSHS, fully online track requires four elective courses, totaling 12 credit hours
  • The BSHS, hybrid track requires three elective courses, totaling 9 credit hours
  • The hybrid program requires the completion of both MLS 4251 and 4252. These two courses are not required for the fully online track.

Core

Concepts in biotechnology with special emphasis on issues and advances in medicine and health care Restricted to Students in SMHS.

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

Principles of microbiology with emphasis on microorganisms that impact health and cause human disease. Topics include an overview of microbiology and aspects of medical microbiology, identification and control of pathogens, disease transmission, host resistance, and immunity. Prerequisites: One course in biology or chemistry or anatomy and physiology; or MLS 2000 or MLS 2001.

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

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.

Students explore the basic concepts of epidemiology which includes various epidemiological study designs used to examine disease frequency, cause-effect relationships between risk factors and disease states, and effects of bias as examples. Students apply epidemiologic concepts in the context of translational research.

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.

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.

Foundational course in molecular biology; DNA replication, DNA repair, transcription, translation and gene regulation.

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.

Culmination course for the BSHS in molecular diagnostic sciences program. Provides an overview of molecular diagnostics using a case-based approach. Students must have earned a minimum grade of C in all prerequisite courses in order to enroll in this course. Program director approval may be substituted for prerequisite courses. Proctor fee.

Course Description: Theory and processes of current molecular techniques used to diagnose human disease.

This course will cover the application of molecular testing to diagnose various human diseases and disorders. Proctor fee.

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.

Molecular-based testing to determine human disease causation.  

Application of molecular techniques in a clinical setting to facilitate the diagnosis of human diseases. Students must have earned a minimum grade of C in all prerequisite courses Instructor permission may be substituted for prerequisites.

A systematic approach to the biology and epidemiology of human parasitic and fungal diseases. The symptomology, pathology, diagnostic procedures, and treatment of the various parasites and fungi that infect humans. Other topics include disease causation and specimen collection/handling.

Pathogenic characteristics, isolation techniques, specimen collection and handling, laboratory identification, and treatment of medically significant bacteria and viruses; current diagnostic techniques used in clinical practice. Laboratory fee.

The etiology of infectious diseases in different body sites using a case study approach. The epidemiology, pathogenic mechanisms, and laboratory identification of suspected etiologic agents. Commonly encountered clinical species are discussed using case studies that include clinical history, signs and symptoms, and laboratory test results of diseases produced by the etiologic agents.

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.

The advances in scientific technology have expanded the interest and applicability of nucleic acid based analysis within clinical diagnostic laboratories and routine screening procedures. This course provides an overview of molecular biology and genetic concepts as well as the molecular techniques used to diagnose human diseases. The course will emphasize the technology, theory, and methodology of specific molecular protocols that can be utilized within a clinical and research laboratory setting to aid in disease diagnosis, including those of genetic, oncogenic, and infectious 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 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.

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.

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