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Certificate in Microbiology for Medical Laboratory Science: Curriculum

Curriculum Details


The online Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Microbiology for Medical Laboratory Science (MLS) requires completion of 20 credit hours. Completion of the certificate qualifies the graduate to take the Technologist in Microbiology examination offered by national certifying agencies.

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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

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.

Students apply medical knowledge and clinical skills gained in Bacteriology I and Bacteriology II.

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Note, 45 transferrable credits required to apply for BSHS and BSHS/MSHS dual degree programs