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Program Curriculum

Course Descriptions

MAJOR SUBJECTS:

Range of Semester Hour Credits

1. CLINICAL MICROSCOPY/URINALYSIS

2-3 sem. hrs.

Lecture, supervised laboratory instruction, quality control, instrumentation, computer applications and experience in body fluids and urine in regard to chemical and cellular composition. Anatomy and physiology, theory of renal function in health and disease.

 

2. CLINICAL HEMATOLOGY/COAGULATION

5-8 sem. hrs.

Lecture, supervised laboratory instruction, quality control, instrumentation, computer applications and experience in the analysis of cellular elements of the blood and bone marrow, both normal and abnormal, and on the hemostatic mechanisms of the blood.

 

3. CLINICAL MICROBIOLOGY

8-12 sem. hrs.

Lecture, supervised laboratory instruction, quality control, instrumentation, computer applications and experience in the isolation and identification of pathogenic organisms and their susceptibility to anti-microbial agents. Includes bacteriology, mycology, parasitology and virology.

 

4. CLINICAL SEROLOGY/IMMUNOLOGY

2-3 sem. hrs.

Lecture on antigen/antibody structure-function-interaction, supervised laboratory instruction, quality control, instrumentation, computer applications and experience in applying the principles of immunology to serologic diagnosis.

5. CLINICAL CHEMISTRY

8-12 sem. hrs.

Lecture, supervised laboratory instruction, quality control, computer applications, instrumentation, and experience in medically oriented biochemistry as applied to normal and abnormal physiology and analyses of body constituents. Includes analyses of special body fluids such as amniotic, synovial, cerebrospinal and pleural fluids. Includes special procedures utilized for toxicology, endocrinology and immunoassay.

 

6. CLINICAL IMMUNOHEMATOLOGY

4-6 sem. hrs.

Lecture, supervised laboratory instruction, quality control, instrumentation, computer applications and experience in theory and practice of immunohematology as applied to blood transfusion, component therapy, autoimmune diseases, immunologic diagnostic procedures and blood component preparation and administration.
 

 

SPECIALIZED UNITS (SPECIALIZED TOPICS)
 

7. ORIENTATION TO MEDICAL LABORATORY SCIENCE

0-1 sem. hrs.

a. Introduction: Introduction to basic techniques, principles of safety, infection control, professional ethics, personal and professional responsibilities in the clinical laboratory. Review of program's rules and regulations. Introduction to clinical significance of laboratory procedures in diagnosis and treatment.

 

b. Phlebotomy: Anatomy and physiology of the arm, blood collection techniques from vein, capillary, artery and difficult draw sites. Specimen variables and handling techniques. Interactive communication skills with patients and para-professionals.

 

c. Computer Applications in the Medical Lab: An introduction to techniques, principles and concept common in laboratory data processing systems. Utilization of mini-computers in the laboratory and within instruments.

 

d. Laboratory Mathematics/Quality Assurance: Laboratory oriented mathematics with emphasis on performing calculations related to units of measure, pH, Beer's law and calibration curves, Henderson-Hasselbach equation, enzyme activity, renal clearance, hematology calculation. Principles and practice of quality assurance. Includes statistical techniques, method evaluation and pipette calibration.

 

8. MANAGEMENT AND SUPERVISION

0-4 sem. hrs.

Lectures and/or seminars on theory and techniques of laboratory oriented management practices utilized in planning, organizing, directing, controlling and supervising a medical laboratory facility.

 

9. EDUCATION METHODOLOGIES

0-4 sem. hrs.

Lecture and/or seminars on the principles of education. Includes methods of instruction, writing objectives and evaluation devices for didactic and clinical practice.

 

10. INTRODUCTION TO RESEARCH

0-1 sem. hrs.

Faculty guided study, research, scientific writing, case study presentations and/or projects in specialty area(s) of medical laboratory science.

 

 

TOTAL SEMESTER HOURS CREDIT =

40

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