Chemistry / Clinical Instrumentation
The topics covered in this course include: carbohydrates, proteins, lipids, hormones, electrolytes with acid-base relationships, liver function tests, non-protein nitrogen compounds, tumor markers and enzymes. The students learn complex instrumentation, quality control procedures and problem solving techniques.
Renal Function, Urinalysis (Clinical Microscopy) and Body Fluids
The significance of laboratory findings and their relationship to disease is stressed. Routine urinalysis and body fluid analysis typically consists of observing physical characteristics, determining specific gravity, performing chemical screening tests, and examining the sediment under the microscope.
This course focuses on the qualitative and quantitative study of blood cells (white cells, red cells, and platelets) — their formation, development, number and concentration, the relative distribution of various types of cells, and their structural or biochemical abnormalities that contribute to disease. Through both automated and manual methods, including microscopic examination, cells are enumerated and differentiated based on cytochemical and physical properties. Via this investigation, students will identify both normal and abnormal cells, correlating their findings with clinical conditions.
Coagulation or Hemostasis is the study of the complex interactions of platelets, coagulation factors and blood proteins to maintain the integrity of blood in a fluid state. Through hands on training in the laboratory, students will evaluate platelet function, detect factor deficiencies and study the thrombotic and fibrinolytic activities in patients.
This series of lectures studies the clinical and serological nature of antigens and antibodies as they relate to the transfusion of blood and blood components. The laboratory experience provides the students with an understanding of the scope of Transfusion Medicine – a discipline which encompasses the collection, processing, storage, distribution and transfusion of blood components. The students gain experience in compatibility testing, problem resolution and decision making in critical situations.
Immunology / Serology
Immunology is the study of factors involved in the response of a host to a specific challenge with a foreign antigen. The study of the immune response takes into account the noncellular or humoral elements and the cellular elements of immunity. This course delves into both normal and abnormal immune function, including immunodeficiency states, autoimmune diseases, and hypersensitivity disorders, particular allergy. The student will discover the proper selection of tests, significance of laboratory results, and interpretation of immunological batteries.
Administration / Management
This course involves the topics of health care reform environment, Federal organizations and national organizations, general management theory, financial management, computers, personnel management, and general health care.
This course covers operation management, human resource management, marketing strategy & organizational policies, regulatory issues, managing communication and information technology, management of financial resources, professionalism, and new developments in the field of clinical laboratory science.
This course teaches the student the basic principles of educational methodologies in the cognitive, psychomotor and affective domains. It includes the preparation of instructional units, writing objectives and evaluation.
General Lab Practice
This course includes laboratory safety, general lab supplies, equipment, microcomputers, Quality assurance and Quality Control, method selection and evaluation, management of service and quality, and point-of-care applications.
This phase of the program gives students the experience of team collaboration as they investigate an IRB approved research project. The project includes statistical evaluation and an oral presentation of their findings, and culminates with a poster presentation at the Annual Research Day program.
This module covers the topics of critical thinking, clinical pathways, and team building. The goal of this learning experience is to develop the skill of being a "critical thinker" in the medical laboratory. The first phase examines the relationship among thinking, learning and knowledge, and students apply this relationship during in-class activities. The second phase features group activities to collect and assess patient data through laboratory findings, clinician's notes, signs and symptoms, and previous medical history to reach an accurate diagnosis.
The techniques of venipuncture together with knowledge of Standard Precautions, safety issues and patient confidentiality guidelines are stressed in this course. Practical experience in the development of this skill is obtained in a patient care area, and proficiency is demonstrated via a written exam and successful completion of a preset number of draws.
This module explores current ethical issues in health care and medicine. Student selects an ethical issue, write a research paper on it, and present it to their peers. This discussion includes the technical aspects of the topic along with public policy debates, personal opinions and validity of the arguments surrounding the chosen topic.
Microbiology / Bacteriology
The core curriculum design for Clinical Microbiology emphasizes the study of medically significant microorganisms. It includes bacteriology, mycology, virology, and mycobacteriology. Infectious diseases are reviewed in a systematic fashion by organ system. Etiologic agents are grouped by genomic relatedness. Didactic sessions in combination with clinical experience will facilitate the differentiation of pathogens and commensal flora.
Parasitology / Virology / Mycology
A subsection of Clinical Microbiology, this course imparts to the students the scientific knowledge of parasitic human infectious. Lectures focus on physiology, life cycles, transmission, symptomatology and treatment of disease.
This section covers the fundamentals of molecular biology, and its testing applications. The lecture portion includes the following topics: structure and function of DNA, DNA replication, restriction enzymes and specific types of electrophoresis. Students learn the newest techniques of DNA based assays such as PCR and methods to detect DNA and RNA.