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Curriculum & Course Descriptions

Examinations are held for each clinical rotation and lecture unit. To continue in the Medical Laboratory Science Program, the student must maintain an average "C" (70%) or above in each major course of study, and demonstrate an aptitude and fitness for the profession of Medical Laboratory Science as indicated by the written evaluations of his or her clinical performance. All clinical rotations are conducted onsite in the hospital laboratory with the following exceptions: MRVBC blood donor collection site and MRVBC donor processing center for one day site visits.

Upon successful completion of the 34-week clinical year including orientation, a copy of the student's transcript documenting the subjects and credit hours of completed courses is sent to the Registrar of the college or university awarding the baccalaureate degree. The granting of the degree is not contingent upon the student passing any type of certification or licensure exam.

The student is presented with a certificate of completion upon graduation.

The successful completion of the program qualifies the student for the certification examination in Medical Technology.

Orientation and Phlebotomy

The initial week of each class is spent in orientation, which involves introduction to the total course program safety issues, learning phlebotomy, specimen processing and laboratory computer systems.

Clinical Weeks: 1
Credit Hours: 0.5

Clinical Chemistry and Toxicology

Identification and quantization of specific chemical substances in blood and body fluids by analytical methodologies; clinical correlation with disease states; principles of instrumentation; practical experience with instruments; data processing; quality control; statistics.

Lecture Hours: 52.5 Credit Hours: 4.4
Clinical Weeks: 7      Credit Hours: 3.3
Total Credit Hours: 7.7

Clinical Hematology/Coagulation/Urinalysis/Body Fluids

Theory of blood cell formation and disease states; hemostasis; microscopic examination of blood films; practical experience with instruments and techniques that determine major hematologic and coagulation parameters; quality control. Theory of renal function in health and disease; renal function tests including chemical and microscopic examination of urine; analysis of spinal fluid and other body fluids; quality control.

Lecture Hours: 40.5         Credit Hours: 3.4
Clinical Weeks: 10           Credit Hours: 4.7
Total Credit Hours: 8.1

Clinical Immunohematology

Major blood group systems; principles and procedures for antigen-antibody detection and identification; donor blood collection, preservation and processing; component therapy; transfusion reaction evaluation; Rh Immunoglobulin; cross matching donor and patient blood; quality control; genetics.

Lecture Hours: 25.5            Credit Hours: 2.1
Clinical Weeks: 7                 Credit Hours: 3.3
Total Credit Hours: 5.4

Clinical Immunoassay and Immunology

Antigen/antibody structure, function and interaction; principles and procedures of humoral and cellular immunology; principles and procedures for enzyme immunoassay, including clinical correlation; quality control, and molecular/other testing methodologies.

Lecture Hours: 13.5            Credit Hours 1.1
Clinical Weeks: Included in various departments, equates to 4 clinical weeks.
Total Credit Hours 1.1

Clinical Microbiology

Theory and techniques of cultivation, isolation and identification of bacteria, fungi, parasites and viruses; determination of sensitivity to antimicrobial agents; clinical correlation to disease states; asepsis; epidemiology; performance and clinical correlation of serological testing; quality control, and microbial PCR.

Lecture Hours: 39                  Credit Hours: 3.3
Clinical Weeks: 9                 Credit Hours 4.2
Total Credit Hours: 7.5

Senior Seminar

Laboratory management/administration: finances, safety, regulations/standards, evaluation/planning, personnel relations, educational methodologies, problem solving, laboratory information systems, ethics, professionalism, communication, team building, principles of laboratory operations, scientific writing, case studies and presentations.

Lecture Hours: 6            Credit Hours: 0.5
Total Credit Hours 0.5
All credit hours listed are semester hours.