UC is committed to keeping our curriculum up to date with the latest advancements in medical laboratory science and the most innovative practices for online instruction. Graduates will be eligible and should be well-prepared for the Board of Certification exam sponsored by the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) for the Medical Laboratory Scientist credential.
PLEASE NOTE: Each didactic course is taught in a rolling curricular plan which means that each course is taught once every 4 semesters. Students must successfully complete each first-term course (Clinical Fluids Analysis, Clinical Immunology, and Special Topics in MLS) prior to progressing to term 2. The didactic courses must be successfully completed before students are permitted to register for the final two semesters. Students who elect to skip or withdraw from any didactic semester must complete the skipped course when it is taught again later (approximately 1.3 years later). The courses taught during the last two semesters are taught every semester (fall, spring and summer). Occasionally, a didactic course may be offered in addition to the regular curriculum for students who are off-track or need to retake a course. When such an offering occurs, eligible students will be notified.
Special Topics in Medical Laboratory Science (2 Semester Hours)
An objective look at the field of medical laboratory science from its inception and leading up to current and future technologies, with an emphasis on current topics such as ethical and social concerns, governmental issues, professionalism and health care delivery.
Clinical Immunology (3 Semester Hours)
This course is a focused study of clinical immunology. Physiology of the immune system, the immune response to infection and disease, pathophysiology of infectious disease and current diagnostic strategies and methods are covered. Emphasis is placed on diagnostic forms and clinical correlation of laboratory findings.
Clinical Fluid Analysis (2 Semester Hours)
A study of renal function and urinalysis procedures and body fluid examination.
Statistics (2 Semester Hours)
This course will focus on the statistical principles that are pertinent to health care and the clinical laboratory, as well as quality assurance.
Hemostasis (1 Semester Hour)
A comprehensive study of the blood clotting system in normal and pathological states, which includes discussions regarding the correlation of test results with diseases.
Diagnostic Molecular Biology (3 Semester Hours)
A basic study of medical genetics including the structure, function and synthesis of DNA, RNA and involved proteins; the mechanism of inheritance; and medical genetics. The study of molecular biology techniques and their applications is included as well as the laboratory diagnosis of disease. Discussions on ethics and emerging technologies are also included.
Clinical Chemistry (3 Semester Hours)
A study of serum and fluid chemistry in normal and pathological states and methods of analysis. Topics in this first course of a series of two include discussions on normal physiology as well as correlation of normal and abnormal human physiology as they relate to organ system function.
Hematology (3 Semester Hours)
A study of blood and blood cells in a normal state from development through senescence. Topics in this first course of a series of two include discussions on correlation of test results with the cells’ morphological appearance.
Special Microbiology (3 Semester Hours)
The study of clinically relevant fungal, parasitic and viral pathogens with an emphasis on diagnostic forms.
Clinical Microbiology (3 Semester Hours)
A study of the microorganisms associated with human infectious processes. Discussions include the characteristics, isolation, identification and clinical infections associated with pathogenic microorganisms.
Advanced Clinical Microbiology (3 Semester Hours)
A continued study of the microorganisms associated with human infectious processes. Discussions include the characteristics, isolation, identification and specialized antimicrobial techniques associated with pathogenic bacteria, as well as the role of the microbiology lab in the health care setting.
Principles of Immunohematology (3 Semester Hours)
A study of the theory, principles and procedures associated with transfusion medicine. Discussions cover routine procedures, blood donors, components, regulations and quality assurance.
Advanced Immunohematology (4 Semester Hours)
A more advanced study of the theory, principles and procedures associated with transfusion medicine. Discussions cover specialized procedures, advanced applications and quality assurance.
Advanced Clinical Chemistry (3 Semester Hours)
A study of serum and fluid chemistry in normal and pathological states and methods of analysis. Topics in this second course of a series of two include discussions on normal physiology as well as correlation of normal and abnormal human physiology as they relate to organ system function. Advanced topics include critical analysis and interpretation of clinical chemistry data.
Advanced Hematology (4 Semester Hours)
A study of the blood and blood cells in abnormal or malignant states. Topics in this second course of a series of two include discussions on normal and abnormal hematopoiesis and red blood cell and white blood cell disorders as well as the correlation of test results with disease states and therapies. Advanced topics include critical analysis and interpretation of hematological data and platelet disorders.
Advanced Clinical Practice
Advanced Clinical Practice (1-6 Semester Hours)
A clinical practicum experience that will focus on advanced, applied clinical laboratory techniques and concepts. The practicum experience will be individually designed for each student; the student will participate in choosing the practicum site. Included is a focused study of laboratory techniques and instrumentation as they apply to diagnosing disease.
Advanced Lab Concepts (2 Semester Hours)
An advanced MLS course that focuses on advanced, applied clinical laboratory techniques, concepts, troubleshooting and management-level decisions and processes. Advanced interpretation, application and correlations in all laboratory areas are included. Principles of clinical laboratory management including quality assurance and quality control will be included.
Laboratory Operations (2 Semester Hours)
A study of the basic principles of clinical laboratory management, including theory and practice. Topics will include personnel and financial management, regulation and accreditation, information management, quality assurance, quality control, and clinical and continuing education.
Capstone Experience Term — Final Term
Medical Laboratory Science Capstone (2 Semester Hours)
A course in which students participate in a series of current topic seminars culminating in the development and presentation of a fundamental research project involving an aspect of state-of-the-art clinical laboratory science practice. Under the direction of faculty, students prepare a written report and publicly present their findings.
Advanced Clinical Correlations (6 Semester Hours)
This advanced course will focus on further development of critical thinking and problem solving skills in all of the laboratory disciplines, as well as integration of laboratory analyses, interpretation and application. Activities include discussions, case studies, interactive activities and assignments, focused reviews and examinations. Mastery of content will be assessed through a comprehensive examination.