Course Descriptions

401 Clinical Microbiology and Virology – seven seminar hours
This course includes a comprehensive study of clinically important microorganisms and their role in human disease. It includes the epidemiology and effect on the human host; utilization of biochemical, morphologic and serologic characteristics for the isolation and identification of these organisms; and utilization and mode of action of the major classes of antimicrobial therapeutic drugs. This course also provides a comprehensive study of the characteristics of the clinically important viruses: chlamydia and mycoplasma. It includes isolation and identification procedures, diagnostic serologic procedures, etiology and mode of transmission, human disease and methods of treatment.

406 Clinical Mycology – one seminar hour
This course will focus on clinically important fungi and their role in human disease. It includes the epidemiology, morphological, biochemical and serological techniques for identification, clinical effect on the human host and methods of treatment.
409 Clinical Parasitology – one seminar hour
This is a comprehensive study of clinically important parasites and their role in human disease. It includes the study of protozoa, helminths and arthropods, which are parasitic to man. It includes some life cycles, mode of transmission, identification techniques, clinical effect on the human host and methods of treatment.

410 Clinical Hematology – six seminar hours
This is a comprehensive study of the human hematopoietic system and hematological diseases. It includes morphological characteristics of cells found in bone marrow and peripheral blood in health and disease; instrumentation used to quantitate and identify cells in addition to the clinical correlation of results to peripheral smears.

411 Clinical Coagulation – two seminar hours
This study will review the characteristics of normal and abnormal hemostasis, including the mechanism of coagulation, analytical procedures and accompanying instrumentation and the correlation of deficiencies in the mechanism with human disease.

421 Clinical Immunology – two seminar hours
This is a study of the immune response and its relationship to disease, including characteristics of antigens and antibodies, host defense mechanism, hypersensitivity states, autoimmunity and allergic reactions. It includes techniques and instrumentation used to quantitate antigen– antibody reactions and the expected clinical effect in human disease. Also included is the role of the major histocompatibility complex (MHC) in transplantation and the serological and molecular techniques used to identify the MHC products and molecular techniques for the detection and quantitation of viral components related to disease.

422 Clinical Immunohematology – five seminar hours
This course includes a comprehensive study of the basic principles of immunology, human blood-group systems, blood-group genetics, and the theory and application of blood-banking techniques. Essential concepts are taught through lectures and hands-on instruction in a dynamic laboratory setting. Lectures include blood grouping, antibody identification, blood components, disease therapy, hemolytic disease of the newborn, pretransfusion testing, problem solving and the evaluation and collection of acceptable blood donations. Included in this course are opportunities to observe the irradiation of blood products, cell pheresis, tissue cryobiologics, bone marrow and stem cell harvests, and surgical procedures involving the cell saver.

430 Clinical Biochemistry – eight seminar hours
This course is a comprehensive study of the analytical methods — both manual and automated — used to determine the chemical composition of the body fluids. It includes analytical principles, procedures and accompanying instrumentation and the correlation of test results with altered physiological states and resulting disease. Included are special procedures such as radioimmunoassay, enzyme immunoassay, immunodiffusion, electrophoresis and chromatography.

431 Clinical Microscopy – two seminar hours
This is a study of the structure and function of the kidney and the chemical, physical and cellular composition of the urine in health and disease. It includes the study of other body fluids: cerebrospinal, synovial, peritoneal, pericardial and pleural fluids.

453 Instrumentation and Information Systems in the Laboratory – one seminar hour
This course is an introduction to electronic theory and application in the maintenance, operation and troubleshooting of laboratory instruments including volt ohm meters, oscilloscopes, ion-selective electrode instruments, microscopes, fume hoods, centrifuges and refrigerators. It includes a review of the principles of laboratory water. Also, the course includes an introduction to the principle, selection and use of available computer hardware and software used in the laboratory. Vocabulary, filing and sorting systems, computer/instrument interfacing and maintenance procedures will also be covered in this class.

462 Introduction to Management and Education – three seminar hours
This is an introductory course in the principles and techniques used in the supervision of the clinical laboratory and the education of students in the health professions. It includes management and motivational theories, communication skills, interviewing, performance appraisals, accreditation agencies, federal and state regulations, budget and strategic planning, curriculum design, evaluation instruments and the implementation of a laboratory quality improvement programs.

463 Principles of Phlebotomy – one seminar hour
This is an introduction and practical experience in patient-blood procurement by venipuncture and microcollection technique. The course emphasizes professional conduct, adherence to safety regulations and policies. It includes isolation techniques, blood cultures and bleeding times.

464 Research Project – two seminar hours
This is an individual investigation of a clinical laboratory problem or an instrument/method evaluation. It includes a medical case study or an instrument/method evaluation, as well as instruction and practice writing scientific papers and making oral presentations.

465 Clinical Pathological Correlation – two seminar hours
This course, given at the end of the year, is designed to integrate the information obtained by laboratory analysis in all disciplines of the clinical laboratory. Emphasis will be given to the relationship of altered physiological conditions and the corresponding expected test results. In addition, topics of current interest within the discipline will be presented.