Course Descriptions

Please send all requests for information regarding credit hours for the following courses to the Program Director.

Accessioning and Processing

Students learn to handle and process requisitions and specimens from inpatients, outpatients and Outreach accounts. Pre-analytical problems are discussed and solved during this rotation.


The didactic instruction covers basic venipuncture and skin puncture techniques. Approximately twenty hours of clinical practice is required following didactic instruction.

Special Topics: Education and Management

Basic education theory such as behavioral objectives, criterion and norm-referenced evaluation, methods of instruction and research techniques is presented. Students participate in a variety of group and individual journal article, case study and current event presentations. In addition, students complete a capstone project in which they assemble a project notebook during the clinical year comprised of various patient case histories and their clinical significance. 

An overview of various managerial and supervisory theories and practices is also provided. Students solve management problems during clinical rotation and lectures.  In addition, students complete a capstone project in which they create & manage their own laboratory.


Students learn normal and abnormal morphology of formed elements in blood. Testing includes various hematological assays, bone marrow studies, special staining procedures and hemolytic studies. Mechanisms of hematopoiesis are correlated with clinical and laboratory findings through discussion of case studies. Operation, maintenance, quality control and trouble-shooting of the automated cell counters is taught and practiced. The lecture course also offers basic principles of cytogenetics and flow cytometry. Physiological mechanisms of normal human coagulation as well as hereditary and acquired defects of these mechanisms are taught. Therapeutic measures that alter the normal coagulation processes and monitor anticoagulant therapy are discussed. Techniques include evaluating specimen quality, screening procedures and specific assays.

Clinical Chemistry/Immunochemistry

Biochemical constituents of the human body such as lipids, proteins, enzymes, carbohydrates, nitrogenous substances, electrolytes, acid/base analytes and heme derivatives are studied and analyzed. Toxicology, therapeutic drug monitoring and molecular diagnostic procedures are discussed and performed. Immunoassays relating to hepatitis, HIV, tumor markers and hormones of the endocrine systems are taught and performed. Studies include theory of procedures and instrumentation, pathological significance of tests and normal values as well as maintenance, quality control, and trouble-shooting of various pieces of instrumentation.


Theoretical aspects of basic tests involving antigen-antibody reactions in relation to disease are presented. Testing includes immunofluorescence, hemolysin reactions, nephelometry, precipitation and agglutination as well as hemoglobin and protein electrophoresis.


The course is a study of blood group systems and compatibility testing that includes case study problem solving, antibody detection studies, and evaluation of hemolytic disease of the newborn & post-transfusion problems. Methods of donor blood collection, component preparation, storage and distribution of blood and blood products are also covered. 

Urinalysis and Body Fluids

Lecture and laboratory exercises cover physical, chemical and microscopic examination of urine and other body fluids. The course presents the basic anatomy and physiology of the kidneys and urinary system. Physiological changes and pathological conditions are emphasized as related to both normal and abnormal findings in urine and other body fluids.


A systematic study of medically important bacteria is conducted. Emphasis is placed on isolation, identification and antimicrobial susceptibility testing of pathogenic bacteria. Epidemiology and mechanisms of pathogenesis are included. Didactic instruction also covers pathogenesis and identification of major viral pathogens. Attention is given to proper specimen collection as well as chemical and serological methods of diagnosis. A study of protozoan, helminthic, and arthropod parasites of medical significance is presented, with emphasis placed on life cycles, pathogenicity and epidemiology. Wet preparations, permanent mounts and slides are used in instruction of parasite identification. A comprehensive study of pathogenic fungi, including dermatophytes, systemic and opportunistic fungi, is presented. Culture characteristics, clinical manifestations and microscopic morphology are included. Slides are used to supplement actual isolates found in the clinical laboratory. 


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