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Clinical Laboratory Science Option

The American Society of Clinical Laboratory Science defines clinical laboratory science professionals as vital healthcare detectives, uncovering and providing laboratory information from laboratory analyses that assist physicians in patient diagnosis and treatment, as well as in disease monitoring or prevention (maintenance of health).

Clinical laboratory science professionals generate accurate laboratory data that areneeded to aid in detecting cancer, heart attacks, diabetes, infectious mononucleosis, and identification of bacteria or virusesthat cause infections, as well as in detectingdrugs of abuse. In addition, theymonitor testingquality and consult with other members of the healthcare team.

Laboratory testing encompasses such disciplines as clinical chemistry, hematology, immunology, immunohematology, microbiology, and molecular biology.

US News and World Report has listed careers in the clinical laboratory in the top 50 careers of 2010 and 2011 due to an increased need for qualified professionals and good starting salaries.

Accreditation Statement

The option in clinical laboratory science is an integrated program, accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences, 5600 N. River Rd, Suite 720, Rosemont, IL 60018-5119.

Telephone: 847-939-3597 or 773-714-8880.

Website: http://www.naacls.org

Email: INFO@naacls.org

Requirements

Note that many courses have been renumbered; refer to earlier catalogs for previous numbers.

Curriculum and Course Descriptions

The Clinical Laboratory Science option curriculum is outlined below.  Please click here for a listing of course descriptions

First Year

  • First Semester: 15 credits
    • General Education/Distribution Requirements - 6 credits
    • MLS 115 - Fundamentals of Medical Laboratory Science
    • MLS 116 - Fundamentals of Medical Laboratory Science Techniques
    • CHM 151 - Principles of Modern Chemistry I
    • CHM 161 - Introduction to Applied Chemistry I
    • ENL 101 - Critical Writing and Reading I
  • Second Semester: 17 credits
    • General Education/Distribution Requirements - 3 credits
    • MLS 121 - Human Genetics
    • MLS 122 - Human Genetics Laboratory
    • CHM 152 - Principles of Modern Chemistry II
    • CHM 162 - Introduction to Applied Chemistry II
    • MTH 147 - Fundamentals of Statistics
    • ENL 102 - Critical Writing and Reading II

Second Year

  • First Semester: 14 credits
    • General Education/Distribution Requirements - 6 credits
    • MLS 211 - Fundamentals of Human Physiology
    • CHM 251 - Organic Chemistry I
    • CHM 263 - Bio-organic Chemistry Laboratory I
  • Second Semester: 17 credits
    • General Education/Distribution Requirements - 9 credits
    • MLS 221 - Pathophysiology
    • MLS 222 - Pathophysiology Laboratory
    • MLS 241 - Instrumentation Analysis

Third Year Integrated Program

  • First Semester: 12 credits
    • Free Electives - 3 credits
    • MLS 301 - Principles of Microbiology
    • MLS 303 - Principles of Microbiology Laboratory
    • MLS 325 - Clinical Immunobiology
    • MLS 326 - Clinical Immunobiology Laboratory
  • Second Semester: 13 credits
    • MLS 313 - Medical Microbiology
    • MLS 314 - Medical Microbiology Laboratory
    • MLS 331 - Fundamentals of Clinical Hematology
    • MLS 332 - Fundamentals of Clinical Hematology Laboratory
    • MLS 341 - Clinical Chemistry in Diagnostic Techniques
    • MLS 342 - Clinical Instrumental Analysis Laboratory
    • PHL 317 - Ethics and Health Care Professionals

Fourth Year

  • First Semester: 17 credits
    • MLS 401 - Clinical Microbiology I
    • MLS 421 - Immunohematology I
    • MLS 443 - Clinical Biochemistry I
    • MLS 431 - Hematology I
    • MLS 428 - Clinical Microscopy and Serology
  • Second Semester: 15 credits
    • MLS 411 - Clinical Microbiology II
    • MLS 422 - Immunohematology II
    • MLS 444 - Clinical Biochemistry II
    • MLS 432 - Hematology II
    • MLS 450 - Senior Seminar

University, College, and Departmental Requirements

In addition to programmatic requirements, students must also fulfill University General Education or

University Studies requirements.  All students in the College of Arts and Sciences must also fulfill

college distribution requirements.  Please refer to the links listed below or the general catalogue

for specific details.   Each advisor will guide students so that all requirements are met for degree

completion.

 

College of Arts and Sciences requirements:

Distribution: http://www.umassd.edu/cas/sociology/undergraduateprograms/casdistributionrequirements/

 

University Studies:

http://www.umassd.edu/universitystudies/

 

General Education:

http://www.umassd.edu/cas/sociology/undergraduateprograms/generaleducationrequirements/

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