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Clinical Laboratory Science | CLS

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Clinical Laboratory Science | CLS

P Prerequisite | C Co-requisite | R Recommended
I Fall Semester | II Spring Semester | S Summer Session/s


  • CLS-C 405 Clinical Chemistry (3 cr.) P: Requires meeting the appl req for program entry. Clinical Chemistry is one of the key disciplinary areas for entry level competency as a Clinical or Medical Laboratory Scientist. This course covers the standard competencies in clinical chemistry tested in the ASCP BOC exam for generalists in Medical Laboratory Science (MLS). Students will examine the basic principles and practices used in the clinical chemistry laboratory including fundamental mathematics for laboratory measurements, analytical techniques, and clinical correlations. An emphasis will be placed on acid base balancing, lipid and protein identifications, enzymatic action, and their correlation with the endocrine system in clinical diagnostics.
  • CLS-C 406 Chemistry Methods (2 cr.) C: CLS-C405 Clinical Chemistry. In conjunction with HSCLS-C405 Clinical Chemistry, students will be exposed to the basic and fundamental principles of contemporary medical laboratory chemistry practice, through practical laboratories that present both the principle and procedure for basic and common chemical laboratory techniques.
  • CLS-C 407 Hematology (3 cr.) P: Requires meeting the appl req for program entry. Must meet application requirements for program entry. This course is an essential component of the CLS curriculum. Hematology is one of the key disciplinary areas for entry level competency as a Clinical or Medical Laboratory Scientist. This course covers standard competencies in routine hematology tested in the ASCP BOC exam for generalists in Medical Laboratory Science (MLS). Students will examine the foundational principles of routine hematologic diagnostics including hemostasis, hemoglobin synthesis, and hematological disorders. A focus will be given in the areas of erythrocyte and leukocyte morphology and biology as well as a focus on the use of these cells in the diagnosis of disease. It should be taught in conjunction with the laboratory course CLS-C 408.
  • CLS-C 408 Hematology Methods (2 cr.) C: CLS-C 407. In conjunction with CLS-C 407 Hematology, students will be exposed to the basic and fundamental principles of contemporary medical laboratory hematology practice, through practical laboratories that present both the principle and procedure for basic and common hematological laboratory techniques including red and white cell differentiation, erythrocyte sedimentation, and traditional blood smear.
  • CLS-C 415 Clinical Molecular Diagnostics and Special Chemistry (3 cr.) P: CLS-C 405 and CLS-C 406. Clinical Molecular Diagnostics and Special Chemistry is an upper division course in the Clinical Laboratory Sciences. Entry into this course is limited to students currently coded into the clinical track for CLS. Students should have previously completed both CLS-C405 and CLS-C406. This course is focused on providing advanced practical skills in clinical chemistry and molecular diagnostic techniques utilized in the field of medical laboratory science.
  • CLS-C 417 Advanced Hematology and Cancer (3 cr.) P: CLS-C 407 and CLS-C 406; or entry into the MLT to CLS Degree Completion Program. Advanced Hematology and Cancer introduces the student to advanced topics in the development of malignancy, with an emphasis on hematological malignancies and other cancers diagnosed through blood and body fluid specimen collection techniques, as well as hematological disorders commonly found through testing in the clinical diagnostic space. Molecular, Immunological, and immunophenotyping techniques are examined in relation to widespread and well established hematological disease profiles.
  • CLS-E 406 Supplemental Externship (4 cr.) P: Offered exclusively for students in the MLT to CLS Degree completion track. This practicum course is part of the MLT to CLS Degree completion program and is designed as an independent study experience for experienced MLT professionals who require additional training in selected laboratory practice. Students will be asked to complete between 6 to 10 weeks of additional training in specialized regional clinical laboratories and in research diagnostics. This course will be taught as needed in all terms.
  • CLS-I 407 Serology and Immunohematology (3 cr.) P: Requires meeting the appl req for program entry. Serology is the study of antigenic and antibodies in the blood stream and other body fluids for the utility as biomarkers in the diagnosis of disease. Similarly, these biomarkers can also be used to minimize the risks associated with the common practice of blood transfusion and blood banking, technically defined as immunohematology. This course covers both the conventional concepts and practices of antigen/antibody utilization in clinical laboratory practice with an emphasis on the blood bank.
  • CLS-I 408 Serological Methods (2 cr.) C: CLS-I 407 Serology and Immunohematology. Should be taught in conjunction with CLS-I 407 Serology and Immunohematology. CLS-I 408 Serological Methods provides practical laboratory components useful for conducting diagnostic testing in the blood bank and immunological laboratory setting. The focus of laboratory lessons will be on acquiring the fundamental skills in lab technique and etiquette prior to clinical externships.
  • CLS-I 417 Advanced Diagnotstic Immunology, Transfusion and Autoimmune Disease (3 cr.) P: CLS-I 407 (or equivalent). This course is a requirement for the program in Clinical Laboratory Science provided through the Vera Z. Dwyer College of Health Sciences, built in alignment with the NAACLS accreditation agency for Medical Laboratory Science (MLS).  Students enrolled in this course will be taught the advanced entry level curriculum necessary for processional certification by the ASCP BOC in diagnostic immunology, transfusion and autoimmune disease.
  • CLS-L 201 Introduction to the Diagnostic Laboratory (1 cr.) P: Some basic science recommended. This course functions as a basic introduction to the field of Clinical Laboratory Sciences. Covering all of the major sub disciplines found in laboratory diagnostics; including clinical chemistry, hematology, microbiology, and others, this course is useful for students interested in pursuing a career in laboratory science or who are curious about the role of laboratory professionals in interdisciplinary healthcare.
  • CLS-L 202 Laboratory Math and Techniques (1 cr.) This course is designed as the second of two introductory courses in Clinical Laboratory Science. Students enrolled in this course will be introduced to the practical application of mathematical operations and laboratory techniques as they apply to the clinical diagnostic laboratory field.
  • CLS-L 420 Urinalysis and Body Fluid Analysis (2 cr.) This course is a requirement for the program in Clinical Laboratory Science provided through the Vera Z. Dwyer College of Health Sciences, built in alignment with the NAACLS accreditation agency for Medical Laboratory Science (MLS). Students enrolled in this course will be taught the entry level curriculum necessary for processional certification by the ASCP BOC in diagnostic urinalysis and body fluid analysis.
  • CLS-M 250 Clinical Laboratory Management, Ethics and Policy (3 cr.) P: This course is part of a Clinical track in Clinical Laboratory Science. It will require meeting the application requirements for program entry. This course covers an entry level understanding of the specifics of laboratory management including policy and ethical responsibilities and authorities. Classes delve into five major areas beginning with strategies for career success, and discussing the key areas of laboratory management, human resources, financial management and operations. Students will be asked to incorporate these key managerial aspects in a lab development mock-up exercise.
  • CLS-M 403 Clinical Microbiology (3 cr.) P:  This course is part of a Clinical track in Clinical Laboratory Science. It will require meeting the application requirements for program entry. Clinical microbiology is one of the key disciplinary areas for entry level competency as a Clinical or Medical Laboratory Scientist. This course covers standard competencies in routine microbiology tested in the ASCP BOC exam for generalists in Medical Laboratory Science (MLS). Students will examine the foundational principles of clinical microbiology including a focus on the most common microorganisms involved in infection and there classification. Microorganisms will be defined by traditional biochemical differentiation patterns, however an additional emphasis on contemporary immunological and molecular approaches to identification will also be explored. It should be taught in conjunction with the laboratory course CLS-M 404.
  • CLS-M 404 Microbiological Methods (2 cr.) C: CLS-M 403 Clinical Microbiology. Should be taught in conjunction with CLS-M403 Clinical Microbiology, students will be exposed to the basic and fundamental principles of contemporary medical laboratory microbiology practice, through practical laboratories that present both the principle and procedure for basic and common chemical laboratory techniques.
  • CLS-M 411 Mycology and ParasitologyTitle (2 cr.) This course is a requirement for the program in Clinical Laboratory Science provided through the Vera Z. Dwyer College of Health Sciences, built in alignment with the NAACLS accreditation agency for Medical Laboratory Science (MLS). Students enrolled in this course will be taught the entry level curriculum necessary for processional certification by the ASCP BOC in diagnostic mycology and parasitology.
  • CLS-M 413 Advanced Clinical Microbiology (3 cr.) P:  Students should have already completed CLS-M 403 and CLS- M 404; or be alternatively be admitted the MLT to CLS degree completion program. This course is an advanced course in clinical Microbiology available to students who have been successfully admitted the clinical program in Clinical Laboratory Science. Students in this course will be introduced to advanced methods used in the microbiological laboratory including but not limited to an examination of serological and molecular approaches, vaccination from infection, and agents of bioterrorism.

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