Curriculum - Medical Laboratory Science (MLS) Program
MLS 400 - Introduction to Medical Laboratory Science: 20 clock hours lecture, 10 lab course(2 credits) is designed to provide the MLS student with the basic laboratory skills required for the laboratory component of the curriculum. The course will also provide teamwork, leadership and interpersonal skills needed by healthcare professionals. Current issues in MLS will also be covered including ethics, government regulations and concepts of total testing process.
MLS 405 - Body Fluids: 20 clock hours lecture, 20 lab, course(1.5 credits) covers concepts related to the formation, distribution and function of body fluids and their chemical, physical and cellular composition in health and disease. Laboratory focus is on performing, interpreting and correlation of results.
MLS410 - Clinical Hematology/Hemostasis: 55 clock hours lecture, 50 lab(4 credits), course is designed to provide the MLS student the basic knowledge of hematology/hemostasis. Cellular components of the blood in normal and diseased states, hemostasis principles, laboratory testing, interpretation and correlation of results will be covered. The laboratory component will focus on specimen preparation, red cell, white cell, and platelet identification and enumeration, both microscopically and electronically.
MLS415 - Clinical Immunology: 15 clock hours lecture, 15 lab,(1.5 credits) course in the application of immunologic and serologic techniques used for a specific diagnosis of immunodeficiency disease, malignancies of the immune system, autoimmune disorders, hypersensitivity states and infection by specific microbial pathogens. Laboratory sessions offer exercises in methods for detection of antigens and antibodies in patient specimens.
MLS420 - Immunohematology: 50 clock hours lecture, 60 lab(4 credits), course covers aspects of the Blood Group Systems, antibody screening, compatibility testing, blood donor service, selection of donors, blood drawing, storage and preservation, components, records and regulations for blood banks. The laboratory section includes performance of blood bank procedures, donor processing. Compatibility testing, component preparation, antibody screening and antibody identification.
MLS425 - Clinical Chemistry: 60 clock hours lecture, 40 lab(4 credits), The focus of the course is on the physiology of body analytes and th-organ systems, with an emphasis on the corresponding clinical laboratory procedures and human disease states. Discussion will include the clinical correlation of the analytical procedures data with the diseases. The laboratory section covers skills necessary to the performance of clinical chemistry test procedures.
MLS430 - Clinical Microbiology: 50 clock hours lecture, 50 lab(4 credits), The course includes the study of bacteria, rickettsiae, chlamydia and mycoplasma as they relate to diseases in humans. Topics include clinical signs and symptoms of the disease process, specimen collection and processing, modes of transmission and methods of identification. In the laboratory component, students will process specimens from various body locations. Emphasis will be placed on isolation with identification, selection of appropriate antibiotic therapy.
MLS433 - Virology, Micology and Parasitology: 40 clock hours lecture, 30 lab(3 credits), the course includes the study of viruses, fungi and parasites as they relate to diseases in humans. Topics include clinical signs and symptoms of the disease process, specimen collection and processing, modes of transmission and methods of identification. In the laboratory, emphasis will be on isolation with identification, quality assurance and safety.
MLS435 - Molecular Diagnostics: 20 clock hours lecture, 20 lab(1.5 credits), a course on the composition, structure, function and characteristics of DNA. Emphasis will be placed on clinical laboratory methods used to isolate, amplify, manipulate and analyze DNA sequences in order to integrate theory and practice.
MLS440 - Laboratory Management and Education: 30 clock hours lecture(2 credits), a course designed to introduce the clinical laboratory science student to the principles of laboratory administration. The seminar-format course will focus on human resource management, financial management, operations management and education methodologies appropriate for the supervisor and laboratory manager.
MLS445 - Research Design and Methods: 15 clock hours lecture(1 credit), The course applies scientific method to clinical laboratory research problems, systematic applications of hypothesis formation and decision-making through research design principles. Research proposal writing and the process of institutional review board approval and informed consent will also be covered.
MLS450 - Applied Clinical Chemistry: (3 credits)5 weeks rotation, rotation with mini- lectures, applies the principles of clinical chemistry in the clinical laboratory setting. The course is designed to utilize and build upon theoretical and applied knowledge acquired in the previous didactic course MLS 425 Clinical Chemistry and apply it to the performance of analytical procedures and management of the clinical chemistry laboratory.
MLS455 - Applied Clinical Hematology/Hemostasis: (3 credits)6 weeks rotation, a rotation with mini-lectures, extends the learning to the clinical hematology, hemostasis and body fluid laboratories. Students will gain experience processing and analyzing patient's specimens with a wide variety of complex procedures and instruments. Students will also expand their identification and diagnostic skills on microscopic analysis of hematology and body fluid specimens.The rotation also includes the fundamentals of FLow Cytometry techniques with interpretation of results
MLS465 - Applied Immunohematology: (3 credits)6 weeks rotation, rotation with mini-lectures, extends the concepts and skills learned in CLS420 Immunohematology, to the blood bank setting for the performance of antibody identification techniques, hemolytic disease problems, quality assurance management, solving of patients' blood compatibility problems and cell therapy. The rotation also includes the fundamentals of Transplantation Immunology (HLA) techniques with interpretation of results.
MLS470 - Applied Clinical Microbiology: (3 credits)6 weeks rotation, a rotation with mini-lectures, applies the principles of MLS430 Clinical Microbiology. Students will process a variety of patient specimens in the microbiology laboratory and gain experience with a wide variety of state-of-art procedures and equipment for the isolation and identification of pathogenics bacteria, fungi, protozoa, helminthes and viruses.
MLS475 - Advanced Applications in MLS:(0.5 credit) 1 week rotation, selected study in one aspect of the practice of clinical laboratory science, such as ancillary testing coordination, laboratory information systems, acute care laboratory, management, molecular biology, cytogenetics, outreach clinics or industry.
MLS480 - Advanced Topics in MLS: 56 clock hours lecture(3 credits), The course will cover, at an advanced level, the major areas of the clinical laboratory. Topics will also include information on new directions in laboratory testing with an emphasis place on its impact on current laboratory practice and outcomes assessment.
MLS485 - Advanced Studies in MLS: (0.5 credit)40 hours, individual research, a capstone research project required for satisfactory completion of the CLS program. Student will complete a research project under the supervision of a mentor. The course culminates in a major paper and presentation. An area of emphasis will be in one of the specialty or subspecialty areas included in the clinical laboratory practice.
MLS499 - Independent Study in MLS: Elective, individual reading or research under the guidance of a CLS instructor.
Course credit: The amount of academic credit for the courses offered in the MLS curriculum is determined by the academic institution that will grant the bachelor's degree. In most cases it is 30 hours or more, i.e., the senior year of college. Fairview's MLS program provides the institution with the number of clock hours/weeks of lecture and lab for each course offered as well as suggested credit hours. See your respective institution for the exact course credit offered.