This course involves the biochemical analysis of blood, urine, spinal fluid, and other body fluids with manual procedures and state of the art instrumentation. Emphasis is placed on the clinical significance of such analytes as electrolytes, enzymes, lipids, and carbohydrates. Drug identification, endocrinology studies, and the serological detection, application and clinical significance of viral hepatitis are included. Quality assurance, including quality control, is emphasized to ensure accuracy and validity of testing along with the utilization of the Laboratory Information System (Misys). This course includes laboratory mathematical applications relating to clinical chemistry. Pre-analytical, analytical, and post analytical components are discussed and evaluated throughout the course to enhance critical thinking skills. Included in this course are opportunities to observe procedures in the andrology laboratory, kidney dialysis unit, respiratory therapy, arterial blood gas laboratory, and the operating room.
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The hematology course encompasses hemoglobin electrophoresis determinations and coagulation profiles in addition to the routine blood counts and differentials, urinalyses and body fluid counts. Bone marrow studies, special stains, and special coagulation procedures as well as exposure to the cytogenetics laboratory, and central processing are included. Theoretical and practical performance is emphasized throughout this rotation. Pre-analytical, analytical, and post analytical components are discussed and evaluated throughout the course to enhance critical thinking skills.
This course encompasses the theoretical and practical aspects of the blood bank and transfusion service. Areas of study focus on donor collection, unit testing, component preparation, blood typing, and antibody identification. Emphasis is placed on identification of factors responsible for incompatibilities between patients and prospective donors and between maternal and fetal blood. Instruction includes the use of SunQuest/Misys laboratory information system. Pre-analytical, analytical, and post analytical components are discussed and evaluated throughout the course to enhance critical thinking skills. Included in this course is an opportunity to observe the Histocompatibility area of the laboratory.
This course encompasses essential theoretical principles of immunology as well as the serological techniques commonly used in the clinical immunology laboratory. Emphasis is placed on the theory of immunity, antibody production, and serological testing for immune disorders and infectious diseases including the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV). This course also includes the study of theoretical and practical applications in the diagnostic Molecular Pathology laboratory. Information presented includes the basic principle of PCR and how PCR is utilized in diagnosing and monitoring disease. To enhance the student’s critical thinking skills, pre-analytical, analytical, and post analytical components are discussed and evaluated throughout the course.
This course encompasses essential theoretical principles of bacteriology as well as parasitology. Great emphasis is placed upon specimen collection, handling and processing of specimens for the isolation and identification of microorganisms involved in the infectious disease process in the community and healthcare setting. Clinical importance and relevance is stressed on dealing with different patient populations, specimen types, infections, diseases, treatment, and complications arising from various settings. Also presented in this course is the study of mycobacteria, fungi, (TB/Mycology) and viruses. The TB/Mycology rotation encompasses didactic and clinical instruction in the principles, processing, identification and susceptibility testing of tuberculosis and their like-organisms along with fungi. Virology includes the study of DNA and RNA viruses and their associated diseases, causative agents, diagnosis, and treatment. Emphasis is also placed upon the use of a bright field microscope and its importance in determining specimen quality and assisting in the diagnosis and identification of infectious diseases. Pre-analytical, analytical, and post analytical components are also discussed and evaluated throughout the course to enhance critical thinking skills.
This section includes training in phlebotomy which prepares the student to properly perform venipunctures and finger sticks in a professional manner with emphasis on safety ,quality specimen collections and customer service.