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MLS Graduate Course Descriptions
Summary handout of MS in MLS course descriptions (PDF)
Please refer to the rotation schedule to see when a course is planned to be offered.
MLS 501: Advanced Laboratory Practice: Technical Concepts
An examination of technical concepts and skills utilized to ensure quality in the medical laboratory. The course will focus on enhancing quality control analysis and method validation skills, and utilizing statistical tools to monitor and improve quality testing processes in the medical laboratory.
MLS 502: Advanced Clinical Hematology: Erythrocytes
A comprehensive study of human erythrocytes. Included are discussions of normal erythrocyte structure, function, production, regulation, and the pathophysiology of related disorders. The role of current laboratory testing in the diagnosis of erythrocyte disorders will be emphasized.
MLS 503: Advanced Clinical Hematology: Leukocytes
This course presents the normal and abnormal structure and function of each of the peripheral blood leukocytes. Emphasis is on the molecular level, light and electron microscopic evaluation, and the role of the laboratory in the diagnosis of each condition.
MLS 505: Advanced Laboratory Practice: Financial Management
This course presents an overview of financial management in medical laboratories. Students examine several basic financial operation concepts, including how to evaluate productivity, manage salaries, and manage supply inventories for maximum cost containment. Students learn how to plan for capital expenditures, set laboratory fee rates, and create, implement, and evaluate a budget.
MLS 506: Advanced Clinical Chemistry
An advanced study of the theories and principles of clinical chemistry. Correlation of laboratory results with associated disease pathophysiology will be emphasized.
MLS 507: Advanced Clinical Immunohematology
A detailed study of human blood groups including laboratory aspects of blood banking with special reference to theoretical and clinical applications. Emphasis will be placed on antibody identification and advanced problem solving techniques.
MLS 508: Leadership for the Laboratory Professional
This course will focus on developing leadership skills applicable to the medical laboratory profession.
MLS 509: Medical Laboratory Education: Teaching Principles
Approaches to teaching in Medical Laboratory Science will be examined, with an emphasis on development of instructional and evaluative materials. Additional topics discussed will include learner diversity, classroom management techniques, and course assessment.
MLS 513: Advanced Clinical Immunology
An in-depth investigation of immune system functions. Correlation of laboratory results with normal and disease states will be emphasized.Credits: 3
MLS 515: Capstone Course in Clinical Laboratory Science
This course is a summative experience that occurs in a face-to-face environment at the end of the degree process. Graduate-level Medical Laboratory Science students reflect upon and consider applications of degree coursework. Additionally, the future of the medical laboratory science profession will be discussed and career opportunities will be explored.
MLS 516: Special Topics
Credits: 1-4 credits
MLS 517: Advanced Laboratory Practice: Administrative Concepts
An examination of administrative concepts and skills utilized to ensure quality in the medical laboratory. The course will focus on advanced concepts related to medical laboratory accreditation, inspection, and federal regulations. An emphasis will be placed on the utilization of best practices to monitor and improve laboratory diagnostics.
MLS 518: Advanced Molecular Diagnostics
An overview of specific molecular biology application in the medical laboratory including correlation of cell biology, DNA chemistry, genetics, and laboratory techniques in relation to diagnostic investigations.
MLS 522: Advanced Clinical Bacteriology
MLS 523: Advanced Non-Bacterial Microbiology
An advanced study of the laboratory diagnosis of viral, fungal, and parasitic diseases and of associated antimicrobial agents.
MLS 524: Current Trends and Issues for the Clinical Laboratory Scientist
Through group discussion and presentation, current trends in the field of clinical laboratory science will be explored.
MLS 525: Professional Communication in the Medical Laboratory
This course will focus on developing written and oral communication skills as a foundation for application within the medical laboratory profession. Students will learn how to identify, assess, and incorporate appropriate reference materials to prepare professional, scholarly papers and presentations.
MLS 527: Medical Laboratory Education: Assessment and Accreditation
This course will focus on assessment and accreditation specific to medical laboratory education programs. Topics will include examination of assessment at the classroom, program, and institutional levels, including how to create and implement an assessment plan. Medical laboratory education accreditation processes will also be examined, with an emphasis on the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS) standards.
MLS 591: Directed Study in Laboratory Medicine
Designed to meet the needs of individual students in laboratory medicine. Primarily for graduate students.
Credits: 1-4 credits
MLS 591: Directed Studies in Laboratory Medicine: Project Development/h3>
With faculty/advisor consult, the student will identify a topic and develop a proposal for the Independent project completed in MLS 997. Initial scholarly investigation of the topic will occur, and general guidelines for project format and content will be established.
Credits: 1 credit
MLS 997: Independent Study
The independent study is a culminating experience for Medical Laboratory Science graduate students. Utilizing skills and information acquired throughout the degree process, students will select, investigate, and present findings of a topic with significance to the major field of study.