Course Descriptions

UNMC Medical Laboratory Science Program Curriculum

MLS 407 Clinical Laboratory Operations (2 credit hours)
This course provides a basic introduction to the theory, practical application, technical performance and evaluation of laboratory skills specific to the practice of clinical laboratory science.  Laboratory safety; microscopy; pipetting; general laboratory equipment; quality control; mathematics; phlebotomy; pre-analytic, analytic and post-analytic processes, including specimen collection, processing and transport to maintain test result integrity, will be addressed.

MLS 408 Introduction to Clinical Hematology (2 credit hours)
This course introduces the theory, practical application, technical performance and evaluation of hematological and hemostasis procedures. Correlation of laboratory data with the diagnosis of erythrocyte, leukocyte and bleeding/clotting disorders will be introduced.

MLS 409 Introduction to Clinical Microbiology (2 credit hours)
This course introduces the theory, practical application, technical performance and evaluation of procedures for isolation, identification and susceptibility testing of infectious disease organisms in humans. The course primarily focuses on bacteriology, but will include introductory coverage of parasitology, mycology and virology.

MLS 410 Introduction to Clinical Chemistry and Urinalysis (1 credit hour)
This course introduces the theory, practical application, technical performance and evaluation of basic laboratory skills and methods in clinical chemistry and urinalysis. The course focuses on the correlation of laboratory data with the diagnosis of renal conditions, but will include introductory coverage of carbohydrate, liver and protein conditions, as well as enzymes.

MLS 411 Introduction to Clinical Immunohematology (1 credit hour)
This course introduces the theory, practical application, technical performance and evaluation of immunohematology procedures required to provide compatible blood components for transfusion.  Methods for collection, processing, storage and transfusion of blood and blood components will be presented.  Immunohematology procedures that assist in the diagnosis and management of hemolytic conditions will be introduced.

MLS 412 Clinical Laboratory Science Theory, Application and Correlation (5 credit hours)
This course includes the application, evaluation and correlation of laboratory procedures used in the diagnosis and treatment of common disease states. Opportunities for building critical thinking, problem solving, leadership, oral communication, professionalism, and team work skills are provided in small group clinical case discussions.

MLS 413 Clinical Endocrinology and Toxicology (1 credit hour)
This course introduces the theory, practical application, and evaluation of clinical chemistry laboratory procedures. Correlation of clinical laboratory data with the diagnosis and treatment of endocrine disorders, toxicology disturbances and therapeutic drug monitoring is emphasized.

MLS 414 Clinical Chemistry and Urinalysis I (2 credit hours)
This course expands on the theory, practical application, and evaluation of basic laboratory procedures introduced in MLS 407 Clinical Laboratory Operations and MLS 410 Introduction to Clinical Chemistry and Urinalysis, with an emphasis on common automated methodologies used in clinical chemistry and urinalysis laboratories. This course will focus on the interpretation, evaluation and correlation of clinical laboratory data with the diagnosis and treatment monitoring of carbohydrate, renal, hepatic, protein, cardiac, lipid/lipoprotein, major and minor electrolyte, enzyme, pancreatic-gastrointestinal and acid-base disorders.

MLS 415 Clinical Chemistry and Urinalysis II (2 credit hours)
This course expands on the theory, practical application, and evaluation of laboratory procedures introduced in MLS 414 Clinical Chemistry and Urinalysis I and MLS 444 Clinical Core Laboratory Practical I. Correlation of clinical laboratory data with the diagnosis and treatment monitoring of carbohydrate, renal, hepatic, cardiac, lipid/lipoprotein, protein, major and minor electrolyte, trace element, enzyme, pancreatic-gastrointestinal and acid-base disorders; tumor markers; and inborn errors of metabolism is emphasized.

MLS 416 Clinical Hematology I (2 credit hours)
This course expands on the theory, practical application, and evaluation of hematological and hemostasis procedures introduced in MLS 408 Introduction to Clinical Hematology and of basic laboratory skills in MLS 407 Clinical Laboratory Operations. Correlation of clinical laboratory data with the diagnosis and treatment of erythrocyte, leukocyte and bleeding/clotting disorders will be emphasized.

MLS 417 Clinical Hematology II (2 credit hours)
This course expands on the theory, practical application, and evaluation of hematological and hemostasis procedures introduced in MLS 416 Clinical Hematology I and MLS 444 Clinical Core Laboratory Practicum I, and includes the analysis of cerebrospinal, synovial and serous fluids.  Correlation of clinical laboratory data with the diagnosis and treatment of erythrocyte, leukocyte and bleeding/clotting disorders will be emphasized.

MLS 418 Clinical Microbiology I (2 credit hours)
This course expands on the theory, practical application, and evaluation of procedures for isolation, identification and susceptibility testing of infectious disease organisms in humans introduced in MLS 409 Introduction to Clinical Microbiology and of basic laboratory skills in MLS 407 Clinical Laboratory Operations. The course primarily focuses on bacteriology, but will include coverage of parasitology, mycology and virology. Course content emphasizes the correlation of clinical laboratory data with the patient’s diagnosis and treatment.

MLS 419 Clinical Microbiology II (2 credit hours)
This course builds on the theory, practical application and evaluation of the procedures for isolation, identification and susceptibility testing of infectious disease organisms in humans introduced in MLS 418 Clinical Microbiology I and MLS 448 Clinical Microbiology Laboratory Practicum I. This course includes bacteriology, mycology, parasitology, and virology content, and will emphasize the correlation of clinical laboratory data with the patient’s diagnosis and treatment.

MLS 420 Clinical Immunology and Molecular Diagnostics (2 credit hours)
This course includes the theory, practical application, and evaluation of immunological components and infection disease serology. The principles and methodologies used in the assessment of immunologically related disorders, including hypersensitivity reactions, autoimmune, Immunoproliferative, immunodeficient disorders and infectious disease are included. The course emphasizes the correlation of clinical laboratory data with the patient’s diagnosis and treatment. The theory and application of molecular diagnostic tools, such as polymerase chain reaction (PCR), nucleic acid probes, and microarrays are also addressed.

MLS 422 Clinical Immunohematology I (2 credit hours)
This course expands on the theory, practical application, and evaluation of immunohematology procedures introduced in MLS 411 Introduction to Clinical Immunohematology and of basic laboratory skills in MLS 407 Clinical Laboratory Operations. The primary focus will be on processes required to provide compatible blood components for transfusion. Processes for donor blood collection and blood component processing and storage will be discussed. Immunohematology procedures that assist in the diagnosis and management of hemolytic conditions will be addressed.

MLS 423 Clinical Immunohematology II (2 credit hours)
This course expands on the theory, practical application, and evaluation of immunohematology procedures presented in MLS 422 Clinical Immunohematology I and MLS 442 Clinical Immunohematology Laboratory Practicum I. There is an emphasis on the application of immunohematology procedures used for the resolution of complex immunohematology problems. Proper selection of immunohematology procedures that assist in the diagnosis and management of hemolytic conditions will be discussed. Concepts in patient blood management and the adverse effects of transfusion will be presented. Quality management as it applies to transfusion medicine will be addressed. 

MLS 430 Clinical Laboratory Management I (2 credit hours)
This course introduces the theory, practical application and evaluation of laboratory management principles in healthcare, including safety, research, educational methodology, quality control, ethics, laboratory operations, point-of-care testing, scope of practice, and the job application process. Opportunities for building critical thinking, problem-solving, research, communication, professionalism, management and leadership skills are provided.

MLS 431 Clinical Laboratory Management II (3 credit hours)
This course builds on MLS 430 Clinical Laboratory Management I, and includes the theory, practical application and evaluation of laboratory management principles in compliance and regulatory issues, test utilization, human resource management, written and oral communication, method evaluation, educational methodology, professionalism, quality improvement and financial resource management. Opportunities for building critical thinking, problem-solving, team work, communication, professionalism, management and leadership skills are provided.

MLS 442 Clinical Immunohematology Laboratory Practicum I (1 credit hour)
This course provides practical application in a clinical laboratory setting for the technical performance and evaluation of clinical immunohematology procedures and preparation of blood components. Course content will include new skills and procedures, in addition to the skills and procedures presented in MLS 407 Clinical Laboratory Operations and MLS 411 Introduction to Clinical Immunohematology.

MLS 443 Clinical Immunohematology Laboratory Practicum II (1 credit hour)
This course provides practical application in a clinical laboratory setting for the technical performance and evaluation of clinical immunohematology procedures and preparation of blood components. Course content will include new skills procedures, in addition to the skills and procedures presented in MLS 442 Clinical Immunohematology Laboratory Practicum I.

MLS 444 Clinical Core Laboratory Practicum I (1 credit hour)
This course provides practical application in a clinical laboratory setting for the technical performance and evaluation of clinical hematology/hemostasis, chemistry and urinalysis procedures. Course content will include new skills and procedures and the application of automation and automatic verification techniques, building on the skills and procedures presented in MLS 407 Clinical Laboratory Operations, MLS 408 Introduction to Clinical Hematology and MLS 410 Introduction to Clinical Chemistry and Urinalysis.

MLS 445 Clinical Core Laboratory Practicum II (1 credit hour)
This course provides practical application in a clinical laboratory setting for the technical performance and evaluation of clinical hematology/hemostasis, chemistry and urinalysis procedures. Course content will include new skills and procedures, in addition to the skills and procedures presented in MLS 444 Clinical Core Laboratory Practicum I.

MLS 448 Clinical Microbiology Laboratory Practicum I (1 credit hour)
This course provides practical application in a clinical laboratory setting for the technical performance and evaluation of clinical microbiology procedures. Course content will include new skills and procedures, in addition to the skills and procedures presented in MLS 407 Clinical Laboratory Operations and MLS 409 Introduction to Clinical Microbiology.

MLS 449 Clinical Microbiology Laboratory Practicum II (1 credit hour)
This course provides practical application in a clinical laboratory setting for the technical performance and evaluation of clinical microbiology procedures. Course content will include new skills and procedures, in addition to the skills and procedures presented in MLS 448 Clinical Microbiology Laboratory Practicum I.