CLINICAL LABORATORY SCIENCES COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

 

CLSC 3000       Introduction to Clinical Laboratory Sciences
This Web-based course is an overview of the clinical laboratory science profession. There are three general areas of study. The first is information on the profession including history, educational requirements, job responsibilities and opportunities, as well as the structure and role of the clinical laboratory in medicine. The second is an introduction to medical terminology using an overview of the body systems. Examples of the use of laboratory tests to detect pathologies in these systems are included. The third area is quality assurance. Enrollment is open to laboratory science students at other universities both in state and out of state.
Semester Credit Hours: 3.0

 

CLSC 3001       Phlebotomy Practicum
Under the direction and supervision of a clinical instructor in a hospital or outpatient facility, the student will be given the opportunity to gain experience and expertise in phlebotomy procedures. This practicum may be taken any time after the student has been accepted into the program. Positions will be based on the availability of sites. Students must arrange this practicum with the education coordinator before enrolling. This practicum must be completed before beginning clinical practicums in the senior year. Practicum fee: $10 per semester credit hour.
Semester Credit Hours: 0.5

 

CLSC 3003       Parasitology and Mycology Laboratory
This is a clinical laboratory course emphasizing the diagnostic stages of parasites of man. In the mycology portion of the course, students will have the opportunity to isolate and identify fungi pathogenic to man.
Lab fee: $20.
Microscope fee: $18.
Semester Credit Hours: 1.0
Concurrent enrollment in CLSC 3004

 

CLSC 3004       Parasitology and Mycology
The parasitology portion of this course is a study of protozoa and helminthes that parasitize man. Emphasis is placed on the identification and differentiation of pathogenic organisms. The mycology portion of the course is a study of the structural characteristics, diagnostic features, and isolation methods of fungal agents pathogenic to man. Specimen collection, processing, and handling are discussed.
Lab fee: $4.
Semester Credit Hours: 2.0

 

CLSC 3010       Body Fluids
This is a study of selected body fluids including urine, amniotic fluid, cerebrospinal fluid, pleural fluid, peritoneal fluid, pericardial fluid, and synovial fluid. Renal physiology and the physical and chemical properties of urine and cellular elements of the urine in healthy and diseased states are studied. The formation and function of cerebrospinal fluid and amniotic fluid will be discussed. The anatomy and physiology of pleural, peritoneal, and pericardial cavities will be presented. Attention is given to the cellular and formed elements found in these body fluids. In addition, this course includes the performance of various laboratory procedures utilized in the analysis of each of these fluids. Case studies will be used to emphasize the changes in laboratory results associated with various disease states. Principles and applications of quality control procedures are practiced.
Lab fee: $30.
Microscope fee $18.
Semester Credit Hours: 2.0

 

CLSC 3011       Quality Assurance in the Clinical Laboratory
This course presents the principles, statistics, and applications of quality assurance as it pertains to the clinical laboratory. The course will emphasize the statistics that are needed to evaluate a quality control system, the rules that are necessary for interpreting the quality control results, and the role of quality control in a quality assurance program. The impact of federal and state regulatory agencies on the clinical laboratory and its quality assurance program will be discussed. A large part of this course is via computer-assisted instruction.
Semester Credit Hours: 1.0

 

CLSC 3020       Special Topics in Clinical Immunology
This course is designed for students who have completed a course that included clinical immunology/serology at an accredited CLT/MLT program. The course provides the student the opportunity to gain an understanding of selected immunology/serology topics that may include theory and/or practice. The topics vary according to student’s previous experience and education. Credit hours are variable. Hours will be assigned based on the topics covered.
Semester Credit Hours: 1.0–2.0
Prerequisites: proficiency exam; permission from course director

 

CLSC 3022       Special Topics in Body Fluids
This course is designed for students who have completed a course that included urinalysis and other body fluids at an accredited CLT/MLT program. The course provides the student the opportunity to gain an understanding of selected body fluids topics that may include theory and/or practice. The topics vary according to student’s previous experience and education. Credit hours are variable. Hours will be assigned based on the topics covered.
Semester Credit Hours: 1.0–2.0
Prerequisites: proficiency exam; permission from course director

 

CLSC 3033       Medical Microbiology
This is a comprehensive study of medically important microorganisms including their composition, morphology, and growth requirements. Methods for identification including biochemical reactions of significant pathogens and their role in infectious disease will be stressed.
Semester Credit Hours: 3.0
Prerequisites: Microbiology and laboratory

 

CLSC 3034       Medical Microbiology Laboratory
This is a laboratory course emphasizing diagnostic clinical microbiology. Examination of samples from different body sites provides students the opportunity to recognize and identify organisms that comprise the normal flora and those that are potential pathogens. This course includes conventional and rapid biochemical methods for detection and identification of significant organisms. Principles and application of quality control procedures are practiced.
Lab fee: $30.
Microscope fee: $18.
Semester Credit Hours: 2.0
Prerequisites: concurrent enrollment in CLSC 3033

 

CLSC 3035       Special Topics in Medical Microbiology
This course is designed for students who have completed a medical microbiology course at an accredited CLT/MLT program. The course provides the student the opportunity to gain an understanding of selected medical microbiology topics that may include theory and/or practice. The topics vary according to student’s previous experience and education. Credit hours are variable. Hours will be assigned based on the topics covered.
Semester Credit Hours: 1.0–5.0
Prerequisites: proficiency exam; permission from course director

 

CLSC 3051       Hematology
This course is a study of the normal production, maturation, and function of erythrocytes, leukocytes, and platelets. Common disorders involving such cells will be discussed with emphasis on the pathogenic mechanisms. Hematologic laboratory tests and their correlations with disease states will also be examined. Normal hemostasis will be considered including pertinent laboratory tests used in diagnosis of coagulation problems.
Semester Credit Hours: 3.0
Prerequisites: CLSC 3000 or BIO 1882

 

CLSC 3052       Hematology Laboratory
This is a clinical laboratory course emphasizing manual and semi-automated cell counting techniques and other basic hematologic tests. Time is devoted to the examination of normal and abnormal blood smears with emphasis on identification of cells and their relationships to various disease processes. An introduction to quality control methods in the hematology laboratory will also be included.
Lab fee: $30.
Microscope fee: $18.
Semester Credit Hours: 2.0
Prerequisites: concurrent enrollment in CLSC 3051

 

CLSC 3060       Immunohematology
This is a study of the major blood groups of humans including the red cell antigen systems, alloantibodies, and non-immune stimulated antibodies. The relationship of blood group systems to compatibility testing, transfusion reactions, and hemolytic disease of the newborn will be discussed.
Semester Credit Hours: 2.0
Prerequisites: CLSC 3000 or BIO1882

 

CLSC 3063       Special Topics in Immunohematology

This course is designed for students who have completed an immunohematology course at an accredited CLT/MLT program. The course provides the student the opportunity to gain an understanding of selected immunohematology topics that may include theory and/or practice. The topics vary according to student’s previous experience and education. Credit hours are variable. Hours will be assigned based on the topics covered.
Semester Credit Hours: 1.0–4.0
Prerequisites: proficiency exam; permission from course director

 

CLSC 3064       Immunohematology Laboratory
This is a laboratory course emphasizing basic blood banking techniques including blood typing, identification of alloantibodies, and resolution of typing discrepancies. Techniques used in resolution of compatibility testing, investigation of transfusion reactions, and hemolytic disease of the newborn are practiced. Principles and applications of quality control are introduced.
Lab fee: $30.
Microscope fee: $18.
Semester Credit Hours: 2.0
Prerequisites: concurrent enrollment in CLSC 3060

 

CLSC 3065       Clinical Immunology
This course will discuss the principles of innate and acquired immunity. Emphasis will be placed on the cell-mediated immune response and humeral immune response to immunogens. The cells of either response, their development, and their role in the specific immune response will be discussed. Soluble mediators of the immune response will be covered including immunoglobulins, cytokines, and complement. Finally, disorders of impaired immune function and infectious diseases will be discussed including autoimmunity, hypersensitivity, transplantation and tumor immunology, immunodeficiency, syphilis, infectious mononucleosis, etc. Laboratory testing for these disorders will be described.
Semester Credit Hours: 3.0

 

CLSC 3070       Diagnostic Immunology Lecture
This didactic course presents the principles and applications of immunology as it pertains to diagnosis of disease states. The course will cover methods to detect infectious as well as autoimmune diseases using immunologic technologies such as immunofluorescence, enzyme immunoassays, and flow cytometry. Correlation of the laboratory results with the disease states will be emphasized. Clinical applications of flow cytometry, histocompatibility testing, serology, and immunochemistry assays will be presented.
Semester Credit Hours: 1.5
Prerequisites:
Immunology

 

CLSC 3071       Diagnostic Immunology Laboratory
This laboratory course will offer the opportunity for students to perform immunologic procedures commonly used in the diagnosis of infectious and autoimmune diseases. Principles and applications of quality control procedures are practiced.
Lab fee: $30.
Microscope fee: $18.
Semester Credit Hours: 0.5

 

CLSC 3081       Clinical Chemistry
The study of carbohydrates, enzymes, proteins and other chemicals routinely analyzed in clinical chemistry laboratories. Emphasis is placed upon principles of testing, methods of analysis, data interpretation, and clinical significance of results. Laboratory mathematics, quality control, safety, and instrumentation also are topics covered.
Semester Credit Hours: 2.5
Prerequisites: Organic Chemistry I and laboratory, Biochemistry

 

CLSC 3082       Clinical Chemistry Laboratory
This is a laboratory course emphasizing biochemical analysis of body fluids utilizing manual procedures and semi-automated instrumentation. Students are given the opportunity to develop motor skills and organizational techniques in biochemical procedures. Principles and applications of quality control procedures are practiced.
Lab fee: $30.
Semester Credit Hours: 1.5
Prerequisites: Physiology and Biochemistry and concurrent enrollment in CLSC 3081

 

CLSC 3083       Special Topics in Clinical Chemistry
This course is designed for students who have completed a clinical chemistry course at an accredited CLT/MLT program. The course provides the student the opportunity to gain an understanding of selected clinical chemistry topics that may include theory and/or practice. The topics vary according to student’s previous experience and education. Credit hours are variable. Hours will be assigned based on the topics covered.
Semester Credit Hours: 1.0–4.0
Prerequisites: proficiency exam; permission from course director

 

CLSC 3085       Principles of Biochemistry
This course is a discussion of the basic biomedical processes that occur in the human body. Topics that will be covered include the molecular basis of life, molecular structure, bioenergetics, enzymes, and metabolism.
Semester Credit Hours: 3.0
Prerequisites: Organic Chemistry I and laboratory

 

CLSC 4006       Professional Issues
This interdisciplinary course will provide an overview of professional and ethical issues facing allied health professionals. Topics to be discussed include responsibilities of the health care practitioner, life and death decisions, patient confidentiality, substance abuse, whistle blowing, and informed consent. Ethics in research and other critical issues related to health care problems will also be addressed. Collaborative activities and simulated cases will be used to enhance discussion among students.
Semester Credit Hours: 1.0

 

CLSC 4020       Issues in Health Care
This course is a study of selected topics in health care.
Semester Credit Hours: 1.0–3.5
Prerequisites: Consent of instructor

 

CLSC 4033       Advanced Medical Microbiology
This course will discuss etiology of infectious diseases in different body sites. Laboratory identification of suspected etiologic agents, using conventional methods, will be emphasized. Recent developments in microbiology and new rapid methods in the identification of bacterial agents of infectious disease will also be presented. One section of this course is in a distance-learning format offered via the Web. Students wanting to enroll in the Web section must receive permission from the instructor.
Distance education fee for out-of-state students only: $250 per semester credit hour.
Semester Credit Hours: 2.0

 

CLSC 4035       Introduction to Molecular Diagnostics
This course is a study of recombinant DNA concepts and technology. Applications of this technology in diagnosis and therapy of disease is emphasized. The course is a combination of lecture and laboratory. Prerequisites include genetics and junior CLSC coursework. One section of this course is in a distance-learning format offered via the Web. Students wanting to enroll in the Web section must receive permission from the instructor
Distance education fee for out-of-state students only: $250 per semester credit hour.
Lab fee: $30.
Semester Credit Hours: 1.5

 

CLSC 4037       Microbiology Practicum
Under the supervision and direction of a clinical instructor in the hospital setting, the student is introduced to the functional roles of the clinical microbiology laboratory. Emphasis is on the practical application of microbiological principles in the areas of bacteriology, parasitology, mycology, and mycobacteriology. Students have the opportunity to gain experience in the isolation and identification of both indigenous microflora and potential disease producing organisms of man. Concepts of Total Quality Management (TQM) are emphasized.
Practicum fee: $10 per semester credit hour.
Semester Credit Hours: 4.0

 

CLSC 4038       Microbiology Categorical Practicum
Under the direction and supervision of a clinical instructor in the clinical microbiology lab, the student is introduced to the functional roles of the clinical microbiology laboratory. Students will have the opportunity to develop proficiency in the areas of bacteriology, parasitology, mycology, mycobacteriology, immunology, and virology. A period of time will be devoted to allow the student to gain experience in performing microbiological studies in each of these areas.
Practicum fee: $10 per semester credit hour.
Semester Credit Hours: 10.0

 

CLSC 4040       Human Genetics
An advanced course which provides the student an opportunity to study the cell cycle, oogenesis, spermatogenesis, Mendelian inheritance, polygenic inheritance, population genetics, medical genetics, clinical cytogenetics, and basic molecular techniques. The course is self-paced requiring approximately 2 hours/week.
Semester Credit Hours: 2.0
Prerequisites: Admission to Cytogenetics Program or consent of instructor

 

CLSC 4041       Clinical Cytogenetics
This is an advanced lecture course covering theories, concepts, and techniques applicable to the practice of clinical cytogenetics. Topics include mitotic and meiotic cell cycles with emphasis on errors and manipulations, chromosome structure, mechanisms of chromosome abnormality formation, cytogenetics syndromers, inheritance patterns, cancer genetics, instability syndromes, clinical correlation of chromosome abnormalities, microscopy, computer imaging, cell culture, analysis, ISCN, pedigree construction, and other current genetic issues.
Semester Credit Hours: 4.0
Prerequisites:
CLSC 4040 or consent of instructor

 

CLSC 4042       Hematology for the Geneticist
This is an advanced study of the normal production, maturation, and function of erythrocytes, leukocytes, and platelets. The pathogenic mechanisms as well as the peripheral blood and bone marrow findings in relation to leukocyte disorders will be covered. Study of the correlation of cytogenetic abnormalities to specific disorders will be emphasized.
Semester Credit Hours: 1.0
Prerequisites: Concurrent enrollment in CLSC 4041 or consent of the instructor

 

CLSC 4043       Cytogenetics Techniques
This is an advanced laboratory course designed to cover all aspects of cytogenetic laboratory practice including specimen evaluation, culture initiation, culture maintenance, harvesting, slidemaking, staining and banding techniques (conventional, GTG, QFQ, CBG, AgNOR, DA/DAPI, SCE, and FISH), banding pattern recognition, microscopic analysis, computer imaging, computer-assisted karyotyping, and ISCN. Instrumentation, solution preparation, laboratory math, quality control, and regulatory issues will be emphasized.
Lab fee: $30.
Microscope fee: $18.
Semester Credit Hours: 4.0
Prerequisites: Concurrent enrollment in CLSC 4041 or consent of the instructor

 

CLSC 4044       Current Topics in Genetics
This is an advanced seminar course that provides the student an opportunity to acquire knowledge of the latest developments in the field of human genetics with emphasis on the structure, behavior, and function of chromosomes as related to human diseases. Discussion sessions follow seminar presentation of critical literature reviews of a specific topic, current journal articles, or of individual research. Presenters will be drawn from the cytogenetics community of the Health Science Center and surrounding area. Each student is required to make a short presentation on a topic of interest selected with the aid of the coordinator.
Semester Credit Hours: 1.0
Prerequisites: CLSC 4041 or concurrent enrollment

 

CLSC 4045       Clinical Cytogenetics Laboratory I
Under the supervision and direction of a clinical instructor in a hospital or reference laboratory setting, the student will have the opportunity to extend their knowledge of principles and techniques of clinical cytogenetics which were presented in the didactic portion of the curriculum. The student will have the opportunity to gain experience with a wide variety of procedures which include culturing, harvesting, slide preparation, staining, and analyzing metaphases, with emphasis on the processing of peripheral blood samples. Clinical correlations of the chromosomal findings are included. Grades are based on laboratory performance and results achieved on written and/or practical examinations conducted at the particular clinical affiliate to which the student is assigned.
Practicum fee: $10 per semester credit hour.
Semester Credit Hours: 5.0
Prerequisites: CLSC 4041, 4043, and 4042

 

CLSC 4046       Clinical Cytogenetics Laboratory II
Under the supervision and direction of a clinical instructor in a hospital or reference laboratory setting, the student will have the opportunity to extend their knowledge of principles and techniques of clinical cytogenetics which were presented in the didactic portion of the curriculum. The student will have the opportunity to gain experience with a wide variety of procedures which include culturing, harvesting, slide preparation, staining, and analyzing metaphases, with emphasis on the processing of amniotic fluid and chorionic villi samples. Clinical correlations of the chromosomal findings are included. Grades are based on laboratory performance and results achieved on written and/or practical examinations conducted at the particular clinical affiliate to which the student is assigned.
Practicum fee: $10 per semester credit hour.
Semester Credit Hours: 5.0
Prerequisites: CLSC 4045

 

CLSC 4047       Clinical Cytogenetics Laboratory III
Under the supervision and direction of a clinical instructor in a hospital or reference laboratory setting, the student will have the opportunity to extend their knowledge of principles and techniques of clinical cytogenetics that were presented in the didactic portion of the curriculum. The student will have the opportunity to gain experience with a wide variety of procedures which include culturing, harvesting, slide preparation, staining, and analyzing metaphases, with emphasis on the processing of bone marrow and solid tumor samples. Clinical correlations of the chromosomal findings are included. Grades are based on laboratory performance and results achieved on written and/or practical examinations conducted at the particular clinical affiliate to which the student is assigned.

Practicum fee: $10 per semester credit hour.
Semester Credit Hours: 5.0
Prerequisite: CLSC 4046

 

CLSC 4048       Clinical Cytogenetics Laboratory IV
Under the supervision and direction of a clinical instructor in a hospital or reference laboratory setting, the student will have the opportunity to extend their knowledge of principles and techniques of clinical cytogenetics that were presented in the didactic portion of the curriculum. The student will have the opportunity to gain experience with a wide variety of procedures which include culturing, harvesting, slide preparation, staining, and analyzing metaphases, with emphasis on quality control, applications of FISH, molecular techniques, and computer imaging. Clinical correlations of the chromosomal findings are included. Grades are based on laboratory performance and results achieved on written and/or practical examinations conducted at the particular clinical affiliate to which the student is assigned.

Practicum fee: $10 per semester credit hour.
Semester Credit Hours: 5.0
Prerequisites:
CLSC 4047

 

CLSC 4049       Cytogenetics Laboratory Practices
An exploration of problem-solving processes and strategies for resolving difficult cases is the focus of this course. Students will be presented with the opportunity to integrate previously presented topics with experiences gained from clinical practicums. A thorough review of basic principles as applied in the clinical laboratory is included.
Semester Credit Hours: 1.5
Prerequisites: CLSC 4048 or consent of instructor

 

CLSC 4050       Research in Cytogenetics
This is an advanced course that provides the student an opportunity to apply scientific method to a clinical laboratory research problem, demonstrate a systematic application of hypothesis formation, and decision-making through research design principles. Course evaluation is based upon performance on the term project. May be repeated for credit.
Semester Credit Hours: 1.0
Prerequisites: CLSC 4047 and consent of the Program Director and Instructor

 

CLSC 4053       Advanced Hematology
Using problem-based learning approach, this advanced course presents the pathogenic mechanisms of disorders involving erythrocytes, leukocytes, platelets, and coagulation factors. The methodology for detection of diseases of the blood and blood forming organs is examined. The peripheral blood and bone marrow findings in relation to various hematopoietic disease processes will be emphasized. Abnormalities of hemostatic mechanisms and their correlation with laboratory tests will be presented.
Semester Credit Hours: 2.0

 

CLSC 4054       Advanced Hematology/Web-Based
This advanced course in hematology/hemostasis presents the pathogenic mechanisms of disorders involving erythrocytes, leukocytes, platelets, and coagulation factors. The methodology for detection of diseases of the blood and blood forming organs is examined with emphasis on the interpretation of the findings and determination of appropriate reflex testing. Morphologic changes in the peripheral blood and bone marrow will be emphasized. This is a Web-based course. Enrollment is open to clinical laboratory technicians/medical laboratory technicians or military-trained laboratory personnel who have been accepted into the CLS program or by special permission from the course director. Texas residents and non-residents living in Texas pay applicable tuition and fees of the Health Science Center
Distance education fee for out-of-state students only: $250 per semester credit hour.
Semester Credit Hours: 2.0

 

CLSC 4055       Advanced Immunohematology
This is a lecture course which uses case studies to emphasize theory and principles and develop problem solving skills. Major areas of focus include collection, processing and therapeutic use of blood components; investigation of autoantibodies and alloantibodies as detected in hemolytic disease of newborns, transfusion reactions, and autoimmune hemolytic anemias. The HLA system and applications in transplantation and paternity testing will also be discussed. One section of this course is in a distance-learning format offered via the Web. Students wanting to enroll in the Web section must receive permission from the instructor.
Distance education fee for out-of-state students only: $250 per semester credit hour.
Semester Credit Hours: 2.0

 

CLSC 4057       Hematology Practicum
Under the direction and supervision of a clinical instructor, the student will have the opportunity to gain expertise and confidence working in the clinical hematology section of the hospital laboratory. Students will be allowed to perform hematologic tests as well as “troubleshoot” automated cell counters. An opportunity to gain proficiency in morphologic evaluation of normal and abnormal cellular morphology, including peripheral blood and bone marrow examination, will be offered. The student will be introduced to the technology of flow cytometry and the immunologic study of disease states. Knowledge of internal and external quality control methods in the hematology laboratory will be emphasized. Students will also have the opportunity to learn the principles of interfacing laboratory instrumentation with the laboratory information system as well as the role of the LIS in test ordering, specimen processing, and reporting results.
Practicum fee: $10 per semester credit hour.
Semester Credit Hours: 4.0

 

CLSC 4058       Hematology Categorical Practicum
Under the direction and supervision of a clinical instructor, the student will have the opportunity to gain expertise working in the clinical hematology laboratory. Students will perform routine and special hematologic procedures, “troubleshoot” automated cell counters, and gain proficiency in morphologic evaluation of normal and abnormal cellular morphology, including peripheral blood and bone marrow examination. The student will be introduced to the technology of flow cytometry and immunologic study of disease states. In addition, the student will perform routine and special coagulation procedures and evaluate body fluids. Internal and external quality control methods in the hematology/coagulation laboratory will be emphasized. Phlebotomy techniques also will be practiced.
Practicum fee: $10 per semester credit hour.
Semester Credit Hours: 6.0

 

CLSC 4067       Immunohematology Practicum
Under the supervision and direction of a clinical instructor in the hospital setting, the student will be given the opportunity to perform routine blood grouping and typing, compatibility testing, and donor unit processing. Experience in solving antibody problems, HLA testing, and preparing components will also be offered. Quality assurance procedures are practiced on a daily basis.

Practicum fee: $10 per semester credit hour.
Semester Credit Hours: 4.0

 

CLSC 4068       Immunohematology Categorical Practicum
Under the supervision and direction of a clinical laboratory instructor, the student will have the opportunity to gain expertise in the various facets of clinical immunohematology. Areas emphasized include donor collection and processing, component preparation, routine grouping and typing, and compatibility testing. Students will have the opportunity to perform serologic testing for transfusion-transmitted disease. In addition, they will solve complex antibody problems and typing discrepancies using specialized techniques such as enzyme treatment, elution, and autoabsorption. Students will be required to perform HLA typing and investigate suspected cases of hemolytic disease of the newborn and transfusion reactions. Quality control procedures and records management for each area will be emphasized.

Practicum fee: $10 per semester credit hour.
Semester Credit Hours: 6.0

 

CLSC 4070       Immunology Practicum
The student will be introduced to the technology of flow cytometry and the immunologic study of disease states. In the immunology/serology laboratory, the student will be required to perform routine testing of antigen/antibody reactions to help in the diagnosis of certain disease states.
Practicum fee: $10 per semester credit hour.
Semester Credit Hours: 2.0

 

CLSC 4083       Advanced Clinical Chemistry
This is an advanced clinical lecture course emphasizing abnormalities in liver, cardiac, renal, and endocrine systems and their effect on chemical blood constituents. The theories and use of complex biochemical methodologies including immunochemical assays, chromatography, and electrophoresis also will be discussed. One section of this course is in a distance-learning format offered via the Web. Students wanting to enroll in the Web section must receive permission from the instructor. Students in this section will pay the instructional fee for the course.
Distance education fee for out-of-state students only: $250 per semester credit hour.
Semester Credit Hours: 3.0

 

CLSC 4087       Chemistry Practicum
Under the supervision and direction of a clinical instructor in the hospital setting, the student is introduced to the delivery of health care as it relates to the chemistry diagnostic laboratory. The student has the opportunity to gain experience in toxicology, electrophoresis, immunochemical assays, urinalysis, and special chemistry procedures including neonatal intensive care testing. The student will be given the opportunity to operate modern, state-of-the-art clinical laboratory equipment. Motor skills as well as interpretive skills will be stressed. Knowledge of internal and external quality control methods in the clinical chemistry laboratory will be emphasized.
Practicum fee: $10 per semester credit hour.
Semester Credit Hours: 4.0

 

CLSC 4088       Clinical Chemistry Categorical Practicum
Under the supervision and direction of a clinical instructor in a hospital or reference laboratory setting, the student will have the opportunity to gain expertise and confidence working with automated clinical analyzers and performing esoteric clinical chemistry analyses. The student will have the opportunity to operate state-of-the-art, high-volume chemical analyzers, to observe preventive maintenance and troubleshooting procedures, and to gain firsthand experience with the recording and evaluation of quality control results. The student will perform highly specialized chemical analyses that may include serum protein electrophoresis, lipoprotein electrophoresis, toxicology screens, immunochemical assays, lecithin/sphingomyelin ratio for assessment of fetal lung maturity, blood gas analyses, and blood gas instrument troubleshooting procedures. The ability to organize work in a multitasking environment will be emphasized. The student will be encouraged to present interesting and unusual case studies in an academic environment.
Practicum fee: $10 per semester credit hour.

Semester Credit Hours: 6.

 

CLSC 4090       Management for Clinical Laboratory Sciences
This course is designed to provide the student with the opportunity to develop entry-level management and supervisory skills. Topics include principles of communication; group dynamics; leadership styles; interviewing; planning; financial analysis; and policies, procedures, and regulations. Developing and designing presentations; learning principles, objectives, and use of audiovisual aids; and design and evaluation of research projects are discussed. Other timely topics in health care may be considered. This is a Web-based course and enrollment is open to clinical laboratory technicians or military-trained personnel who have been accepted into the CLS program, or by special permission from the course director.
Distance education fee for out-of-state students only: $250 per semester credit hour.

Semester Credit Hours: 3.0

 

CLSC 4091       Independent Study
A plan of study is determined by the supervising faculty. The participating student and supervising faculty develop the course requirements and forms of evaluation. Credit hours are determined by the scope of the project.
Semester Credit Hours: 1.0–12.0

 

CLSC 4092       Management I

This course is designed to present the principles of group dynamics, human resource management, and financial analysis to students in laboratory medicine. Topics include leadership styles, staffing, and laboratory information systems (data management, analysis, selection). Writing résumés, job performance, and laboratory procedures are included. This course includes interviewing techniques and performance evaluations.
Semester Credit Hours: 1.0

 

CLSC 4093       Management II
This course is designed to present current issues in managed care including outcomes assessment, evidence-based medicine, infection control, CLIA regulations, point of care testing, on-site surveys of the laboratory, and medical necessity. Communication skills and educational techniques are presented. Topics include verbal and written communication, effective listening, learning principles, objectives, and use of audiovisual aids. Development and use of evaluation tools are covered.
Distance education fee for out-of-state students only: $250 per semester credit hour.

Semester Credit Hours: 1.5

 

CLSC 4101       Honors CLS Course

This is an elective course for students who want to study a CLS discipline in more depth or breadth, participate in a research project, study a professional issue, or work on a laboratory-related problem. This course is open only to students who have the permission of the Department Chair, are in good standing in the CLS Program, have a minimum GPA of 2.5, and a letter of recommendation from a CLS faculty member. The student is responsible for selecting an area of interest and securing the approval of a faculty mentor who will supervise the student’s work.
Semester Credit Hours: 2.5–5.0

 

CLSC 4102       Honors CLS Practicum
This elective course is for students who are interested in completing clinical practicums in specialized areas not included in the required clinical practicums. This may include laboratory management, molecular diagnostics, virology, etc. Certified clinical laboratory technicians who have extensive experience in the laboratory and who have completed the objectives of required practicums may choose to enroll in this practicum. A special clinical experience in the South Texas Environmental Education and Research (STEER) Program may be available to select students. This program is open to sophomores and juniors as well as seniors. The STEER Program is five weeks long and takes place in Laredo, Texas. Housing is provided. To enroll in this course, students must have the permission of the Department Chair, a minimum 2.5 GPA, and letters of recommendation from two faculty members. The student must be in good standing in all coursework. In addition, to enroll in the STEER Program, students must apply, be accepted, and complete a one-page statement of interest.
Practicum fee: $10 per semester credit hour.
Semester Credit Hours: 1.0–5.0

 

CLSC 4192       Research I

This course is an introduction to the components of medical research, the different types of clinical research trials, the purpose of the institutional review board, and the informed consent procedure. The course will also describe the characteristics of the ethical researcher. An overview of research design will focus on the literature review and development of the research question.
Semester Credit Hours: 0.5

 

CLSC 4193       Research II
This course is a continuation of CLSC 4192 Research I, and will continue with discussion of the development of the research question and literature review. Students will have the opportunity to participate in group projects writing short research proposals and preparing the inform consent document.
Semester Credit Hours: 0.5