Medical Laboratory Sciences Program Courses

The Medical Laboratory Sciences program course information below is provided for reference only. Please consult the UConn Undergraduate Catalog or your academic advisor for the most up-to-date course and graduation requirement information.

AH 2001 – Medical Terminology (1 credit)

Introduction and mastery of medical terminology through presentation of word roots, prefixes, and suffixes.

AH 3121 – Immunology for the Medical Laboratory Sciences (3 credits)

Undergraduate MLS students only. Mechanisms of innate and acquired immunity, antigen-antibody interactions, function of the human immune system in normal and diseased states.

AH 4241 – Research for the Health Professional (2 credits)

Research questions/hypotheses, finding and using research literature, ethical considerations, research design, sampling, measurement, reliability and validity, descriptive and inferential statistics, computer analysis of data, evaluating research, reviews of literature and proposals.

DGS 4234 – Diagnostic Molecular Technologies (3 credits)

DNA and RNA diagnostic technologies used in clinical settings; clinical applications in prenatal diagnosis; cancer management, transplantation, paternity testing, forensic medicine, and microbiology.

DGS 4235 – Laboratory in Molecular Diagnostics (2 credits)

DNA isolation, blotting techniques, fluorescent in situ hybridization, polymerase chain reaction, and Genprobe assay.

MLSC 3301 – Fundamentals of Medical Laboratory Sciences (3 credits)

Introduction to the various disciplines of study in laboratory medicine. Principles of laboratory safety, quality assurance and quality control, and laboratory mathematics as well as use of common laboratory equipment.

MLSC 3333 – Mycology, Parasitology, and Virology (3 credits)

Principles of disease and epidemiology, mechanisms of pathogenicity, and laboratory isolation and identification of fungi, parasites, and viruses causing human disease.

MLSC 3365 – Theory of Phlebotomy (1 credit)

Venipuncture and special phlebotomy techniques, safety, ethics, and management of phlebotomy services.

MLSC 4301 – Clinical Chemistry and Instrumentation (3 credits)

Manual and automated methods for the biochemical analysis of blood and body fluids; principles of operation, maintenance, and troubleshooting of laboratory instruments. Evaluation of test results in normal and diseased states.

MLSC 4302 – Clinical Chemistry Laboratory (3 credits)

Application of the theory and techniques learned in MLSC 4301 to the clinical laboratory setting. Understanding work flow, teamwork, evaluation of normal and abnormal results; instrumentation and quality assurance in the general laboratory environment.

MLSC 4311 – Hematology (4 credits)

Principles of hemostasis, blood cell formation, morphology, function and kinetics; pathophysiology of coagulation and blood cell disorders; principles and procedures used to evaluate coagulation and blood cells in blood and body fluids; laboratory practice in microscopic evaluation.

MLSC 4312 – Hematology Laboratory (3 credits)

Application of the theory and techniques learned in MLSC 4311 to the clinical laboratory setting. Understanding work flow, teamwork, evaluation of normal and abnormal results, instrumentation and quality assurance in the general laboratory environment. Correlation of blood cell morphology and laboratory data in normal and disease states.

MLSC 4321 – Clinical Immunology (2 credits)

Methods for detection of antigens and antibodies in blood and body fluids; immunological methods for the diagnosis of infectious diseases and abnormalities of the immune system.

MLSC 4322 – Clinical Immunology Laboratory (1 credit)

Application of the theory and techniques learned in MLSC 4321 to the clinical laboratory setting. Understanding work flow, teamwork, evaluation of normal and abnormal results, instrumentation, and quality assurance in the general laboratory environment.

MLSC 4341 – Clinical Microbiology (4 credits)

Isolation and identification of normal flora and clinically significant bacteria and fungi from clinical specimens, correlation of the organisms isolated to disease states, and susceptibility testing of bacteria.

MLSC 4342 – Clinical Microbiology Laboratory (4 credits)

Application of the theory and techniques learned in MLSC 3333 and MLSC 4341 to the clinical laboratory setting. Understanding work flow, teamwork, evaluation of normal and abnormal results, instrumentation, and quality assurance in the general laboratory environment.

MLSC 4351 – Transfusion Services (3 credits)

Human blood groups, HLA antigens, compatibility testing, donor selection, and their relationship to transfusion and transplantation. Evaluation of laboratory results for selection of blood components for therapy.

MLSC 4352 – Transfusion Services Laboratory (2 credits)

Application of the theory and techniques learned in MLSC 4351 to the clinical laboratory setting. Understanding work flow, teamwork, evaluation of normal and abnormal results, instrumentation and quality assurance and preparation of blood components in the general laboratory environment.

MLSC 4371 – Urinalysis and Body Fluids (2 credits)

Introduction to the analysis of body secretions, specifically urine, feces and sterile body fluids. Topics include physical, chemical and microscopic examinations. Body fluid cell counts and other miscellaneous laboratory procedures will also be performed.

MLSC 4094W – Seminar in Medical Laboratory Sciences (2 credits)

Undergraduate MLS majors only. Examination of case studies integrating all areas of the clinical laboratory in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of disease. Design and implementation of a research project or investigation of a topic in Medical Laboratory Sciences. Oral and written presentation of research project or topic.

MLSC 4500 – Laboratory Operations and Professional Practice (2 credits)

Undergraduate MLS majors only. Professionalism and basic management practice in the clinical laboratory. Human resource management, continuous quality improvement/performance improvement, financial management. Educational methodology and terminology and communication skills.