Course Descriptions

Required Courses

In regularly scheduled lectures and laboratory sessions, students learn basic principles and procedures in each of the following areas. The didactic courses (7 semester hours) are prerequisites for the clinical courses (4 semester hours), except for Special Studies, which is a clinical course only.

Blood Banking, Immunology, Serology (320-D and 320-C)

Blood Banking includes the study of immunology, immunohematology, and serology.  Students review basic immunology principles and apply them in serological testing and immunohematology.  Immunohematology consists of the study of the clinical transfusion service including collection and processing of donor blood and its components. Emphasis is placed on the study of the nature and action of important antibodies pre-and post-transfusion testing. The Blood Banking / Immunology / Serology syllabus describes the courses in more detail.

Clinical Chemistry (321-D and 321-C)

Clinical Chemistry involves the analysis of the chemical constituents of the blood, urine, cerebrospinal fluid, and other body fluids. Students perform pertinent statistical calculations and other quality control procedures in addition to routine and special tests. Students also learn to operate and maintain a variety of automated instruments. Molecular Pathology/Diagnostics is incorporated into the clinical course. This includes discussion of basic genetic principles, molecular diagnostic testing principles, and the correlation of molecular pathology to disease diagnosis. The Clinical Chemistry syllabus describes the courses in more detail.

Clinical Microbiology (322-D and 322-C)

Clinical Microbiology includes the study of bacteriology, parasitology, mycology, and virology. Students study methods and perform techniques used in isolating and identifying microorganisms, both pathogenic and normal flora, that are found in human specimens. Other topics studied include susceptibility testing, hospital epidemiology, and quality control. The Clinical Microbiology syllabus describes the courses in more detail.

Hematology and Coagulation (323-D and 323-C)

This course includes the study of blood cells, bone marrow, and coagulation. Students learn to perform and interpret results of diagnostic tests involving the cellular elements of the blood including the microscopic and phsysical properties and the evaluation of hemostasis. The Hematology / Coagulation syllabus describes the courses in more detail.

Urinalysis and Body Fluids (324-D and 324-C)

This course is a study of urinalysis and body fluids.  Students learn to perform and interpret results of diagnostic tests involving the gross, microscopic, physical, and chemical properties of urine and other body fluids.  The Urinalysis and Body Fluid syllabus describes the courses in more detail.

Special Studies (325-C)

Special Studies includes the study of principles and procedures in hospital relations, blood collection, clinical laboratory operations, computer applications, quality management, clinical laboratory management, educational methodologies, and research design. Students perform standard techniques used in obtaining suitable blood specimens for testing, acquire knowledge of a hospital's organization operations, and acquire experience in interacting with patients, visitors, physicians, supervisors, and other hospital personnel.  Students also participate in end-of-year review sessions and take a comprehensive examination. The Special Studies syllabus describes the course in more detail.


Quick Reference

Program in Medical Laboratory Science
Program Director: Beth Gaither, MT(ASCP)SM MBA

Tel: 336-716-4727


Department of Pathology 
WF Baptist Medical Center
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Winston-Salem, NC 27157
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