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Histotechnology Course Descriptions

  • HTL 300. Introduction to Histology. An introductory course designed to familiarize the student with the study of basic histology. The course will focus on the care and use of a microscope and basic tissue identification. Structure and identification of tissue systems and organs is emphasized at the cellular level. (Lecture/Lab) (3 semester hours)
  • HTL 305. Basic Clinical Biochemistry. An introduction to the fundamental aspects of biochemistry with an emphasis on the relationship between structure and function of the major classes of macromolecules in living systems. (Lecture) (2 semester hours)
  • HTL 310. Medical Terminology. The study of basic medical terminology as it applies to the structure, function, and diseases of the human body. (Lecture) (2 semester hours)
  • HTL 320. Histotechniques I. A systematic lecture and laboratory study of the theory and practical applications of tissue fixation, processing, embedding, sectioning, microtomy, and routine staining. Students will learn the basic principles, components, and use of instruments in the histology laboratory. (Lecture/Lab) (4 semester hours)
  • HTL 330. Staining Techniques I. The theoretical and practical aspects of routine and special stains. Quality control of routine and special stains is also covered. Staining techniques for identifying nuclear and cytoplasmic structures, carbohydrates, and amyloid will be presented. (Lecture/Lab) (3 semester hours)
  • HTL 350. Research Design and Statistics. A study of basic topics of research design and statistics. Special focus on critical review and techniques of applied research. (Lecture) (3 semester hours)
  • HTL 410. Ethics and Professional Issues. A review of legal and ethical concepts affecting health care professionals. (Lecture) (1 semester hour)
  • HTL 420. Histotechniques II. A lecture and laboratory focusing on the theory and practical applications of routine and advanced techniques in histology such as: immunohistochemistry, enzyme histology, microwave technology, in situ hybridization and electron microscopy. (Lecture/Lab) (4 semester hours) Prerequisite: HTL 320
  • HTL 425. Seminar. This course provides an overview of various topics in Histotechnology. (Lecture) (1 semester hour)
  • HTL 430. Staining Techniques II. A continuation of routine and special stains with an emphasis on connective, muscle, and nerve tissues. Pigments, minerals, and cytoplasmic granules will be differentiated and identified. (Lecture/Lab) (3 semester hours) Prerequisite: HTL 330
  • HTL 435. Histotechnology Capstone. This course provides a review of histology theory and practice through use of assessment modules focusing on: fixation, processing, embedding, staining, immunohistochemistry, flow cytometry, in situ hybridization, electron microscopy, lab operations, gross dissection and description, cytology, and lab safety. (Lecture) (2 semester hours) Prerequisite: HTL 420
  • HTL 440. Histotechnology Practicum I. Supervised rotations through clinical sites, to include histopathology, autopsy pathology, immunohistochemistry, and electron microscopy. (Clinical) (5 semester hours) Prerequisite: HTL 420
  • HTL 445. Histotechnology Practicum II. Supervised rotations through clinical sites, to include advanced techniques and special stains and procedures in histopathology, autopsy pathology, immunohistochemistry, and electron microscopy. (Clinical) (5 semester hours) Prerequisite: HTL 420
  • MLS 310. Body Fluid Analysis. A study of the qualitative and quantitative changes in the renal system based on anatomical and physiological alteration. (Lecture/Lab) (3 semester hours)
  • MLS 311. Basoc and Clinical Immunology. A study of the principles of in vivo and in vitro immunological responses and immunologic testing, theory and practice in relation to disease in man. (Lecture/Lab) (3 semester hours)
  • MLS 312. Essentials of Hematology. A study of blood and blood forming organs and basic diagnostic procedures. (Lecture/Lab) (3 semester hours)
  • MLS 313. Clinical Bacteriology. A study of pathological bacteria with an emphasis on techniques of isolation and identification. (Lecture/Lab) (3 semester hours)
  • MLS 323. Mycology, Parasitology and Virology. A study of pathological microorganisms with an emphasis on techniques of isolation and identification of fungi and viruses, medically significant protozoan and helminth parasites and their vectors, and various culturing techniques. Prerequisite: MLS 313 (Lecture/Lab) (3 semester hours)
  • MLS 327. Laboratory Operations. A study of laboratory math, basic statistics and quality assurance programs in the clinical laboratory. (Lecture) (2 semester hours)
  • MLS 340. General Pathology. A study of the etiology and symptomatology of the general pathological conditions affecting the body. (Lecture) (2 semester hours)
  • MLS 405. Introduction to Molecular Diagnostics. An introductory course in molecular terminology, the basic anatomy of a gene, the components of DNA and RNA, and the role of DNA and RNA in a cell. Principles of basic molecular techniques used in research and clinical laboratories will be introduced. (Lecture) (3 semester hours)
  • MLS 417. Principles of Management and Education in Clinical Laboratory Sciences. An introduction to the principles of management and education as applied to the profession of medical laboratory science. (Lecture) (1 semester hour)