Program Overview

About

MISSION

The mission of the Medical Laboratory Science program at LSU Health Shreveport is to provide the highest quality education to prepare students to become exemplary laboratory professionals capable of adapting in a dynamic healthcare environment.  The program is committed to preparing students with the theoretical knowledge and technical skills necessary to succeed as practicing laboratory science professionals who value ethics, research, service, and life-long learning.

PROGRAM GOALS
  • To deliver educational courses that equip the student with the professional knowledge and entry-level competencies needed to work in various clinical settings.
  • To provide the student with sufficient knowledge and experience to pass a national certification examination and obtain state licensure.
  • To foster relationships with clinical affiliates to ensure the highest quality practicum experiences and potential job opportunities.
  • To prepare the students to be a life-long learner who remains current with healthcare and technological advancements relevant to the medical laboratory science profession.
 

Medical Lab Science Graduate Performance Statistics

MLS
Outcomes
2014-15 2015-16 2016-17 2017-18
Entered
Program
10  20 11 9
Completed Program 10
(100%)
20
(100%)
11
(100%)
9
(100%)
Passed Certification Exam of First Attempt 10
(100%)
20
(100%)
10
(91%)
9
(100%)
Employed
within 6 Months
10
(100%)
20
(100%)
11
(100%)
9
(100%)

Curriculum

The curriculum in Medical Laboratory Science at the LSU Health Shreveport begins three times a year accepts students three times a year (at the beginning of the fall, spring, and summer semesters) and lasts for 15 months, which includes four months in an affiliated clinical site. The professional courses leading to the Bachelor of Science degree in Medical Laboratory Science are as follows:

Summer Semester
MTEC 4102 Clinical Microscopy (2 credit hours)
MTEC 3107 Introduction to Immunology (3 credit hours)
MTEC 4105 Clinical Parasitology/Mycology (2 credit hours) 
MTEC 4119 Introduction to Molecular Diagnostics (3 credit hours) 
MTEC 3131 Professional Skills in Clinical Laboratory Science I * (1 credit hour)
Total Hours 10 or 11

Fall Semester
MTEC 4122 Clinical Immunohematology Laboratory (2 credit hours)
MTEC 4111 Clinical Immunohematology (2 credit hours)
MTEC 4125 Clinical Microbiology Laboratory (1 credit hour)
MTEC 4104 Clinical Microbiology (4 credit hours)
MTEC 4109 Clinical Chemistry (4 credit hours)
MTEC 4143 Diagnostic Hemostasis (2 credit hours)
MTEC 3131 Professional Skills in Clinical Laboratory Science I * (1 credit hour)
Total Hours 15 or 16

Spring Semester
MTEC 4120 Techniques and Skills in Clinical Laboratory Science (4 credit hours)
MTEC 4203 Research in Clinical Laboratory Science (1 credit hour)
MTEC 4152 Clinical Hematology (3 credit hours)
MTEC 4153 Clinical Hematology Laboratory (2 credit hours)
MTEC 4205 Laboratory Operation and Personnel Management (2 credit hours)
MTEC 3131 Professional Skills in Clinical Laboratory Science I * (1 credit hour)
Total Hours 12 or 13

Clinical Practicum
MTEC 4137 Clinical Chemistry Instrumentation Practicum (2 credit hours)
MTEC 4144 Clinical Special Chemistry Practicum (1 credit hour)
MTEC 4146 Clinical Molecular Pathology Practicum I (1 credit hour) 
MTEC 4133 Clinical Microscopy Practicum (1 credit hour)
MTEC 4145 Clinical Parasitology and Mycology Practicum (1 credit hour)
MTEC 4131 Clinical Hematology Practicum (3 credit hours)
MTEC 4132 Clinical Immunohematology Practicum (3 credit hours)
MTEC 4135 Clinical Microbiology Practicum (4 credit hours)
MTEC 4204 Senior Seminar (1 credit hour)
Total Hours 17

Cumulative Total 55 Credit Hours

* indicates additional course required for students entering this semester
 

Course Descriptions

MTEC 3107 Introduction to Immunology (3 Credits)

This lecture course is designed to familiarize the student with the structure, synthesis, and functions of antibodies; antigen-antibody interaction; cell-mediated and humoral immunity; hypersensitivity; autoimmunity; and immunologic diseases. The course also includes principles, procedures, application, and interpretation of immunological techniques.

MTEC 3131 Professional Skills in Clinical Laboratory Science (1 Credit)

 This lecture/laboratory/online course provides an introduction to the role of the clinical laboratory scientist as a member of the health care team and delivers an overview to the clinical laboratory environment. This introductory course includes theory and practical experience for basic laboratory skills in laboratory operations, safety, equipment, as well as use and care of the microscope. Also included are test taking skills, study skills, and time management techniques. During the education component, the student will determine his/her learning style and analyze objectives and test questions.

MTEC 4105 Clinical Parasitology/Mycology (2 Credits)

Lecture and laboratory exercises on the classification and identification of medically important parasites and fungi including epidemiology, pathology and morphology of infective and diagnostic forms.

MTEC 4102 Clinical Microscopy (2 Credits)

Lectures, discussions, demonstrations and laboratory exercises focusing on the anatomy, physiology, and pathology of the urinary tract, with emphasis on concepts related to the formation, distribution, and function of urine and body fluids and their physical, chemical and cellular composition in health and disease.
 

MTEC 4205 Laboratory Operations and Personnel Management (2 Credits)

Lecture and practical exercises that focus on laboratory personnel and operation in a clinical laboratory. Students will become familiar with management, employee motivation, interpersonal communication, and interview skills. Students will learn the operations of a clinical laboratory, including laws, regulations, accrediting standards, compliance, and laboratory information systems in an evolving healthcare system.
 

MTEC 4203 Research in Clinical Laboratory Science (1 Credit)

Lectures and projects in clinical laboratory research including statistical analysis, research design, evidence-based medicine and outcomes-based research, evaluation and application of published studies to clinical laboratory science.

MTEC 4120 Techniques and Skills in Clinical Laboratory Science (4 Credits)

Discussions, demonstrations, and laboratory exercises performed in the student laboratory designed to familiarize the student with the principles, procedures, and interpretation of general and advanced techniques in the clinical laboratory. Includes theory and practical experience for laboratory skills including phlebotomy, laboratory mathematics, quality control, quality assurance, and principles of instrumentation.

MTEC 4153 Clinical Hematology Laboratory (2 Credits)

Discussion, demonstration and laboratory exercises performed in the student laboratory designed to familiarize the student with the principles, procedures, and interpretation of general and advanced techniques used in hematologic evaluation. Includes principles of instrumentation and methods of laboratory quality control. The course includes principles of instrumentation, flow cytometry, molecular diagnostics, and quality assurance/quality control. Concurrent registration in MTEC 4152.
 

MTEC 4122 Clinical Immunohematology Laboratory (2 Credits)

Lectures, discussions, demonstrations, and laboratory exercises performed in the student laboratory designed to familiarize the student with the principles, procedures and interpretation of general and advanced techniques as applied in the clinical immunohematology laboratory. Stresses importance of laboratory quality control in transfusion practices. Concurrent registration in MTEC 4111.

MTEC 4125 Clinical Microbiology Laboratory (1 Credit)

Discussions, demonstrations, and laboratory exercises performed in the student laboratory designed to familiarize the student with the principles, procedures, and interpretation of manual and automated techniques in the isolation and identification of clinically significant bacteria. Concurrent registration in MTEC 4104.

MTEC 4143 Diagnostic Hemostasis (2 Credits)

A lecture and laboratory class that focuses on normal and abnormal hemostasis. This course is also designed to familiarize the student with the principles, procedures, application, and interpretation of coagulation techniques.

MTEC 4119 Introduction of Molecular Diagnostic Techniques (3 Credits)

Lectures, discussions, demonstrations, and laboratory exercises designed to familiarize the student with the principles and clinical applications of nucleic acid-based molecular testing and virology in the clinical laboratory.

MTEC 4152 Clinical Hematology (3 Credits)

Lectures on normal function and morphology of the blood and bone marrow, and theoretical aspects of blood cell development and function. Emphasis is placed on the etiology, mechanism, and clinical significance of malignant and nonmalignant pathological changes occurring in disease states. Included will be evaluation and interpretation of available laboratory methods.

MTEC 4104 Clinical Microbiology (4 Credits)

Lectures on the physiology, metabolism, and pathogenesis of medically important bacteria with emphasis on their isolation and identification in the clinical laboratory.

MTEC 4109 Clinical Chemistry (4 Credits)

Lectures and discussions on the physiological pathology of the major organ systems and their chemical constituents with emphasis on the methodology used in the clinical chemistry laboratory in the investigation of pathological changes occurring in disease states. The student will take part in some laboratory exercises designed to familiarize him/her with the principles, procedures, and interpretation of techniques applied in the clinical chemistry laboratory.

MTEC 4111 Clinical Immunohematology (2 Credits)

Lectures on the theories and principles of antigen-antibody reactions as applied to blood-banking techniques with emphasis on cell-typing, crossmatching, and compatibility problems.

MTEC 4204 Senior Seminar (1 Credit)

An intense, integrative review course of selected topics in clinical laboratory science to prepare students for the board examination and state license.

MTEC 4131 Clinical Hematology Practicum (3 Credits)

Discussions, demonstrations and laboratory exercises performed in the clinical laboratory designed to familiarize the student with the principles, procedures, and interpretation of manual and automated general and advanced techniques as applied in the clinical hematology and coagulation laboratories. Includes principles of instrumentation and methods of laboratory quality control.
 

MTEC 4132 Clinical Immunohematology Practicum (3 Credits)

Discussions, demonstrations and laboratory exercises performed in the clinical laboratory designed to familiarize the student with the principles, procedures, and interpretation of general and advanced techniques as applied in the clinical immunohematology laboratory. Stresses importance of laboratory quality control in transfusion practices.

MTEC 4135 Clinical Microbiology Practicum (4 Credits)

Discussions, demonstrations, and laboratory exercises performed in the clinical laboratory designed to familiarize the student with the principles, procedures, and interpretation of manual and automated techniques in the isolation and identification of clinically significant bacteria.

MTEC 4137 Clinical Chemistry Instrumentation Practicum (2 Credits)

Discussions, demonstrations, and laboratory exercises performed in the clinical laboratory designed to familiarize the student with the principles, procedures, and interpretation of general and advanced instrumentation in the chemistry laboratory. Stresses quality control and assurance.

MTEC 4144 Clinical Special Chemistry Practicum (1 Credit)

Discussions, demonstrations, and laboratory exercises performed in the clinical laboratory designed to familiarize the student with the principles, procedures, and interpretation of manual, advanced, and automated procedures in the special chemistry laboratory. Stresses quality control and assurance.
 

MTEC 4146 Clinical Molecular Pathology Practicum I (1 Credit)

Discussions, demonstrations, and laboratory exercises performed in the clinical laboratory designed to familiarize the student with the principles, procedures, and interpretation of advanced techniques as applied in the molecular pathology laboratory.

MTEC 4133 Clinical Microscopy Practicum (1 Credit)

Discussions, demonstrations, and laboratory exercises performed in the clinical laboratory designed to familiarize the student with the principles, procedures, and interpretation of general and advanced techniques as applied to urinalysis and body fluid laboratories. Includes principals of instrumentation and methods of laboratory quality control.

MTEC 4145 Clinical Parasitology and Mycology Practicum (1 Credit)

Discussions, demonstrations, and laboratory exercises performed in the clinical laboratory designed to familiarize the student with the principles, procedures, and interpretation of general and advanced techniques as applied in the clinical laboratory.

Medical Laboratory Science

Accreditation

National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences
5600 N. River Rd.
Suite 720
Rosemont, IL 60018-5119
(843) 934-359

www.naacls.org


CONTACT

Student Admissions Office
(318) 813-2908
ShvAHStudentAffairs@lsuhsc.edu

Medical Laboratory Science
Department Office

Emily Jusselin, MLS Coordinator
ehear1@lsuhsc.edu
(318) 813-2910